Grid Internship Program

GRID INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Contributing to our communities is an important aspect of El Paso Electric’s (EPE) corporate purpose and a responsibility that we take seriously. As a driver of economic growth, El Paso Electric is committed to cultivating the future of our region and has a shared goal of keeping our community connected.

 The Grid Internship Program is designed for area undergraduate and graduate college students with the objective of providing relevant and practical power industry work experience, including discipline-related assignments, training, and peer-collaboration opportunities to students who may have the desire to pursue their post-college career in the EPE service territory region. Grid Internship Program participants intern with EPE up to and through their undergraduate or graduate program.

MISSION

 The EPE GRID Program is committed to providing a mutually beneficial paid work experience that will build our pipeline for workforce planning to top college talent in EPE’s service territory in an effort to promote El Paso Electric as a leader in higher education and community building and increase the talent pool for EPE. 

 Students selected to participate in this program are challenged to manage their academic workload with relevant work assignments and projects that will supplement their classroom experience resulting in transferable industry-based knowledge and experience. 

 Our goal is to identify and retain exceptional undergraduate and graduate college talent from universities and colleges within the EPE service territory that demonstrates the potential to become full time El Paso Electric employees by providing relevant work experience with the prospect to hire upon graduation.

 LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

 Energize your career while earning your degree!

 EPE fosters a structured learning environment for its Grid Internship Program participants to ensure balance between the student's full-time school schedules and intern assignments. Throughout the course of their internship, the intern will be assigned substantive projects in which success will be based on product, communication skills, work ethic and willingness to work with a team.

 Work assignments will be relative and measurable so that the supervisor can evaluate the intern's performance with the intention of providing constructive feedback and development opportunities. 

 The intern's work load will also be balanced with quarterly training development activities and exclusive company learning opportunities such as Electricity 101, TrueColors, Zodiak®, Communication and Project Management trainings all designed to enhance personal and professional working relationships by exercising participant leadership and management skills.

EXPERIENCE vs. WORK

 Get connected and stay connected!

 EPE is committed to harvesting a culture where all of its employees can be engaged and active in our community.

 Grid Internship Program participants are encouraged to take advantage of year-round engagement, networking, volunteering and development opportunities.

 Because this is a cooperative learning experience that takes place concurrently with student coursework, many of our interns enjoy participating in EPE sponsored volunteer and learning activities that take place throughout the year. 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

 Qualifications for the El Paso Electric GRID Program include the following and must be met in order to be considered for this program:

  1. Must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited 4 year college/university and must maintain full-time enrollment status throughout the duration of the program;
  2. Must major in Engineering, Accounting, Finance, Business, Communication, or an area beneficial and relative to El Paso Electric;
  3. Must be classified as a Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate student and have completed a minimum of 48 hours of university coursework or a combination thereof;
  4. Must have and maintain an overall G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0;
  5. Must be attending a university within the EPE service territory;
  6. Must be legally authorized to work in the United States;
  7. Must have the ability to maintain pre-requisites throughout the duration of the internship;
  8. Must be available to work up to 20 hours/week throughout the calendar year.

 Students must meet all of the above requirements to be considered for this program.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

 Openings for this program will be posted at any time throughout the Fall, Spring and Summer. Visit our career opportunities webpage for an up-to-date viewing of our Grid Internship Program opportunities.

APPLICATION TIPS

  • Read job posting throughout its entirety

  • If you have not already done so, you will need to create an EPE Cornerstone profile in order to apply

  • Be prepared to upload your resume and official or unofficial transcripts

  • Transcripts may be uploaded into the documents section of your profile and application

  • Overall GPA should match official transcript

  • Ensure all of your contact information is current and up to date on your resume and application

  • Showcase your best “you”; ensure your resume speaks on your behalf as it relates to the position you’re applying for

  • Read the FAQs and be sure to contact us at careers@epelectric.com for questions, assistance or troubleshooting

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. I am currently attending a community college and I will be transferring to a university effective next semester. Am I eligible to apply for a Grid Internship Program opening?

  Yes! Be sure to indicate on your resume that you are enrolled in a university for the upcoming semester. If you are selected for the position, you may need to be provide a verification of enrollment form.

 2. I am currently a high school senior but I have earned college credit and will be starting college with several applicable credits towards my degree. Is this the right program for me?

Your transition to university is a huge step and big accomplishment that may require an adjustment to your organizational habits. The culture of this program will be challenging and will be your call to make. If you decide to apply, your transcripts will need to indicate two things: 1. graduation from high school 2. your current enrollment status at a university.

 3. I am completing my undergraduate degree this semester but I intend to begin graduate school immediately going into the next semester. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes! Indicate the semester that you will begin graduate school on your resume. It would also be helpful to upload support documentation such as a Verification of Enrollment form from the university that you will be pursuing your graduate studies and a Letter of Acceptance.

4. When does the Grid Internship Program start and end?

Grid Internship Program openings are posted year round as vacancies occur. Your start date will be determined at the time that you receive an offer. Grid Internship Program participants are strongly encouraged to intern with El Paso Electric throughout their undergraduate and/or graduate studies.  

5. Will this internship be available for the summer?

No. This is a unique opportunity that local El Paso and Las Cruces students can take advantage of if they are attending university within the service territory. The benefits of this program are such that interns can establish robust professional skillsets, work ethic and relationships concurrently with their higher education coursework.  In order for Grid Internship participants to benefit from this program, they should anticipate committing to this internship for the Fall, Spring and Summer semseters of their undergraduate and/or graduate studies.

 6. How will I know when there is an opening?

Openings can occur at anytime throughout the year. We encourage students to proactively check the EPE Careers website to view current job openings. Grid Internship Program positions will be identified as:

GRID INTERNSHIP PROGRAM - "DEPARTMENT" INTERN

As with all positions, we recommend thoroughly reading through each job posting to make sure that you are applying for the position that best meets your interests and skillsets.  

7. May I apply for more than one Grid Internship Program position?

 Yes! Be sure your resume speaks specifically to each position that you are applying for.

 8. Will my EPE work schedule accommodate my school schedule?

EPE will recognize and honor any and all scheduling conflicts as it relates to an intern's class schedule or finals schedule. Your supervisor will work with you on your first day to establish your work schedule for the semester.

9. I’ve submitted my application. When can I expect to hear back from a recruiter?

Resumes and applications will be reviewed once the vacancy has officially closed. Anticipate that you may be contacted after that deadline but be aware that you may receive a call from one of our recruiters prior to that date to discuss your qualifications. Please be sure that all of your contact information on your resume is updated and that there is access to leave voice messages on your phone.

10. Will my internship result in a job offer upon my graduation?

Interning with EPE will not guarantee full-time employment upon graduation however interns are encouraged to apply for regular Full Time positions that may become available as their graduation date approaches.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers! Email us at careers@epelectric.com and a recruiter will reach out to you as soon as possible. Be sure to include your contact information if you’d prefer a phone call.

EOE M/F/D/V

El Paso Electric Company is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer with a drug and alcohol free workplace. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.