Global healthcare company Abbott has announced a new student internship programme at its diabetes care business in Donegal Town.
The programme, which is being run in partnership with DIT and IT Sligo, will commence in February of next year.
The Abbott Science and Engineering Partnership is open to second and third-year students in the areas of science and engineering.
During this six to twelve month long paid internship the students will work full-time, under supervision, at Abbott’s facility in Donegal.
Speaking about the internship programme Adrian McMorrow, site director of Abbott’s diabetes care business in Donegal, said: “Our diabetes facility in Donegal is a world leader in the development of life-changing technology, helping people with diabetes all over the world live healthier, fuller lives.
“We are extremely excited to be embarking on this new partnership with DIT and IT Sligo and to provide this hands-on, career development experience to students in Engineering and Science disciplines.
“This will give the participants the opportunity to work with revolutionary and innovative technologies, every day and prepare them for the transition into industry having spent a very fulfilling placement with Abbott.”
The programme has been designed to provide the participants with a rewarding experience focused on obtaining essential workforce skills while benefitting from the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology.
Ger Reilly, head of school, Mechanical & Design Engineering at DIT, said: “The School of Mechanical & Design Engineering at DIT is delighted at the formation of a partnership with Abbott’s diabetes care business in Donegal.
“The discipline of Automation Engineering is of growing national and international relevance, particularly within modern manufacturing.
“We are excited by the internship opportunities which will be afforded to our students at Abbott and believe that the programme will be strengthened as a result.”
Jerry Bird, head of science at IT Sligo, said the new internship program enabled the institution to ‘continually evolve’.
He said: “The opportunity to simultaneously develop academically and professionally is not only a significant benefit for the student involved but enables our institution to continually evolve to meet the needs of the Medical Device Sector. The fluid nature of this program highlights a new vision for the seamless transition from study to career.”Tags: