Caterpillar welcomes nearly 500 interns

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Edwards, Ill. (WMBD) — Hundreds of summer students played in the dirt and tried out simulators during Caterpillar Orientation at the Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center.

The three-month internship had been virtual for a few years because of the pandemic.

Jody Howard, director of marketing innovation and technology, said Caterpillar has nearly 500 interns this summer, which is one of its largest classes ever.

It’s wonderful to return to in-person internships and give interns a “yellow blood shot,” she said.

“We are really excited to bring our interns back and get started in this fabulous way. We took out all the machines, we had great events for them to learn more about Caterpillar, and for the first time, we had a big event, she said.

Julio Vargas, 19, said he was following in his father’s footsteps as he took up a marketing internship at Caterpillar.

“I think CAT has always been something I’ve fought for. My dad worked for CAT growing up, he also worked in marketing. Yellow blood runs through those veins and I was taught CAT pride from an early age,” he said.

Vargas said his goal is to land a full-time job with Caterpillar.

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