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01-27-2000

Clarkson Senior Named Ge Intern Award Winner

Clarkson University student Erin Woodruff ‘00 was one of only 62 nationwide recipients of the 1999 General Electric Student Intern/Co-op Contribution Awards.  The awards were handed out at a gala celebration held recently at GE’s Management Development Institute in Crotonville, N.Y.

“I was very honored, but surprised,” said Woodruff, an Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management major from Chenango Forks, N.Y. “I didn’t even know the award existed.  It wasn’t like I was trying to win the award, but I worked hard and I ended up winning it.”

Woodruff interned at GE Power Systems in Schenectady, N.Y., last summer.  Working in Information Management, Woodruff was responsible for developing help documentation for two key new functions in PEGASUS, the engineering requisition/proposal definition application.  She also developed a new format that included “at a glance” help in addition to “step-by-step” help, making the documentation more meaningful to users and helping them more easily relate the new functionality to their work responsibilities.

Woodruff said her experience at GE was very rewarding.

“They don’t treat interns as interns,” she said.  “I was able to make my own decisions, and I was on my own with my assignments. I never had a job before with so much responsibility.”

The GE Student Intern/Co-op Contribution Award recognizes the best of the more than 1,700 interns and co-ops who made numerous contributions across all GE businesses and functional areas.  From that field, 62 winners were selected, each receiving a $500 cash prize.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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