About a year and a half ago, Merchant Data Systems Inc. started a college internship program in an attempt to attract younger workers to the firm.

“It’s just been wonderful,” says Drew J. Freeman, president of the Miami Beach, Fla.-based independent sales organization. The interns, who work in the marketing department, are exposed to myriad aspects of the payments business so they can learn and perhaps become employed full time at the company after they graduate. “It’s the best way to find out what their talents are and where they want to go,” Freeman says.

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