57 New Interns and Co-Ops are Ready to Network and Kick-Start Their Careers

57 New Interns and Co-Ops are Ready to Network and Kick-Start Their Careers

Our campus and diversity recruiting team attended 16 career fairs in the fall and winter and partnered with over six diversity organizations to promote why Albemarle is a great place to work.

The recruiting team often has support from hiring managers and employees when speaking with students at events. Jason Bitting, MTS and maintenance director, observed that early talent job seekers are looking for “a company that provides a support network to help guide them and build their knowledge to achieve success in their careers.” Since this is something that Albemarle does naturally by offering six employee resource groups and mentorship programs, it gives us an immediate leg up in the recruiting process.

Julie Luong, a maintenance engineer, regularly shares at career fairs that one of the best things about working at Albemarle is the investment in the growth of employees’ careers. “Employees are encouraged to try new roles, gain additional training and education, and to find a mentor to help develop their careers.”

Albemarle ignites an interest in students when we showcase these networking, mentoring, and career growth options. So much so we are welcoming 57 interns and co-ops, who will start working for Albemarle either in January as a Spring 2023 Co-Op or in May as a Summer 2023 Intern.

What About Our Diversity Organization Partnerships?

In addition to universities, the Campus and Diversity team have built strong relationships with diversity organizations like the National Black MBA Association, the Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. The team attended the National Conferences for each organization last year. Four of the students joining Albemarle are active members of diversity organizations.

Strong partnerships have been formed with Hiring our Heroes and Recruit Military to put Albemarle’s name in front of active-duty and veteran job seekers. This year, the team is piloting an internal program for converting veterans to full-time Albemarle employees.

What’s Next for Campus and Diversity Recruiting?

This upcoming summer, the team is excited to return to a pre-COVID program size of 50 interns. Be on the lookout for more details about how to get involved with Campus and Diversity Recruiting.

What Schools Did the Team Visit Last Fall and Winter?
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Greensboro, NC
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR
  • Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR
  • Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Our internship/co-op programs have continued to be a great resource and pipeline for our full-time talent. Albemarle will welcome 68%* of eligible seniors from the 2022 intern/co-op programs as full-time employees in 2023.

*According to NACE, this is 1.6% above the average conversion rates of students to full-time roles.