Have you noticed some fresh faces around your office lately? Summer is now officially under way and Atlantic City Electric has welcomed a new cohort of interns into the fold for an electrifying summer program! The program consists of ambitious high school and college students who are eager to gain hands-on utility experience while supporting a wide array of our business functions and teams at Atlantic City Electric.
The program began in early June with kickoff events where interns met their managers and peers, engaged in icebreakers, and learned what to expect over the course of the summer.
The internship program boasts a lineup of both virtual and in-person events, designed to allow students to get together and learn more about the company – from technical operations to core competencies and values. Event highlights include a group Innovation Challenge, speed networking events, lunches with executives, tours of substations and live overhead line demonstrations.
The program also offers sessions where participants learn about the company’s vision and strategy, finance, safety, regulated utility ratemaking, and the basics of the utility power system and delivery process – from generation to the customer’s meter. Each Friday, interns gather for a virtual presentation to hear from one of our employee resource groups and learn about the events and opportunities they offer to all employees.
Rising senior Hannah Lemon is interning in the Electric Residential Customer Relations and Energy Efficiency department. What has been the highlight of her experience so far? “The people I have met have been fantastic. Atlantic City Electric is full of people who care about their jobs and the people around them. If I had a question, I was never afraid to ask and always felt supported. I am amazed by the people I have met and hope I can emulate this attitude and workplace environment when it is my time.”
What’s next for our summer interns? The program is set to conclude with final presentations given in mid-August. Each program participant will have the opportunity to present in front of company leadership and their peers, sharing what they have learned and accomplished over the course of their internship. For Hannah, “it has been a summer of growth, new experiences and stepping out of my comfort zone.” Hannah will return to the University of Kansas in the fall to finish her degree in Communications, equipped with the experiences and knowledge she has gained this summer. As a former intern myself, I can confirm that the connections and experiences this program provides lay the groundwork for future success and a fulfilling career.