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Companies Promise to Add 6,300 Engineering Internships in 2012

A coalition of companies including Facebook Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. has committed to doubling the engineering internships they offer next year to create 6,300 new slots for students in the field, according to the White House.

The commitment by 45 companies was announced by President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in partnership with the Business Council, the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and the American Chemistry Council.

The internships are meant to address an administration goal of increasing by 10,000 each year the number of engineering students who graduate from U.S. colleges and universities.

“Today’s announcement is about inspiring and encouraging our next generation of engineers,” Intel Corp. (INTC) Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini, a member of the job’s council, said in a statement released by the administration. “It’s a private sector commitment working arm and arm with the government to accelerate the specialized skills needed for America to retain its technological pre-eminence.”

Along with Facebook, JPMorgan and Intel, the companies listed by the White House as taking part are: Alcoa Inc., American Express Co., AT&T Inc., Bayer AG, BNSF Railway Co., Boeing Co., Broadcom Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., Carus Corp., Caterpillar Inc., Conductix-Wampfler, ConAgra Foods Inc., Dell Inc., Duke Energy Corp., E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Eaton Corp., Fluor Corp., FMC Technologies Inc., General Electric Co., Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S., Longview Fibre Paper & Packaging Inc., Lubrizol Corp., Mastercard Inc.

Also, McKesson Corp., MeadWestvaco Corp., Nalco Co., NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Nordson Corp., Power Cubers Inc., Simon Property Group Inc., Spectra Energy Corp., Special Products & Manufacturing Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., Suffolk Construction Co., Sungard Data Systems Inc., Sunoco Inc., Symantec Corp., TE Connectivity Ltd, Tektronix Inc., Textron Inc., Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and Xerox Corp.

Five additional companies agreed to increase their internship slots as part of the program: Bechtel Corp., Chevron Corp., PCC Structurals Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Texas Instruments Inc.

To contact the reporter on this story: Margaret Talev in Washington at mtalev@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net.

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