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Press Release: Twenty-Four Ambitious Students Participate in HDMA Internship Program at HDAW

Date: February 11, 2020

The Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the commercial vehicle division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), is pleased to announce a seventh successful year of the HDMA Internship Program held at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW), Jan. 27-30 in Dallas.  Twenty-four of the brightest students from Northwood University took part in this year’s program.

The HDMA Internship Program, supported by Northwood University, provides opportunities to bring graduate and undergraduate students to HDAW, where these pre-screened, ambitious interns are paired with executives in the commercial vehicle industry.  Interested students sent in a completed application with essay, and finalists were selected for an in-person interview.  Once accepted and prior to HDAW, students and sponsors were paired based on the student’s interests and strengths, as well as the sponsoring company’s culture.  

Of the 24 interns at HDAW, five were paired with distributor sponsors, 15 with supplier sponsors, two with buying groups, and one with HDMA.  The interns included four graduate students from the DeVos School of Management, 13 seniors, one junior, two sophomores, and three freshmen, majoring in aftermarket, marketing and advertising, automotive management, or finance.

The 2020 HDMA Interns were sponsored by Action Truck Parts, CRW Parts, CVSN, Dayton Parts, DENSO, Dorman Products, Eaton, Fras-le, Haldex, HDA Truck Pride, Hendrickson, Indian Head Industries, Meritor, Midwest Wheel Companies, Minimizer, Northwest Drive Train Service, Phillips Industries, Pressure Systems International, SAF-Holland, SKF, Vander Haag’s, VIPAR Heavy Duty, and WABCO.

At HDAW 2020, interns participated in Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue (HDAD), the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Representative Council (HDMRC), the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) reception, One-on-One business meetings, Supplier Product Sales Trainings, the HDAW Product Expo, and the Service Opportunities & Learning Day (SOLD!) program.  Their responsibilities at the event focused on working with their sponsoring companies during the full HDAW conference program, attending HDMA intern debriefing meetings, and networking with supplier and distribution management.

Since 2014, this HDMA program has facilitated 84 qualified intern introductions to the commercial vehicle industry through HDAW.  Fifty-five of the students have graduated from Northwood University, and 25 of them are currently working with HDMA member companies.
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