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February 22, 2007

Indy business leaders to provide internships, career counsel

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Approximately 60 Science Bound students from Indianapolis Public Schools on Saturday (Feb. 24) will explore science-related careers and summer internships during a career day sponsored by Purdue University.

Science Bound's fourth annual Career Day will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NCAA Hall of Champions, 700 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. The students will attend presentations developed by business leaders from Bowen Engineering Corp., Shiel Sexton Construction, Rolls-Royce, Raytheon Co., Indianapolis Power & Light, Veolia Water Indianapolis LLC., Eli Lilly and Co., Applied Engineering, General Electric, Citizens Gas and L'Acquis Consulting. High school juniors also will have the opportunity to interview for summer internships with Indianapolis companies or academic departments at Purdue.

Victor L. Lechtenberg, Purdue's vice provost for engagement, is scheduled to speak to the students at 8:45 a.m.

Science Bound director Wesley Campbell said students attending the event will gain valuable insights into what careers they might like to pursue.

"Once they obtain their degrees at Purdue, they'll have a wide array of options available to them as scientists or engineers," Campbell said. "Career Day should help them discover which paths they might like to pursue. It's also a good opportunity for the students to see people like themselves enjoying satisfying careers."

Campbell said the internships also will provide valuable hands-on practice.

"Internships give students direct experience in their field of choice," Campbell said. "They also provide an advantage during the job application process. The Science Bound students who interned last summer spoke very highly about this opportunity."

Science Bound, a program initiated by Purdue President Martin C. Jischke, mentors eighth-grade to 12th-grade Indianapolis Public Schools students and encourages them to take classes in preparation for future careers in science, engineering, technology, agriculture and math-science education. Upon acceptance, Science Bound students receive an opportunity to earn a full four-year tuition scholarship to Purdue to study in an approved technical field. The first class of Science Bound students will begin their studies at Purdue in August.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Sources: Wesley Campbell, (765) 494-0018, wesleyl@purdue.edu

Victor L. Lechtenberg, (765) 494-9095, vll@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Media can shoot photos or video footage of many of the workshops and speakers. To make arrangements and receive an itinerary, contact Kimm Strickland, Science Bound secretary, at (765) 494-0018, strickla@purdue.edu

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