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Paid summer internships equip local students for success
By Samuel Taylor on February 3, 2016
Interns get hands-on experience, $5,000 scholarship
While some students spend summers at the beach or playing video games, Sarah Milner gains valuable work experience as an intern in our Student Assistance for Education (SAFE) program. Milner, a student of Texas A&M University, has spent the past two summers learning from our Power Quality & Reliability team.
“The most interesting thing I’ve worked on is power outage investigation,” she said. “I learned how to use several programs that help CPS Energy determine all the different causes of outages. I’m now thinking about becoming an electrical engineer someday.”
Do you know a local high school junior who could benefit? Tell them to apply online for a paid summer internship with us by Feb. 19. Interns get hands-on experience with a mentor and a $5,000 scholarship. We will choose six local high school juniors who are interested in pursuing a college degree in fields related to the energy industry. Students are selected based on their application, interview, references and ability to meet all required criteria.
Our SAFE program is designed to promote higher education for professional careers in public utilities. Students are eligible to apply if they are residents of San Antonio and live in a household that receives gas or electric service from us.
Students chosen for the program will get a true picture of their chosen field of study. Adam Bolin, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin, got first-hand experience in Communication Services and Gas SCADA/Energy Management during his three years of interning with us.
“One of the most important things about the internship is to convey that you are genuinely interested in the company and you want to learn,” said Bolin. “Being an intern at CPS Energy is not just about doing paper work. It’s about working with your mentor, learning, and doing something that benefits your department.”
Students interested in applying should contact their high school counselor or apply online by Feb. 19. Visit cpsenergy.com or check out Energized to read our blog posts about summer internships. Milner is just one of many interns who have been equipped for success.
“To anyone interested in becoming an intern with CPS Energy, I would definitely go for it,” said Milner. “You never know what opportunities it will lead you to. You’ll learn a lot and have fun doing it. CPS Energy is a great place to work.”