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Fujitsu Internship Program Supports Growing Kentucky Tech Workforce

Fujitsu and the Commonwealth of Kentucky pledge programs and ongoing support to deliver tech education and job opportunities for college students

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Richardson, TX, October 17, 2016
Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, today announced the successful completion of its summer internship program with the first group of college students selected from the Commonwealth of Kentucky; an illustration of the company’s support regionally for those with technology-based career ambitions. Fujitsu Network Communications recruited on campuses across Eastern Kentucky to provide technology education, training and job opportunities, benefiting students and strengthening the talent pipeline for the KentuckyWired Project. 

Work experience is a powerful career-builder for young employees. According to a survey from NPR Marketplace and the Chronicle of Higher Education, employers in science and technology fields value experience over academic records in an applicant’s background. Fujitsu and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are seizing the opportunity to develop qualified IT and telecommunications professionals as the KentuckyWired Project continues to move forward. 

“This internship gave me a chance to learn and use valuable skills in a real-world setting,” said Christopher Summers, a senior electrical engineering student at the University of Kentucky. Summers developed a software-based automated cable running list, which automates the development of network cabling schematics used by services professionals in the field, saving time and identifying potential problems. “I honestly wasn’t expecting to be so much a part of the team. I wasn’t relegated to doing ‘busy work,’ I created something that is helping the entire company.” Following his May 2017 graduation, Summers will join Fujitsu as a full-time employee. 

In 2014, the Commonwealth of Kentucky approved the development of the KentuckyWired Project, a statewide, open-access broadband network which provides high-speed internet service to Kentucky government and higher education locations. Fujitsu was selected to design the core network and provide integration, operation and maintenance services. Initial recruitment for the internship program focused on Eastern Kentucky to mirror the phased build-out of the broadband network. As the network build-out expands into other regions, Fujitsu will focus on colleges and universities in those areas.

“A highly skilled workforce and job opportunities are essential for growing a knowledge economy. Our internship program provides a pre-professional learning experience on how information and communications technologies can drive innovation, creativity and productivity,” said Susan Danko, senior vice president, human resources at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. “We will continue working hand-in-hand with the Commonwealth and its local colleges and universities by tapping into their tremendous talent and empowering the students with the skills needed to make a lasting impact.”

Fujitsu began working closely with Kentucky universities in November 2015 to develop the internship program, which includes knowledge and training, operational immersion, real-world projects and shared experiences. Interns for the just-concluded summer session were selected from the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University, with students representing a number of degree programs and functional roles including engineering, computer science, telecommunications, and network deployment, integration and operations – all of which are critical areas of the workforce that will continue to be in high demand.

Larry Holloway, interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky, praised the partnership with Fujitsu. “The education of future engineers and computer scientists goes beyond the classroom and labs on campus to include real-world experiences in industry. We depend on partner companies like Fujitsu to provide such valuable internships and training experiences for our students. We hope to continue to grow our partnership with Fujitsu and together educate and develop tomorrow’s engineering and computer science workforce.”

“Having our students do an internship with Fujitsu allows them to take theory they’ve learned in the classroom into the world of work,” said Julia Hawkins, director of career services at Morehead State University. “Employers want applicants that can problem solve and take initiative. This program allows our students to work in the technology field while helping their communities build for the future. Along with utilizing their abilities in technology, they are building soft skills like working on teams, communication, etc., while developing professional networks and resumes. We hope that more students will take advantage of the program.”

“Interning at Fujitsu not only gave me experience with in-demand technologies but it taught me how to be a team player when working with others from different backgrounds, cultures and professional experiences,” said Brandon Lindsey, an electronics/computer engineering and technology major at Morehead State University. “The experience made me more confident in my work and opened my eyes to other skill sets I’ll need to achieve my career goals. I’m focused now on getting an MBA along with my technical degree. I also recognized that telecom, an industry that’s all about connecting people, is where I want to be.”

The Fujitsu internships are based at the company’s headquarters in Richardson, Texas. Selected students are able to temporarily relocate to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, where they gain experience working for a major information and communications technology provider within the Telecom Corridor. Recruiting for the 2017 summer internship in Kentucky will begin next February. More information can be found here: http://www.fujitsu.com/us/about/local/corporate/employment/fnc/careers-student-programs-student-interns.html.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 156,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$41 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., is a trusted partner to a broad spectrum of customers across all industries, enabling them to realize the maximum value from their communications networks. We are a market-leading U.S.-based manufacturer of network equipment and a top U.S. patent holder in optical networking. Our solutions combine the best wireline, wireless, and software technology with extensive multivendor services expertise to deliver custom, end-to-end network integration and management solutions. For more information, please see: http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom. Follow us on Twitter @FujitsuFNC and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/fujitsu-network-communications.

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Date: October 17, 2016
City: Richardson, TX
Company: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.