INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW
As a participant of the El Paso Electric (EPE) Company Summer College Internship Program, you’ll gain valuable on-the-job experience in one of our corporate divisions, and advance your leadership and professional competencies through challenging work projects and development training. This unique program allows participants to network with executives and business leaders in the Company, gain electrical utility work experience, and build transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, and effective communication.
This paid program recruits students from colleges and universities throughout the country who have a vested interest in the power industry with the goal of retaining that talent back to El Paso, TX or Las Cruces, NM upon graduation. Students who participate in this program are attending college in an area outside of the El Paso and Las Cruces area and are interested in building their career in the utility industry or within EPE’s service territory.
At El Paso Electric, our interns are an important part of our team.
El Paso Electric’s Summer College Internship Program is committed to providing a holistic work experience by developing professional ingenuity, cultivating leadership skills, identifying strengths, leveraging weaknesses and encouraging collaboration with coworkers and interns.
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
El Paso Electric paves the way for our interns to be successful by immersing them into challenging and fun learning activities to help power their success.
El Paso Electric’s exclusive learning curriculum includes an insight to the fundamentals of power by exploring the basics of power generation, transmission and distribution and all the components required to “keep the lights on”. EPE’s exclusive Electricity 101 class is an interactive guided tour of our power plants, substations, safety, pole climbing and much more!
Participants can also expect to build their financial acumen by learning the game of business, finance and strategy in our Zodiak® training. This sophisticated simulation is a fast-paced, energizing and engaging way to increase participant understanding of financial drivers and strategic objectives and the connection between strategy, financial success and the impact of strategic decisions.
Additional trainings include True Colors, Project Management, and Leadership Development all designed to enhance personal and professional working relationships by exercising participant leadership and management skills.
EXPERIENCE vs. WORK
Our interns get experience, while having an experience!
Each year, program participants will also take on a project management role by overseeing EPE’s annual summer intern Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. This unique assignment challenges all participants to think creatively, work outside the box and collaborate with employees at all levels across the Company to address challenges facing citizens in the El Paso and Las Cruces community. Upon completion of this initiative, participants will have strengthened management and leadership skills, enhanced problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills and an understanding of multiple functions within a corporate environment.
Participants complete the program equipped with transferable industry job skills that empower them to play a vital role in effectively leading diverse groups of people and improving their communities.
Qualifications for the El Paso Electric Summer College Internship Program include the following. All requirements must be met.
1. Currently enrolled as a Full-Time Student (Undergraduate – 12 hours, Graduate – 9 hours) and taking full time class at the time of application
Students must be currently enrolled at the time of application and taking classes in an accredited college or university in the United Sates and have completed at least two (2) semesters.
College freshman may apply during their second semester of school.
College seniors may apply for the program and participate immediately after graduation, but must be enrolled in school at the time of their application and interview.
Graduate students may apply; however, it is important to note that this program and its educational/training components are designed for undergraduates.
Students who have not yet graduated from high school even with dual college enrollment are ineligible for this program.
Individuals who have taken college courses, but are currently taking “time off” from school are ineligible.
2. Meet Any School Requirements for Participation
Students must have an overall G.P.A of 3.0 or above.
Students must be in “good standing” with their respective university to participate in our program. This includes G.P.A., classification, and number of credit hours earned.
Schools will be contacted to verify eligibility
3. Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Math, Engineering, Accounting, Finance, Business or related field.
4. Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
Students must meet all of the above requirements to be considered for this program.
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
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The application deadline for the 2017 season has passed. Applications for the 2018 season will open in the Fall.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. When does the EPE Summer College Internship Program take place?
We are currently recruiting for the Summer 2017 season which begins Monday, May 22 and ends Friday, August 11.
Students who attend universities that are on a traditional academic calendar will start their internship on Monday, May 22 and will complete their internship on Friday, August 11.
Students that are on a non-traditional or quarterly schedule will also be accommodated and their start and end date will be determined at the time that they receive an offer.
2. I am currently attending a community college and I will be transferring to a university effective August 2017. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes! Please indicate that you are transferring on your resume. It would also be helpful to upload support documentation such as a Verification of Enrollment form from your university that you are transferring to.
3. 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?
Transitioning to a new university is a huge step and big accomplishment that may require an adjustment to a student's organizational habits. Depending on the university that you decide to attend, you may be eligible for either our GRID Program or Summer College Internship Program at the end of your sophomore year of college.
4. How do I know which position to apply for?
The job postings are allocated by the departments hosting an intern. We have done our best to organize positions by discipline to make it easier for interested prospects to identify their area of interest based on their degree or program. All summer program postings will be titled:
Summer College Internship Program – “Department(s) or Division”.
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.
5. May I apply for more than one position?
If your skillset is transferable and relative, we encourage you to apply for more than one position. Be sure your resume speaks to each position that you are applying for.
6. My university is on a “non-traditional” or “quarterly” scheduling system which is currently conflicting with the program start and/or end date. Does this mean that I cannot participate in the program?
No. If you receive an offer for one of our positions and you are on a non-traditional or quarterly scheduling system, your recruiter will work with you to determine a start and end date.
7. Are participants provided a moving or relocation stipend?
Participants are not provided any moving or relocation stipends. We will be sure to provide as much information at the time of your offer to help you determine the best housing option for you.
8. Does El Paso Electric provide transportation?
Participants will be required to get themselves to and from their assigned work location. If transportation is required throughout the work day for various job site visits or trainings, El Paso Electric will make transportation arrangements if deemed necessary by HR.
9. I’ve submitted my application. When can I expect to hear back from a recruiter?
EPE will continue recruiting for its summer intern positions through the posted deadline, which is Friday, February 3, 2017. Anticipate that you may be contacted after that deadline but please 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?
An internship with us will not guarantee full-time employment upon graduation however EPE encourages all of its interns 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 email@example.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.
El Paso Electric Company (EPE) is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons in all areas of occupation without regard to age, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, workers' compensation, veteran status, genetic information, or familial responsibilities. In addition, EPE is committed to complying with all relevant and applicable federal, state and local laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination in the workplace.