Internships give students real workplace experience that helps them determine the best career path and gives them a chance to practice their skills. Internships are also effective recruiting tools for companies searching for new talent.
For businesses: Is your company interested in starting an internship program for students who could potentially become your next generation of employees? Don’t know where to begin? Check out the Internship and Co-op Toolkit, which gives you advice on how to sell the program to management, the benefits involved, project management and budgeting advice, marketing ideas, letter to students, and a sample program agreement. For more information on how your company can set up an internship program, go to CBIA.
For students and teachers: Internships give young people an edge in a competitive job market. Following is a listing of internship opportunities available at various energy-related companies.
Connecticut Internship Opportunities
CT Department of Energy Environmental Protection Bureau of Energy and Technology
The Municipal Climate Change Internship Program is linked to “SOAR” interns (from the community college green certificate programs) with municipal climate change projects. Please contact Lynn Stoddard for more information. The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation is funding this project.
Proton Energy Systems, Inc.
Proton Onsite has historically offered internship opportunities across the organization to college juniors and seniors, with the hope that they would transition into full-time positions upon graduation.
Courses of study focus on engineering, business administration, marketing, and operations. Across the company, one to three interns are hired each summer. For more information about this program, contact Sandra Kelly.
Dominion Nuclear Connecticut
Dominion Nuclear Connecticut offers co-op and internships opportunities for college- bound and college students. The program engages students for paid work sessions that involve projects or assignments closely related to the student’s area of study. For more information about this program, contact Brenda Pearson or go to Dominion Internships.
The Internship program at Northeast Utilities offers students the opportunity to learn about the utility business while gaining hands-on experience in a real work environment. Program components include:
- Work assignments for students interested in engineering, accounting, finance, law, communications, and information technology;
- Social opportunities, including summer gatherings and training activities, where interns meet other interns;
- Opportunities to network with full-time employees and senior management.
To apply, students need to post for positions at NU Jobs and submit an application and resume.
UI has established an internship and scholarship program to identify and develop a talent pool to support the company’s business needs. UI has instituted three unique opportunities: a traditional internship/co-op program, an engineering scholarship, and a partnership program with INROADS.
These programs provide paid internships for students from colleges and universities who want to develop their professional skills. UI provides direct supervision and meaningful work assignments related to their field of study.
UI works together with colleges/universities as well as the INROADS program to identify intern candidates. Internships are typically available for any academic term and can be full or part time depending on both the student’s schedule and UI’s needs.
The internship/co-op program typically provides a ten-week paid internship to qualified students looking to develop their careers in the fields of business and technology. In some instances, co-op (cooperative education) assignments are available. For more information, contact Ron Robert.
The mission of INROADS is to develop and place minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. The program also looks to build partnerships with corporations so that they may realize the value in developing minority students. Interns in the program must complete training and development workshops sponsored by INROADS, which provide skills and competencies needed to be successful in the workplace.
O, R & L Construction is design build construction firm offering paid internships to college students in the fields of construction management, engineering, and architecture. The application process is typically through college internship programs, and the duration of the internship is generally one college semester. Interns assist in various disciplines, including project management, project engineering, estimating, and site management. When required, they have been proficient in AutoCAD. Based on the department need at any given time, job responsibilities may include but not be limited to the following:
- Assist chief estimator in producing competitive bids and proposals
- Manage site walk-throughs
- Drawing retention
- Drawing reproductions
- Bid packages
- Assist site superintendent with site activities
- Assist the director of design and business development, using AutoCAD, to develop plans
For more information, contact Todd Renz.