Midway through the fall semester, aspiring college students begin looking ahead to the summer – not for a long vacation, but for internship opportunities to further their education. How do students find a company that is the best fit and aligns with their career goals? Just ask these three Energy Interns who have returned for back-to-back summer internships with Luminant.
Troy Rakestraw, mechanical engineering major at Texas A&M University, four-time Luminant intern
- Why did you choose Luminant for your internship? Returning to Luminant for multiple internships has exposed me to larger portion of the business. I have been able to work at a gas plant, a coal plant and a central engineering support office.
- The different challenges and projects at each of these workplaces has allowed me to grow as an engineer (and helped me academically). My experience working for Luminant has provided me insight to the variety of work available to an engineer. Above all else, I have enjoyed the people I have been fortunate enough to work with throughout my internships.
- Why did you pick engineering as your major? I was drawn to engineering because of my curiosity to understand how things work. Power plants contain some of the largest and most powerful equipment across many industries. I am particularly interested in combustion turbines and combined cycle plants.
Hinesh Rathod, electrical engineering major at Texas A&M University, two-time Luminant intern
- Why did you choose Luminant for your internship? I came back to Luminant because of the company culture. Everyone is open to answering questions and there’s value to the work I do because the site needs the projects that I work on.
- Going into my first internship last summer at Sandow, I didn’t know what to expect. This summer I am at Oak Grove, and the best part about being on site is that I can put my eyes and hands on the equipment that I am working on. This helps me put things into perspective to learn about what that piece of equipment is actually doing. The hands-on experience I have gained is the best part of this company’s internship program.
- Why did you pick engineering as your major? Growing up, I always took apart radios, TVs and computers to fix them, so by the time I applied for college, I knew what I wanted to do.
Aaron Weittenhiller, electrical engineering major at the University of Texas at Dallas, two-time Luminant intern
- Why did you choose Luminant for your internship? After working at the Energy Resource Center last summer, I was offered another internship at the Martin Lake Power Plant. Knowing that working at a power plant would provide me with a new experience, one that allows me to witness large electrical systems and gain a first-hand understanding of how they work, I was eager to get out there and see it for myself.
- It is an honorable thing to be responsible for powering Texas. Additionally, from an electrical standpoint, it is amazing to watch how principles like Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction can be mastered on such a large scale. The power plant is truly an engineer’s playground.
- Why did you pick engineering as your major? I’ve always thought in terms of ones and zeros, so circuit boards just seem to speak my language. This industry provides the foundation for so many other industries to be successful.
Visit EFH on Instagram to find out what our interns have been up to this summer by searching for “#EnergyInterns.”