March 27, 2006
Students gain experience at central Illinois firmsARBONDALE, Ill. -- More than 150 Southern Illinois University Carbondale students last week spent Spring Break gaining valuable hands-on career experience through the SIU Alumni Association's extern program.
Externs spent the week at such offices as the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Attorney General's Office in Springfield, BLDD Architects Inc. in Decatur, Affina in Peoria, and Evergreen FS in Bloomington.
The extern program was established by the Alumni Association in 1984 and provides college juniors and seniors with the opportunity to gain invaluable real-world experience while still in school. Students are matched with successful SIUC alumni and friends around the country and give up their Spring Break in order to shadow professionals from their chosen career fields.
Providing students with career-planning services is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.
For more information about the extern program, contact the SIU Alumni Association at 618/453-2408.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Extern Program 2006
Central Illinois Area
City Company Name, Employee Sponsor
Bloomington Evergreen FS, Kendall Miller
Charleston University of Illinois,Cooperative Extension Sharon Kuhns
Decatur BLDD Architects Inc. Steven Oliver
Effingham Effingham Equity, Mike Tarter
Pontiac Interglobe Genetics, Bill Nolan
Rantoul Taylor Studios Inc. Melinda Anderson
Springfield Design Ideas, Chris Hardy
Hanson Professional Services, Brenda Kochman
IDOT, Danisha Miller
Illinois Attorney General's Office, Julie Moody
SIU School of Medicine, Prabodh Shah & Cheryl Matthews
St. John's Hospital, Tracie Sayre
Urbana University of Illinois, Gerald PijanowskiFor a complete list of national sponsors, contact the SIU Alumni Association at 618/453-2408.