The purpose is to provide practical training in fields that are related to their academic work and to stimulate an interest in a career or continuing personal involvement in the international arena. Want to spend next summer in Switzerland? It's not too late, though the Dec. 10 deadline to submit your completed application is just around the corner! Applications are available at the Ilwaco High School library and at both Timberland libraries.

Haemonetics is an international corporation located in Cigny, Switzerland. It is the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of automated blood processing systems. The Haemonetics Swiss Internship program was established by James L. Peterson in 1995. Mr. Peterson is a founder and officer of Haemonetics. He and his wife Judy are natives of the Long Beach Peninsula and 1960 graduates of Ilwaco High School.

The internship program offers a graduate of IHS the opportunity to spend 8-12 weeks as an intern at the Haemonetics International Headquarters in Switzerland. It is a common practice in European countries to employ students during their academic breaks. The purpose is to provide practical training in fields that are related to their academic work and to stimulate an interest in a career or continuing personal involvement in the international arena. In addition to the job, the Haemonetics internship includes round trip transportation, room and board, French language instruction at a local university and the opportunity to travel throughout Switzerland and Europe.

The program is offered to any student who has attended grades 9-12 at Ilwaco High School and who is planning to attend, or who is currently enrolled as a full-time student in a two-year or four-year degree program or graduate program at a college, institute or university. The student must have a good academic record, have completed two years study of a foreign language and be able to demonstrate maturity and independence.

For more information, contact the Ilwaco High School Counselor's office at 642-3731 or Ann Kischner at 642-4142. The deadline for completed applications for the 2002 internship is Dec. 10.

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