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January 21, 2003

TAP students ready to interview for summer internships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Now is the time for Indiana employers to begin the process to hire summer interns through Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program.

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Employers begin the intern recruiting process by contacting Jack Posey, TAP's summer intern coordinator. Most intern recruiting takes place between now and April 15. The pool of available students shrinks as the semester progresses, so Posey recommends employers get an early start. TAP can help schedule students for interviews. Students and employers negotiate salaries, and interns go to work after the end of spring semester on May 10.

Last summer, Norris Hulbert, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering technology from Louisville, Ky., worked in the maintenance department of Essroc Cement in Speed, Ind. She completed a database of computer-aided design drawings, documents for the electrical department and monthly reliability reports.

Hulbert's supervisor and Essroc's administrative manager, Steven K. Miller, was happy with her work.

"The TAP Summer Intern Program allows us to accomplish tasks that our regular personnel were unable to complete due to time constraints," Miller said. "Many of the things Norris worked on will help us reduce time spent on projects in the future and become more efficient."

Since 1988 more than 700 undergraduate and graduate engineering, technology and management students have worked for 375 Hoosier employers through TAP's summer intern program.

"Our program helps Indiana businesses, manufacturers and municipalities find well-qualified interns without spending excessive time in the recruiting and hiring process," Posey said.

Because of their diverse backgrounds, students can help in areas such as product development, computer-aided design, Web site development, plant layout, software selection, construction inspection and surveying, computer programming, and production process improvement. In addition, the intern program provides access to Purdue's faculty expertise for both the students and employers.

For 15 years TAP also has provided university resources to help more than 4,000 Indiana businesses, industries and government organizations implement new and advanced technologies to boost the state's economy. In addition to the intern program, TAP provides year-round technical assistance and technical information.

"Interns not only provide additional help during the summer, but often provide new insights into company processes that can result in significant improvements," Posey said. "Furthermore, many employers utilize the summer intern program to find prospective full-time employees."

Employers interested in the intern program can contact Posey at (765) 494-7845,

New this year, through a collaboration with Indiana INTERNnet, is a direct Internet connection for employers. After logging in at, employers may post internship descriptions, conduct searches of posted student resumes and receive resumes from students who match companies' internship requirements.

Writer: J.M. Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: Jack Posey, (765) 494-7845;

Steven K. Miller, (812) 246-7750,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


Purdue University senior Norris Hulbert was a Technical Assistance Program intern at Essroc Cement in Speed, Ind., last summer. Hulbert is a senior from Louisville, Ky., majoring in mechanical engineering technology. Since 1988 more than 700 undergraduate and graduate engineering, technology and management students have worked for 375 Hoosier employers through TAP's Summer Intern Program. (Division of Instructional Services photo by John Underwood)

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