March 27, 2006
Local firms, agencies offer students experience
CARBONDALE, 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.
Southern Illinois Healthcare, Illinois' Second Judicial Circuit, Penn Aluminum International, and the USDA Forest Service were among the businesses and agencies providing time and knowledge to students last week. SIUC students traveled throughout the country to participate in the week-long individualized experience.
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.
Each company tailors the week specifically for the extern, making the experience as valuable as possible. Students gain experience that will provide a wealth of knowledge for their future career and help them gain an edge in their future job search.
For more information about the extern program, contact the SIU Alumni Association at 618/453-2408.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Extern Program 2006
Southern Illinois Area
City Company, Name Employee Sponsor
Benton Illinois' Second Judicial Circuit, John Seymour
A.G. Edwards, Monte Kuhnert
Catholic Social Services, Mary Lou Loos
Image Architects, Inc. John Parkinson
Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP, Michael Hobbs
Old National Bank, Melissa Etherton
Regions Bank, Blaine Strock
Southern Illinois Healthcare, Philip Schaefer
Southern Illinois University, Greg Scott
Du Quoin Perry County Counseling Center, Melissa Mitsdarffer
Architechniques, Steve Sims
Maytag Herrin Laundry Products, Brenda Holmes
Ameren CIPS, Michael Abba
Clear Channel Radio, Paxton Guy
Gold's Gym, Shane Smith
VA Medical Center, Melanie Yearack
WTCT-TV 27, Fortune Brayfield
Mount Vernon Kemper CPA Group, LLP, Mary Jo Hollensbe
Murphysboro Penn Aluminum International, Inc. Georgia Baine
Tri-County Special Education, Sandy Sweeney
USDA Forest Service, Kelly Pearson
Paducah, Ky. Peck, Flannery, Gream, Warren, Inc. Paul King
For a complete list of national sponsors, contact the SIU Alumni Association at 618/453-2408.