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the program to others, said Tieu.


She added that in addition to a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, strong computer skills and the pursuit of a STEM degree, JPL seeks prospective interns who have a willing- ness to learn and excel and have a passion for space explo- ration. Additionally, students that show initiative and are involved in extracurricular activities are prime recruits. For the students who are close to graduating, the organization also looks for prospects with research knowledge.


For its summer 2014 internship program, Chrysler re- cruited 502 students from 127 universities—the most in the program’s 19-year history. The interns worked across all company operations and locations.


“We think it’s imperative to provide these young people with internship opportunities; it gives Chrysler Group the opportunity to find and harvest young talent,” said Alex Shesterkin, communications manager at Chrysler. “It’s almost comparable to a long interview, in the sense that it allows Chrysler to take a look at the skills and ideas the interns can offer, ultimately preparing them for what could possibly lead to full-time employment. Moreover, it gives the interns an opportunity to find out what it’s like to work in the industry, collaborate as a team and get a sense of what they like or don’t like.”


Interns are hired in almost every department from engi- neering to marketing, and an official said they are usu- ally assigned specific projects and given “a great deal of responsibility.”


Since 2009, Chrysler has hired 199 students from its intern program. In the 2013 intern class, 235 students gradu- ated from college, half received Chrysler job offers and 83 accepted them.


“We hope they get a valuable work experience that gives them the opportunity to learn about themselves, their skill- set and what it’s like to work in Chrysler Group’s culture,” said Shesterkin. “We also hope it gives the out-of-state interns a feel of what it’s like to work in Michigan and the benefits of living in this part of the country.”


She added that the benefits to the automaker are “end- less” with the interns bringing a fresh perspective.


“Interns can see the company through a new lens that enables them to contribute innovative ideas and propose unique solutions to problems or issues. Interns also bring a great energy to Chrysler Group’s culture,” Shesterkin said. “From an employee’s perspective, it gives you a renewed appreciation for the culture when you can see that your company is open to embracing their internship program and taking each intern’s views or ideas very seriously.”


Chrysler’s Intern Immersion Day on May 29.


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