These four IU South Bend students valued the unexpected benefits of their internships, and so did their employers. “It’s been very helpful to have an intern with a chemistry background,” said Michael Norris, head of production at Indiana Whiskey. “I do not have a science background, so it’s been a great asset to our business to have someone who understands the science behind the distilling process.” In turn, IU South Bend chemistry major Carrington Boyd discovered a new career path through her internship at Indiana Whiskey. “I found out I really enjoy the alcohol industry,” she explained. “And that surprised me because it was not on my radar screen. I plan to stick with it.”
Carrington Boyd, a senior chemistry major who attended Penn High School and was home schooled, began working at Indiana Whiskey in 2015. After talking with her chemistry professor, she discovered her new job as a distiller would also qualify for college credit as an internship. “I learned the distilling process in organic chemistry,” said Boyd. “I do it on a much larger scale at Indiana Whiskey. I put into practice the concepts I learned in the classroom to make enough whiskey to meet the demands of our customers.”
Indiana Whiskey, located in South Bend, is a distillery that produces small batch whiskeys using only Indiana-grown grains and Hoosier-manufactured stills and equipment.