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WELCOMING INTERNS AT ABBOTT

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Our success is a direct result of a diverse, talented group of employees. Abbott offers many development programs to help employees launch their careers.

Our quest for a diversity of perspectives, experiences and skills begins with the Abbott internship program, which attracts hundreds of young people each year.

An accounting student at DePaul University in Chicago, he had been inspired to apply after meeting Abbott’s Joe Kosinski at a presentation to the Midwest Association of Hispanic Accountants. Later, Delgado, a member of the student group, paid a half-day visit to the Abbott campus.

Right from the start of his internship, when Abbott Chairman and CEO Miles D. White addressed the interns, Delgado found the program “very organized and integrated into the priorities of the company.”

CHALLENGING WORK FOR INTERNS
To his delight, Delgado’s work as an intern proved challenging. At Abbott, all assignments for interns are based on current priority projects at the company. At the time, Abbott was purchasing another company, and the young accountant worked on reviewing financial contract obligations from the acquired company. “I found the work very interesting and felt I was adding value to the organization,” he remembers.

After graduation, Delgado accepted a permanent position with Abbott. And today he’s still with us, a valued employee and Senior Finance Manager for Abbott Diagnostics.

“Growing up, I never imagined the opportunities I would have working for a company like Abbott,” said Delgado. “In my years here, I have had the opportunity to work in sites across the country and around the world.” Joe Kosinski is still a mentor, and today, as co-captains of a recruiting team, the two work together to recruit the next generation of interns from DePaul.

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DIVERSE, INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
In 2013, we hosted 167 interns in the U.S., based primarily at Abbott locations in north suburban Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California; Dallas, Texas; and Massachusetts. Worldwide, we hosted another 651 interns in global markets, including China, India, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Egypt, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Indonesia, Russia, Turkey, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. In 2013, half of our interns were women, and 47 percent were minorities.

As Sammy Delgado says, “Abbott is committed to its employees, especially in developing future leaders.”

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FINDING THE UPSIDE IN EMERGING TALENT Abbott works tirelessly to find and foster emerging talent. Part of that effort is our internship program, which hosted 170 young people across the U.S. in 2013 and hundreds more around the world. Our interns work with seasoned, dedicated Abbott employees on priority company projects, and each internship is tailored to the talents and interests of the individual. We value our interns, and they frequently join us as full employees after graduation. Since 2011, approximately 80 percent of interns who were offered full-time positions accepted a position at Abbott. That’s the Upside.
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