The U.S. Department of Energy says that 45 companies – including many involved in renewable energy – have committed to doubling the engineering internships available at their companies in 2012.
The announcement was made by the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, in partnership with the Business Council, Business Roundtable, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, and American Chemistry Council.
NextEra Energy Resources LLC, General Electric and Duke Energy Corp. were among the companies that committed to doubling their engineering internship opportunities for next year.
"For America to stay competitive in the global market, we must train and retain the world's best engineers," says U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "Working together, private industry and the public sector can position the U.S. to continue to lead in science and innovation in the 21st century, creating good jobs and laying the foundation for a robust economy."