On Wednesday August 31st, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness announced fifty industry leaders that have committed to increasing the number of engineering internships available at their companies in 2012. These commitments announced on Wednesday will add approximately 6,300 additional opportunities for engineering students, and part of a greater Jobs Council effort to address America’s engineering shortage by graduating 10,000 more engineering students from U.S. colleges and universities each year.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said these commitments are important for the country, “For America to stay competitive in the global market, we must train and retain the world’s best engineers.”
Following the initial announcement, even more companies have pledged support. Just this week, Praxair Inc., Goodrich Corporation, HCA Healthcare, The Kroger Co., CH2M Hill and Cognizant Technology Solutions, Inc. promised to double the number of internships they offer next year, while Corning Incorporated, Eastman Chemical Company and US Steel promised to increase the number of internships for 2012, boosting the total of new internship opportunities to over 6,800 and giving even more engineering students the opportunity and experience they need to stay competitive and create a lasting impact on our country.