Pepco has taken in 24 undergraduate and graduate students in the D.C. area this summer to work full-time with the utility company’s engineering teams as part of its annual intern program.
During their internships, participants learn about electrical infrastructure, training and safety programs, system operations and policies and procedures.
“The summer engineering intern program is a great way to introduce our future engineers to the energy industry,” said Donna Cooper, region president. “The program gives future employees a head start when their professional careers begin and valuable on the job experience.”
The interns also visit local foundations in the communities to help them understand the importance of environmental stewardship, sustainability and being a good community partner.
The program, now in its 46th year, culminates in formal presentations given by each participant to their fellow interns and company leadership on their experiences and learnings.
“I enjoy being exposed to what electrical utility operations are all about, all while being able to network and make connections with people I may be working with in the future,” said Erin Maines, substation engineering intern.
Pepco officials said the program also supports diversity and inclusion by providing internship opportunities to female and minority students.
“Having worked at Pepco, I now feel prepared to be a part of the workforce,” said Brooks Lee, a third-year Environmental Programs and Services intern. “The experiences, skills learned and relationships formed have helped me grow as a student as well as on an individual level.”