Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative is expanding its intern program. Conexus Indiana, with support from Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, has launched the Work & Learn in Indiana: Career Exploration in Lightweight Metals Manufacturing program for 100 high school students throughout the state.
The program aims to provide students with real-world experience and the ability to explore careers at manufacturing companies in Indiana. The 100 students, who will be known as LIFT interns, will take part in a six-week paid internship beginning in June with various Indiana manufacturers, specializing in automotive, aerospace and lightweight metal applications.
"LIFT interns in Indiana will have the opportunity to explore lightweight manufacturing careers and develop ‘people and workplace’ skills in addition to manufacturing technical skills, all while cultivating foundational relationships with manufacturers throughout the state," said Emily DeRocco, education and workforce director for LIFT. "Additionally, manufacturers will have an extended, first-hand look at the state’s emerging pool of talent."
LIFT Executive Director Larry Brown says demand for skilled workers in lightweighting-related jobs is "skyrocketing" with more than 50,000 related jobs available in Indiana last year alone.
The students will work with 38 participating companies, including Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN), Rolls-Royce and Subaru of Indiana Automotive. You can learn more about the program by clicking here.