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Internships up for Bid during Silent Auction at IPSF Gala

One of the biggest advantages in transition from higher education into the workforce is a good internship.  Through an agreement with several local employers, the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) will offer internships at leading companies up for bid in a Silent Auction with the proceeds going to benefit Irvine students. 

The inaugural “Spirit of Excellence”  gala event celebrates the achievements of five of the Irvine Unified School District’s (IUSD) alumni while generating vital funds needed to maintain the world class education provided in Irvine’s public schools.  It will be held September 10at the KIA Motors Headquarters in Irvine.

“We are very pleased to present internships at several leading companies as items for auction to benefit our students,” said Neda Zaengle, CEO, IPSF.  “An internship provides an excellent opportunity for a student to get professional experience in their field of study while providing a company with a safe trial for a prospective entry level employee.  And with proceeds of these auctioned internships going to IPSF, we believe these internships represent a win-win-win for the companies, the interns and the students at Irvine schools.” The internships include opportunities with:

  • AeroDyn Energy, Inc. – business development
  • Ascolta – accounting, sales and technology
  • Cancer Center of Irvine – medical
  • La Jolla Group  – design, graphics, marketing (clients include Lost, O’Neill, Rusty)
  • ReproCyte – website design, business development, marketing & sales
  • Western Digital – engineering and business

Zaengle said IPSF is still seeking additional internships for auction and additional corporate sponsorship for the event.

IUSD public schools are among the best in the nation.  Most of our schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools and National Blue Ribbon Schools.  Those honors could never be achieved without active support from the community.  IPSF needs the participation of our entire community – local businesses and corporations, parents, and community leaders, to help celebrate and honor the accomplishments of current and former students, and keep IUSD moving forward, not backwards.

For questions or additional information, please contact IPSF at (949) 265-6409 or go to

One Comment

  1. junior junior August 23, 2010

    Auctioning internships to the highest bidder, albeit for a worthy cause, seems inappropriate and unfair.

    I would think that criteria other than who can afford to be the highest bidder should govern availability of these career boosting opportunities. Criteria such as community involvement, income based need and scholastic achievement come to mind.

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