Ford starts annual internship program amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Just because there's a malevolent virus lurking in all corners of the world does not mean education has to stop.
 
Ford Motors decided to grab the bull by the horns and start its annual summer internship program this month.
 
For this year,  600 lucky college students across the United States will be hired this summer and work for several weeks in marketing, design, connected vehicles, and other departments in the company. 
 
 
Of course, that's not to say that Ford is not taking precautions—and thinking out of the box from time to time due to the "coronavirus situation".
 
“Internships are a valuable learning experience and these students are a great pipeline for future Ford talent,” said Lena Allison, Ford U.S. talent acquisition and onboarding lead.
 
“It was important that we quickly redesign the internship program so we could still provide a meaningful learning experience and get to know them as potential future hires.”
 
"Redesigning the internship program" included  practicing safety protocols, like telecommuting to work—something that Ford employees are currently doing in the U.S.
 
And since students will work from home, Ford also shipped each laptop computer and headset directly to the interns.
 
The start of the internship program has already begun this June, where students experienced their virtual orientation on their very first day.
 
And since it will be a hands-on experience in a "virtual workplace," the interns are required to make regular consultations with their supervisors and skill teams regularly.
 
Katlynn Stone, an undergraduate studying computer science at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, is returning for her second internship with Ford. She's part of the connected vehicles team, which will be a good foundation when she works as a full-time software engineer.
 

Ford's summer internship program

“I was relieved and excited when I learned Ford is continuing its intern program,” said Stone.
 
“I had a great experience last year and am looking forward to learning more.” Stone and her fellow interns will gain valuable work experience and establish new connections through the program, just as they would under normal circumstances.
 
“Working from home the last few months has taught us that we can definitely provide a fulfilling virtual intern experience,” said Allison. “Interns will get a sense of the Ford culture, build connections with their peers and other Ford team members, and gain great professional experience.”
 

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