AMC Defends America, one intern at a time

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The Army Materiel Command is always busy. After all, AMC provides everything soldiers need to do their jobs.  AMC touches all 50 states, and 147 countries.  It's a big job that needs a committed work force.

"We want to make sure that we're reaching out and giving an open opportunity to the best and the brightest out there," said Steve Latour, AMC Deputy Director for Civilian Personnel.

To get the best and the brightest, AMC has a new program.  It's the brainchild of Commanding 4 Star General Dennis Via. It's called the AMC 1,000, and the idea is to hire 1,000 interns annually for five years.

Deondra Bates

Deondra Bates

Deondra Bates is 40 years old. In the past she has worked for a defense contractor, and she's even worked as a security guard. Now she's one of a few dozen interns in the program at Redstone's AMC Headquarters.

"It makes me feel special," said Deondra.  Her human resources work makes her important, and she definitely likes being part of the team. "A few of us have received the name 'newbie,' but it's kind of a welcoming title, and so they'll see us walking... how is it going newbie? Is everything okay? Do you need any help with anything?" said Deondra.

Gloria Adhami

Gloria Adhami

Gloria Adhami, 24, is a business graduate student and another intern who likes the team aspect of the job. She's in resource management, and she is most definitely not bored.

"It's been the best. Honestly, I've enjoyed it the most of any job I've ever had. I feel like I'm learning the most. I've only been here a month, but I feel like I've learned a lot," says Gloria.

Steve Latour likes to hear what Gloria and Deondra have to say about their internships, but the most important thing is actually what AMC gets from the relationship. "Fresh ideas, and renewal of the work force is something that we're always looking for, and the interns and providing that, and doing so very well," says Steve.

For Deondra and Gloria, the idea of turning their internship into a permanent job is something they really like. For soldiers it's also a good deal.  They get a command that will stay excited and committed to working for them.

The AMC 1,000 program has been so successful that it has already added 1,030 interns.  For more information about the program visit amc.army.mil.

Our new segment 'Defending America' airs every Friday on WHNT News 19 at 6:30 p.m.  Do you have an idea for a topic? Email steve.johnson@whnt.com.