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Ford Summer Internship Program Goes Online for 2020

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With a global pandemic still very much ongoing, Ford is keeping most of its non-operation-critical employees home for the foreseeable future. The same will go for its 2020 summer intern class, which the automaker has announced will telecommute to work this year.

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“Internships are a valuable learning experience and these students are a great pipeline for future Ford talent,” said Lena Allison, Ford Motor Company U.S. talent acquisition and onboarding lead. “It was important that we quickly redesign the internship program so we could still provide a meaningful learning experience and get to know them as potential future hires.”

To make sure that the 600 students will be able to get the full experience, Ford is sending laptops and headphones to every member of the summer internship program. A virtual orientation is set to take place this month, kicking off an eight-week program that includes regular check-ins and a variety of social events.

Among the 2020 summer intern program class is Katlynn Stone, who is returning for her second year. The computer science undergraduate from Michigan Technological University says that she was relieved to learn that the program would be moving ahead in spite of the pandemic and is looking forward to building on her experience from last year.

Ford restarted North American manufacturing in May and has been working to get back up to full capacity in the month since. Though Ford has worked to bring its facilities back online while observing global safety protocols to ensure the health of employees, those who are able to do their work from home are being encouraged to continue doing so.

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