CPS Energy summer interns recently had the chance to network with the utility’s senior leadership at a “speed networking” event organized by Alejandra Coto, an intern in the office of the president.
Coto studies engineering management as a junior at St. Mary’s University and suggested the idea to give the 45 future professionals access to a broad cross section of the “SLT” — that is, the senior leadership team.
Fifteen execs spent about five minutes each with rotating groups of four or five students, sharing information about their professional background, college and life experiences.
Paul Barham, senior vice president of energy delivery services, advised the interns not to limit their own creativity and to be open to broadening their skill sets. A willingness to learn all aspects of the business in which they’re interested will serve them well in their chosen careers, he said.
Check out this video of small groups of interns sitting with a senior leadership team member, then rotating tables to interact with different executives.
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“The executives were very open and willing to talk about their experiences and what worked for them,” said Michael Saulnier, a senior at Churchill High School interning in the System Measurements and Technology Department.
The interns are part of several CPS Energy mentoring programs which included Inspire U, the Student Assistance for Education (SAFE) program and the Students Interested in in Technical Education (SITE) internship program through the Alamo Academies.