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45 industry leaders pledge to double engineering internships in 2012

Today, a coalition of 45 industry leaders, many from the chemical industry, took on America’s growing education crisis with a commitment to offer twice as many engineering internships in 2012 as they did in 2011.

The initiative, led by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and part of a larger effort to grow the number of engineering graduates by 10,000 each year, is expected to create approximately 6,300 new opportunities for students interested in gaining first-hand experience while pursuing their degrees.

American engineers are part of a highly trained workforce helping to strengthen the economy, grow business, create jobs and continue our country’s history of spurring innovation.

However, between 1990 and 2008, the number of students graduating with engineering degrees was relatively static – around 120,000 each year – far fewer than the 1 million (and counting) engineers graduating from universities in India and China every year.

To remain competitive with growing economies such as India and China, we must strengthen America’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics education system.

The American Chemistry Council proudly supports the coalition as it leads this important effort.

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Alcoa Incorporated

American Express Company


Bayer AG

BNSF Railway


Broadcom Corporation

Cardinal Health

Carus Corporation



ConAgraFoods Inc.

Dell Inc.

Duke Energy Corporation




Fluor Corporation

FMC Technologies

General Electric

Intel Corporation

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kawasaki Motors Corporation, US.

Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging Inc.

Lubrizol Corporation


McKesson Corporation

MeadWestvaco Corporation

Nalco Company

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC

Nordson Corporation

Power Cubers Inc.

Simon Property Group Inc.

Spectra Energy Corporation

Special Products and Manufacturing Inc.

Sprint Nextel

Suffolk Construction


Sunoco Inc.


TE Connectivity, LTD.


Textron Inc.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Xerox Corporation

In addition, five companies are committing to increase their internship opportunities in 2012. They include:

Bechtel Corporation

Chevron Corporation

PCC Structurals Inc.

Johnson and Johnson Inc.

Texas Instruments Inc.



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