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    Letterkenny leverages college career fairs for future talent

    Letterkenny leverages college career fairs for future talent

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    CHAMBERSBURG, PA, UNITED STATES

    10.22.2021

    Story by Dorie Heyer 

    Letterkenny Army Depot

    CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Diverse backgrounds and experiences contribute to Letterkenny Army Depot’s transformation to meet the challenges of tomorrow. One source of acquiring skilled, innovative and creative individuals is through the depot’s internship program.

    Student interns are sourced from local universities and have the opportunity to gain relevant skills and experience over a possible two year internship at Letterkenny Army Depot. Internships are available to students in a variety of positions including engineering, communications and logistics.

    Recently, Virgilio G. Arcega, talent management specialist at Letterkenny, and his team attended career fairs at Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg and Shippensburg University to meet with interested students and provide them with information about the depot’s internship program.

    “The students have shown a lot of interest in Letterkenny,” Arcega said. “It’s been really beneficial for us to physically attend these career fairs to help them understand what Letterkenny does and what opportunities are available to them.”

    Arcega and his team’s presence at the career fairs resulted in the potential recruitment of over 30 applicants.

    “We’ve got an abundance of prospects, which is great,” Arcega said. The next step will be for directors at Letterkenny to contact the potential interns to set up interviews.

    “For the directorates, it’s a win,” Arcega said. “They can actually get involved in the recruiting and interview process and select the individual that best meets their needs.”

    Not only does the internship program provide Letterkenny with talented students, but the benefits extend to the students in their professional development as well.

    “Immediately, interns gain hands-on experience in their field,” Arcega said. “As a Letterkenny intern, you’re going to be doing things here that you’ll do in the real world. From leadership, to communication to project management, all of these things students will be able to add to their resumes once they complete their internship.”

    Alexandra Spease participated in the LEAD internship program, serving as a marketing intern within the depot’s Business Development Office.

    “Interning in the Business Development Office at Letterkenny has been such a rewarding experience for me,” Spease said. “I started as a senior in college, so I was able to create my own work schedule that helped me manage my academic responsibilities and workload.”

    As a 2021 graduate from Shippensburg University with a dual major in entrepreneurship and marketing, Spease was able to put lessons learned in the classroom into practical application.

    “From the start I was given work that I would be able to call my own and put my own creative spin on,” Spease said. “This internship has helped me gain confidence in public speaking, marketing capabilities and professionalism. I took this internship because I had done a lot of smaller marketing jobs at school and local businesses so I wanted to challenge myself to apply at a bigger company.”

    Spease attributes her experience as an intern at Letterkenny to her growth and professional development.

    “Throughout the internship I have been given new, unexpected opportunities to gain experience and collaborate with other offices to have a better rounded skillset,” Spease said. “Whether I stay at Letterkenny after my internship or go to another company, I know the experience I have gotten at Letterkenny will help me tremendously.”

    In order to apply, students must be in their junior or senior year of college. There are other eligibility requirements, such as citizenship and background checks, that students also have to meet prior to obtaining an internship at Letterkenny.

    The ideal timeline for students is to start the application process in the fall and begin onboarding procedures the following spring. Typically, students that begin their internship in the spring work full-time at the depot over summer break, then return to a part-time schedule once classes resume.

    “If the student is hired and will graduate in the spring, they would be able to work full-time for the entire year,” Arcega said. “Whether they intern for the summer or remain longer, they will gain hands-on experience within their field.”

    For juniors and seniors wishing to apply or learn more about Letterkenny’s internship program, they can reach out to Arcega directly by emailing Virgilio.g.arcega.civ@army.mil.

    “Just shoot me an email and I’ll respond,” Arcega said. “We’ll be doing more to get our internship openings announced through the school’s websites as well.”

    Letterkenny Army Depot is the Army’s premier professional organic maintenance facility that provides overhaul, repair and modifications for tactical missile air defense and space systems, electric power generation equipment and various military vehicles, support systems and protection programs. LEAD is a subordinate of U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, and is the Air and Missile Defense and Long Range Precision Fires depot, supporting systems for the Department of Defense, foreign partners and industry. Letterkenny Army Depot was established in 1942 and is a government-owned and -operated industrial installation located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

    For more information about LEAD, visit https://www.letterkenny.army.mil/
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    Date Taken: 10.22.2021
    Date Posted: 10.22.2021 07:21
    Story ID: 407777
    Location: CHAMBERSBURG, PA, US 

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