Target: Ian Kitajima, Director of Business Development for Oceanit
Goal: Applaud company’s internship program that allows students to create projects that have the potential to be turned into actual products
For over twenty years, a Hawaii-based science and engineering company, Oceanit, has sponsored a unique and comprehensive internship program for college students across the nation. The program is unique in that some of the students’ projects are developed into actual products for use by Oceanit clients.
Oceanit is one of Hawaii’s largest science and engineering companies. Its services include ocean, civil, environmental, and coastal engineering consulting; designing, simulating, fabricating, and testing materials, sensors, and systems for aerospace purposes; information systems consulting; artificial intelligence, big data, business streamlining, community development, and emergency management software development; and work for life science projects.
This year’s interns come from universities in Hawaii, California, Pennsylvania, and Texas. These students were tasked with creating and developing a project proposal that was presented to a company review committee. The students were given the opportunity to collaborate and meet with scientists, engineers, and other personnel. According to the company, the students’ work allowed them to “…apply their technological, engineering, scientific and business skills, and anything else they have learned in the classroom to a real-world work experience.”
Some of the projects created by the students included a device that tracks the vital signs of pets while in cars, a mobile application that lets students buy and sell textbooks from each other, a hydrophobic steel surface that lessens the resistance surfers face when cutting through the water, a sensor that can detect metal corrosion, a micro electromechanical system that can charge a cellphone while walking, and gunshot sound blocking earplugs for the United States Marines.
In addition, the students participated in a company service event, an annual school supply drive, collecting over 400 dollars worth of supplies. These items were donated to the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and were distributed to homeless children. By emphasizing community service within its internship program, Oceanit shows interns that corporate social responsibility is important.
By sponsoring a comprehensive and unique internship program, Oceanit shows its commitment to the future of science and engineering. By signing the petition below, you will applaud the company’s internship program.
Dear Ian Kitajima,
Oceanit is a leader in the science and engineering industries. The services it provides its clients are innovative and effective. By opening its doors and allowing student interns to learn from its scientists, engineers, and other professionals, the company shows its commitment to furthering the education of those who will contribute to the future of these industries.
In addition, the internship program allows students to create project proposals that have the potential to be used to create actual products for Oceanit clients. Furthermore, by incorporating community service into the program, Oceanit emphasizes the importance of corporate social responsibility. We would like to applaud the company on its unique and comprehensive internship program.
[Your Name Here]
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