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Press Release: Job Offers Extended After Successful HDMA Internship Program at HDAW '19

Date: February 27, 2019

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), is pleased to announce a sixth successful year of the HDMA/Northwood University Internship Program held during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW), Jan. 27-31, 2019 in Las Vegas.  Twenty-six of the brightest students from Northwood University were hand-selected to take part in this year’s program.  Each of the students completed the week with job offers and/or internships from distributors and suppliers at the conference.

The HDMA Internship Program at HDAW 2019 contained the largest and most diverse group of students thus far.  Of the 26 students, five were sponsored by and worked the week with distributor companies, 19 with supplier companies, and two with buying or program groups.  Twenty of the students attended HDAW for the first time.  One freshman, four sophomores, nine juniors, eleven seniors, and one graduate student currently study a broad range of majors including aftermarket, finance, accounting, marketing, and supply chain management.

Each of the 2019 HDMA/Northwood University students in the 2019 program were sponsored by an exhibitor or distributor firm. The 2019 sponsors included: Action Truck Parts, Bergstrom Inc., Carlisle Brake & Friction, CRW Parts, CVSN, Dayton Parts, LLC, DENSO, Dorman Products, Eaton, Grote Industries, Haldex, HDA Truck Pride, Hendrickson, MAHLE, Meritor, MGM Brakes, Midwest Heavy Duty, Minimizer, Phillips Industries, Pressure Systems International, SAF-HOLLAND, SKF, Total Truck Parts, Inc., TRICO, VanderHaags, and VIPAR Heavy Duty.
Since 2014, HDMA has facilitated 70 qualified student introductions to the commercial vehicle industry through HDAW. All the students have received internships or job offers in the industry, and 23 of the 42 graduating students have accepted job offers with HDMA member companies upon graduation.
The HDMA Internship Program provides opportunities to bring students to various HDMA events including HDAW, where pre-screened, ambitious students are paired with executives in the commercial vehicle industry.  Interested students selected are paired with sponsoring companies based on the student’s academic achievements, Northwood University department head recommendations, interests, and strengths, as well as the sponsoring company’s needs and culture. 
Based in North Carolina, HDMA is the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), a major industry association with a forward looking strategy and a 115 year legacy of advocacy for the motor vehicle supplier industry.
A member driven organization, HDMA provides industry leadership for NAFTA based original equipment and aftermarket suppliers in the on and off-highway commercial vehicle equipment industry. This is accomplished through a range of services to its more than 200 member companies, which represent direct employment of nearly 200,000 in their US facilities.
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The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise the leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles –such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity—and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, Federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 734,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 3.6 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit