Every year, college students from across the country pack their bags and leave campus during the summer for internships at EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy. This year’s intern class brings together 53 students from 19 schools across 10 states.
Before getting to work, students first met in May at Luminant Academy in Tyler for orientation. Among the first things they learned is the diverse skillsets, talents and knowledge it takes to power Texas, as students studying engineering, business, mathematics and more prepared to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world experiences.
“Our Power Your Future internship program’s goal is to develop skills and provide experience for students pursuing a career in the fields of engineering, science, business and related technical fields,” said Showna Price, campus recruiter for EFH. “Each intern class helps us with our growing workforce and ushers in the next generation of energy workers.”
Interns are currently working at the company’s gas plants, mines, power plants and corporate offices with job duties ranging from land reclamation to safety.
Here’s what a few of them have to say about life on the job:
“The first month-and-a-half at Luminant has given me the opportunity to not only work at one plant, but two plants in total (Permian Basin and Morgan Creek). I have learned so much and have worked with a variety of Luminant employees and contractors. In addition to gas plant operations, I’m learning about planning and scheduling, instrumentation and controls, and chemical and environmental operations.”
– Ricardo Arancibia, electrical engineering major at Texas A&M University
“I’m interning at Comanche Peak and I have learned a significant amount about how a nuclear power plant operates. I am working on an important project with the guidance of an experienced and talented team of engineers who sincerely want to pass on their knowledge to me. I already feel like my input is respected, and my mentors genuinely want to help me have a successful and valuable internship experience.”
– Lindsay Wandall, civil engineering major at University of Texas
“I’m working with the IT QA automation team at TXU Energy and it’s been great so far! The atmosphere is laid back, yet professional. I love working for my manager, Shana Lazarine, and the rest of the QA team. It’s great seeing such a big company taking out the time to give back, and I’m honored to participate in these various activities.”
– Zonera Javed, applied mathematics major at Texas A&M University
“I have really enjoyed my time at Energy Plaza so far, and getting to work with the external affairs team has been a great experience. I can’t wait to see what EFH will teach me through the rest of the summer. My priority project right now is a report on corporate sustainability. I have also been working on projects revolving around the challenges and benefits of renewable energy.”
– Chris Smith, organizations major at Brown University
“I really enjoy the hands-on experience I’ve gained so far during my short time with Luminant. It puts everything I’ve learned thus far into perspective and it allows me to actually see the real-life applications of the material instead of just reading it in a textbook.”
– Sivonna Schutty, mechanical engineering major at University of Texas