April 21, 2009

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By Heather Johns

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Internship Challenge has reached its goal to secure more than 500 undergraduate internships for summer 2009.

A total of 514 internship opportunities are available for Bucknell students at companies such as Deloitte, ABC News, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, NASA, the Smithsonian Art Museum, Children's Hospital Boston and TIME, Inc.

"The breadth and depth of opportunities available to Bucknell students through this challenge are quite remarkable," said Pam Keiser, associate executive director, Alumni Relations/Career Services and director, Career Development Center.

Alumni, parent response
"Alumni and parents have responded from a wide variety of industries and geographic locations, both profit and nonprofit in nature. It gives our students the option of exploring and testing out a number of areas they may not have considered prior to the launch of this effort," she said.

Internships give Bucknell students a leg up in a challenging job market. "Internships are more important than ever in a student's career and, in this difficult economic time, they are very difficult to secure," said Alison Ordonez, manager of internships/career consultant at Bucknell's Career Development Center. "It is amazing how alumni, parents and friends of Bucknell have stepped up to offer these wonderful opportunities to our students."

Though it focused on securing internships for summer 2009, the Internship Challenge's success is far-reaching. "We are very grateful for the support of the Bucknell community in coming together to share leads and opportunities to us that will benefit our students both now and in future years," Keiser said.

Contact: Division of Communications