LTU student among nine interns in TE Connectivity African Heritage Scholarship Program

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland–A Lawrence Technological University student is among nine United States students who will join TE Connectivity, a Switzerland-based leader in connectors and sensors, this summer as part of its African Heritage Scholarship Program.

The $3.5 million program, now in its second of five years, is an investment in the company’s efforts to further diversify its workforce and bring new opportunities in the technology industry to top-performing Black and African American students in the United States.

One of the nine students is Dasia Jackson, a sophomore majoring in electrical and computer engineering at Lawrence Tech. She will spend the summer working for TE as an engineering intern.

“It is imperative that we build an inclusive and diverse workforce that allows people from different backgrounds to work together to advance innovation,” said TE CEO Terrence Curtin. “Thanks to the leadership of our African Heritage Employee Resource Group, the scholarship program allows TE to attract a talented group of young people to help us create a safer, sustainable, productive and connected future.”

The students will complete 10- to 12-week internships at TE sites throughout the U.S. Upon successful completion of the internship, the students will receive a scholarship of up to $22,500 for their junior year, based on financial need, and will be invited back for a second internship at TE the following summer. The scholarship would then be eligible for renewal for their senior year.

Other universities represented in the 2023 cohort at Alabama A&M University, Louisiana Tech University, North Carolina A&T University, Old Dominion University, Stevenson University, University of Central Florida and University of North Dakota.

The interns will work in engineering, product management, marketing, sales and operations.

They will join 10 students from the first year of the program returning to TE this summer to complete their second summer internship.

“I’m so excited for this opportunity and look forward to working with TE Connectivity this summer, meeting the team, and gaining more skills for my career path,” said Jackson, a graduate of the Advanced Technology Academy in Dearborn.

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TE Connectivity manufactures connectivity and sensor products for transportation, industry, medical technology, energy, data communication, and the home. It has more than 85,000 employees, including more than 8,000 engineers, and posted 2022 sales of $16.3 billion. In the United States, TE has locations in 17 states, including Troy and Auburn Hills in Michigan.

Lawrence Technological University,, is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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