Terri-Jane Yuzda

U of C Internship Wins National Award

Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., left, receives his program's Yves Landry award from Bob Beamish, chairman of the Woodbridge Group.

University of Calgary
Student Contributor

Third-year engineering students are currently busy revising resumes and applying for jobs. What's all the excitement and eagerness all about? As of May 2003, more than 340 engineering students hope to be on internship for the next for 12-16 months. They will go to Switzerland, Japan, Germany, the U.S. and all over Canada.

But now, the invaluable opportunity provided to these students is not the only thing to recognize. They can take pride that not only is the U of C Engineering Internship Program the largest of its kind in Canada, it is also nationally recognized as one of the best.

At the STARS GALA Award Ceremony in Toronto Nov. 7, the University of Calgary Engineering Internship Program received the Yves Landry Foundation's award for outstanding technical co-operative education program, university category.

This award, founded in 1998, commemorates the vision of the late Yves Landry, who was chairman, president and CEO of Chrysler Canada Ltd. His vision was "to forge an enlightened partnership between industry and education; train a world-class pool of skilled manufacturing workers, technicians and engineers; and secure technological advantage in a rapidly changing world."

Yves Landry Foundation awards go to high schools, colleges and universities that best demonstrate technological innovation, creativity and excellence.

"I am extremely pleased that our Engineering Internship Program, which is the flagship of our faculty, has been recognized for its nation-leading activities," says Dr. Chan Wirasinghe, P.Eng., dean of engineering.

Adds Nima Dorjee, P.Eng., director of the program: "Strong support from employers and faculty members, and the quality of the students, are the keys to the program's success. Employers all over the world seek students from this program for their technical competency and enthusiasm, and the value they provide employers."

In 2002 internship students will have collectively earned a record $9 million in salary. More than 10 per cent of students are placed in overseas positions.

Mr. Dorjee is also an APEGGA councillor. His program was the subject of a feature article in the July/August 2002 edition of The PEGG.




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