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July 16, 2012 | Tom Ballard

ORNL’s latest VW Scholars visit the Chattanooga plant

Soon after Volkswagen Group of America announced its plans to build a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga in 2008, the company made a commitment to invest more than $3 million in education. One of the recipients was Oak Ridge National Laboratory which established the “Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program.”

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga Operations LLC provided the news release that follows .

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (16 July 2012) — Interns from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) visited Volkswagen Chattanooga as part of the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program, a student research initiative sponsored by the manufacturer.

During their visit, the students participated in a career development seminar, as well as a tour of the factory and training academy. They were accompanied by ORNL researchers and scientists, who serve as mentors to the students for the duration of their internship.

The 10-week summer research program is an enhanced internship experience for undergraduate and graduate students studying scientific and technical fields. Currently in its third year of operation, the program selects students from Volkswagen’s Partners in Education group of Tennessee universities to participate in research projects geared toward manufacturing, engineering and transportation science.

During their internship, students have access to research facilities, equipment and a network of scientific mentors at ORNL. Upon completion of their projects, students also have the opportunity to transition into internships at Volkswagen Chattanooga.

Volkswagen Chattanooga’s Partners in Education program has provided more than $3 million toward education in Tennessee since 2009. Its current partner universities include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee Chattanooga and University of Tennessee Knoxville. Students from Tennessee Tech are also eligible for the ORNL program. For more information about the internship program and application process, please visit


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