Foster Views Impact of Manufacturing Careers Internship Program
Aurora, IL – On Friday in Aurora, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) toured the Dunlee Manufacturing Facility, a division of Philips, to learn more about how the Manufacturing Careers Internship Program is helping to get young people interested and involved in manufacturing career opportunities.
Launched in 2011 to help fill the critical shortage of young adults entering manufacturing, the MCIP partners with local employers to place students into internships and helps them to secure long-term employment.
“The intention of the Manufacturing Careers Internship Program is to target local youth and offer them exposure to manufacturing careers,” said Al Saulys, executive director for the program. “We start by focusing on the attributes that employers value and provide our students with the skills needed to succeed on the job. 70 percent of the participants in the internship program have been offered permanent positions with their companies.”
Daniel Mikkell, one of the students interning at Philips-Dunlee, said, “If you want a career, come here – this program will give you so many opportunities.”
To date, the internship program has helped introduce more than 300 local students to careers in manufacturing, and has had the support of 150 local employers.
“This program is a great example of how local organizations and businesses can work together to help bring more opportunities to the young people in our community,” Congressman Foster said. “Opening doorways to careers in manufacturing not only benefits students with secure, good-paying jobs – it also benefits our economy by giving businesses the incentive to invest resources right here at home. I applaud Philips-Dunlee for being an active partner in this effort, and I thank them for inviting me in for a first-hand look at how the Manufacturing Careers Internship Program is being put to good use.”