DuPont Exceeds Goal for Doubling Engineering Student Employees in 2012

June 5, 2012

Gives Students Real World Experience in Using Engineering to Solve Big Global Challenges

Wilmington, DE (PRWEB) June 05, 2012

DuPont announced that it surpassed its goal for doubling the number of new engineering student employees in 2012. As a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman has worked with leaders from business, labor and academia to develop ideas to accelerate job growth and improve the country’s long-term competitiveness. DuPont was one of approximately 40 companies to commit to a goal of increasing our nation´s engineering internships as a way to improve retention and graduation rates in engineering studies. The DuPont Talent Acquisition U.S. campus team coordinated the overall effort to increase the 2011 goal from 135 filled student positions to more than 270 positions for 2012. “We’re excited to offer students the chance to use their engineering know-how to help us solve some of the world´s big challenges. DuPont is focused on providing more and better food for a growing global population, protecting people and the places that they work and live as well as providing renewable energy solutions that reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Engineering has a critical role to play in these efforts, and we look forward to what our engineering student employees will bring to our work,” said John Larock, DuPont University Relations & Campus Recruiting Manager, U.S. Talent Acquisition.

While recent trends indicate an increased enrollment and graduation for U.S. engineering students compared to a few years ago, engineering degrees per capita (degrees per million population) have remained fairly constant since 1991. The U.S. ranks 22nd out of the top 25 countries awarding 90 percent of the undergraduate engineering degrees, surpassing only Argentina, Brazil and Thailand.

These new student employees include engineering student interns and co-operative education students working in technical assignments in many of the DuPont businesses and functions. The groundwork to achieve this goal began last fall identifying assignments and generating candidates. Earlier this year, organizations and individuals across the United States and Puerto Rico participated in the screening and selection processes to match candidates to practical assignments.

“Although the selection process is close to complete, we have a lot of work ahead to successfully manage, and engage our students in these new assignments. We’re excited to provide them with valuable hands-on experiences they can apply to future jobs and we look forward to the upcoming events and activities planned for these students this summer across the United States,” said Larock.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

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