Keeping CMU Talent in Pittsburgh

That’s what the Peter C. Dozzi Family Foundation is working to do with their Pittsburgh Internship Initiative.

The initiative began with a generous gift from Peter C. Dozzi, founder of Jendoco Construction Corporation. The scholarship money is available to all students who stay in the Pittsburgh Region to complete a summer internship.

It’s an incentive to keep CMU talent in and around the Pittsburgh Region. The Dozzi family hopes the scholarship will encourage students to consider calling Pittsburgh home, developing and contributing their ideas and expertise to the city.

And students are happy to oblige.

For some, the Peter C. Dozzi Pittsburgh Internship Initiative has helped them reach success.

Sam Tsai (CMU’07) received the financial support he needed to spend a summer in Pittsburgh interning at Collaborative Fusion, Inc. – a small startup firm that specializes in emergency response in the event of major disasters. The experience was unprecedented – and it led to a job as a web developer for American Eagle Outfitters.

For Andrew Seay (A’06, HNZ’08), it was an internship with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) that kick-started his career. Upon completing his master’s degree at Heinz College, he was hired full-time by PSO. Now, Seay is a patron services representative.

Seay's internship with the PSO not only launched his career, but it also gave him a chance to explore Pittsburgh. After eight years here, Seay calls the city home.

The Peter C. Dozzi Foundation was honored as “Outstanding Foundation 2010” on National Philanthropy Day in November by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western Pennsylvania Chapter.

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