Winkler said she is considering going into the engineering field, and that the internship program should be a great help.
“I hope to gain knowledgable experience,” Winkler said. “I’m very excited and thankful for this opportunity.”
Lou Majerchin, director of human resources for National Railway, said the program differs from some internship opportunities in that it emphasizes hands-on work.
“We have expectations of the students that are coming in too — we’re going to put you to work,” Majerchin said. “So you’re not going to be just shuffling papers or whatever. We expect that you’ll learn and contribute to our organization too.”
Organizers hope to expand the program by partnering with additional local companies. Currently, the program is available to Jefferson County and Wayne City high school juniors and seniors enrolled in Project Lead the Way courses at the AVC.
“This is a partnership of progress — progress for this business, progress for the high school and progress for the City of Mt. Vernon,” said Mayor Mary Jane Chesley.
Also present at Tuesday’s event was Bradley University student Jonathan Stowers, who attended MVTHS.
While at MVTHS, Stowers was one of the first students to complete all the AVC engineering courses offered, which gave him a distinct advantage at college, he said.
“It’s a lot of experience,” Stowers said.