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Chrysler intern Kelly Casanova brings muscle car tour to ONU.


Summer internships provide invaluable professional experience and college credit, but they usually don’t include many perks.

Kelly Casanova

Certainly not like this.

This Saturday, October 22, the Chrysler SRT High Performance Vehicle Tour is coming to Ohio Northern University, bringing four Chrysler Street and Racing Technology (SRT) vehicles for public display beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Dial-Roberson Stadium.

It’s all thanks to Kelly Casanova, a senior mechanical engineering senior from Copley, Ohio, who worked as a summer intern for Chrysler Group in Auburn Hills, Michigan. As a member of a five-person team, Casanova created a video showing highlights of their internships. They entered the video in an internal Chrysler competition and won, earning a visit from the SRT High Performance Vehicle Tour to each of the student's campuses. 

“We’ve never had anything like this at Ohio Northern, so to have this here to get people aware of what is out there is really great,” says Casanova.

Along with bringing some really cool cars to campus, Casanova may also have a hand in sending more ONU students to Chrysler for internships.

“Chrysler normally draws a lot of interns from the Michigan area, but this year they focused on expanding and getting more diversity,” she says. “I feel that my internship at Chrysler might open up a tie with Ohio Northern that could help students in the future gain the kind of experience I was able to get.”

Should that happen, Chrysler will be getting more interns like Kelly—students well-versed in engineering, but also with the strong academic background that allows them to excel at diverse projects, such as the internship video.

Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

The vehicles featured on the tour represent the highest echelon of Chrysler’s engineering expertise. Car aficionados will get an up-close look at the brand new Chrysler 300 SRT8, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 and the Dodge Charger SRT8. Experts from Chrysler will also be present to answer questions and discuss the cars.

“Having a company like Chrysler bring their latest technology products to campus allows our students a hands-on experience that compliments what they are learning in the engineering classroom,” said Laurie Laird, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

And the fact that they are coming to campus after having formed a relationship with Kelly emphasizes not only the importance of major-related work experience, but also speaks to the positive impression our students make on the employers that hire them.”

Kelly’s winning video can be seen here.