June 17, 2013
Alcoa Tennessee Operations welcomes 10 interns
Alcoa Tennessee Operations is hosting 10 interns this summer as part of a three month-long learning program.
The interns are working in various departments throughout the North and South plants. Nine are studying engineering, while one is a communications major. Nine of the interns are either rising juniors or seniors, while one is a master’s level student.
For some students, the internship opportunity at Alcoa is a change of pace. Manika Jain, a rising junior studying material science engineering at Rutgers University, works in her school’s research lab. “I’ve mostly worked in a research lab on microscale projects, so going into a manufacturing plant is a huge change and a great educational experience,” Jain said.
The students’ time in East Tennessee won’t just be spent in the plant. They plan to explore the area and see what Tennessee has to offer. The group plans to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a hiking trip as well as other activities.
The interns are also giving back to the local community. They will be volunteering on several projects this summer.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for college students to apply theoretical learning to hands-on situations, which interns express is quite a bit different,” said Kimberly Poston, a Human Resources representative at Tennessee Operations and coordinator of the internship program. “For some interns, it is the opportunity to explore the types of environments that they would enjoy working in upon graduation.”
“Last year we converted over 60% of our interns to fulltime, so the investment is definitely worthwhile.” Poston added.
“For Tennessee Operations, the benefits of having summer interns are endless. By hosting interns, Alcoa, Inc. is building a talent pipeline for the future,” said Poston.
This year Alcoa hosts two University of Tennessee Knoxville students. Deborah Huddleston of Seymour, Tenn. is a rising senior studying public relations. With Alcoa Inc. celebrating its centennial anniversary, Huddleston is playing a vital role in special event planning and implementation.
Neal Parikh of Fountain City, Tenn., is a rising senior studying electrical engineering. “Through the internship at Alcoa, I hope to gain more experience with real world projects,” Parikh said, “It is a great opportunity to learn from experienced engineers in a large international company that is continuing to expand.”
About Alcoa Tennessee Operations
Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world’s largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans and is based in Blount County, Tennessee. Locally, it employs more than 1,000 at its fabrication plants in Blount County and its downtown Knoxville office.