Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Stryker, a FORTUNE 500 company, considers the University of Michigan one of its two core schools for recruiting

“At the University of Michigan, we are able to recruit for different divisions of our company because students come from all over the country with a wide variety of backgrounds,” said Katie Grau, Stryker university recruiter. “From engineering and computer science to finance and marketing, we have the opportunity to connect with the best-of-the-best. We are grateful to the Business Engagement Center for helping us make these connections.”

Roughly 10 percent of the 200 interns Stryker places each year are U-M students. “I first heard about Stryker’s internship opportunities during the College of Engineering’s Winter Career Fair,” said Amin Eldemerdash, B.S. and M.S. ‘14.

“I applied for an internship and worked during the summer of 2014 at Stryker Spine as an advanced quality engineer. After graduating in December 2014 with degrees in biomedical engineering, I accepted a position as the new product development quality engineer at Stryker MAKO.”

In addition to having access to U-M students through traditional recruiting methods, the company also sponsors the Stryker Scholars program and several Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) projects.

Each of the six Stryker Scholars receives a $2,500 scholarship and has the opportunity to meet with company executives, while MDP students work alongside Stryker mentors throughout their project. This involvement has raised Stryker’s profile across campus.

“MDP has been an incredible way to meet talented students from the University of Michigan,” said Grau. “These students are able to utilize their knowledge and skills and get hands-on experience with Stryker projects. What better way to recruit than to see their abilities firsthand?”

“I am very excited to remain at Stryker,” continued Eldemerdash. “The company offers many opportunities for success, development and advancement, and I’m looking forward to my future here.”

“The BEC has been a great campus partner for the Multidisciplinary Design Program in terms of leveraging its relationship with Stryker to secure student support through various initiatives across campus,” Gail Hohner, MDP managing director.

To learn more about MDP, please visit mdp.engin.umich.edu.

Header photo: Amin Eldemerdash, B.S. and M.S. ‘14, advanced quality engineer at Stryker, tests features on the Stryker MAKO Robot used in orthopedic surgery.