EfTA acknowledges companies participating in Student Internship Program
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA) brought its summer internship program to a close, acknowledging the participating companies and scholarship recipients, at the annual Internship Luncheon hosted at the new Hyatt Place The Woodlands, June 26.
Thirty local companies provided internships for 83 students equating to 6,640 hours of service that proved mutually beneficial to both interns and the participating organizations. Every conceivable career concept was represented which included education, energy, government, high technology, the medical field, research and development, the legal community, non-profit organizations, and the Conroe Fire Department who has long since been an EfTA advocate, volunteering in all aspects of their programming, as have many of the other companies.
This year a special emphasis was placed on STEM programming, referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This was underscored by keynote speaker, Bonnie Dunbar, PhD, NAE, M.D. Anderson Professor and Director of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Houston’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Director of the STEM Center.
“I was able to fulfill my dream of becoming an astronaut because I listened to my teachers when they said I needed to concentrate on math and science,” said Dr. Dunbar, previously a flight director for five shuttle missions. Her tenure at NASA spanned the entire space shuttle program, and included working on the NASA Skylab project, the Russian MIR space station, and the International Space Station.
Many hope for a window of opportunity to open, but Dr. Dunbar stated that concentrating on math and science not only opened up a world of opportunity, it opened up the universe. Her presentation chronicled her family history, a descendant of poor Scottish immigrants, life on a rural farm, and the year’s of commitment to studying math and science in order to get closer to the stars that she stared at in awe, when living ‘out in the country.’
A concentrated effort to promote STEM education has EfTA actively recruiting companies for their internship program, that will emphasize the maths and sciences, but all career paths are welcomed to participate.
“We welcome any company who has an opportunity for an intern,” said Program Director, Elaine Christian. “We really work at matching up the jobs with the students interests.”
The companies who participated in the 2014 Student Internship Program are as follows:
AEI Engineering, LLC
CHI St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands Hospital
City of Conroe Fire Department
Clariant Oil & Mining Services
Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce
Conroe Independent School District
Interfaith of The Woodlands
Just Health Center
Knighton & Stone, PLLC
Law Office of Denise Norman
Lone Star Internet Radio
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital
Montgomery County Court at Law #3
Montgomery County United Way
Shady Brook Animal Hospital
Spring Trading Company
Steinmann Law Firm
Texas A&M Forest Service
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Learning Lane
The Woodlands Children's Museum
The Woodlands Township
The Woodlands Young Learners Academy
True Companion Animal Hospital
EfTA President, Monica Bomkamp Enia, opened the luncheon by welcoming the participating companies, and closed after awarding the Mark Woodings Education Foundation Scholarships. For more information about the EfTA Student Internship Program, and EfTA’s other programs such as Future Focus, an in-classroom interactive project, and the SCI://TECH Exposition, the annual science and engineering fair, and also volunteer opportunities, call 936-271-6150, or visit the link provided.