INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW
El Paso Electric (EPE) wants Summer High School Internship Program (SHS) participants to return to their senior year of high school with a refined understanding of their ability to achieve their academic, professional and personal goals by utilizing their skills and knowledge to make an impact in their community as emerging leaders and future college students.
At the conclusion of the program, participants have refined their leadership and teamwork attributes through a multitude of unique work assignments and projects that will help build transferable job and soft skills that are unique to the power industry.
At El Paso Electric, our interns are an important part of our team.
The goal of the program is to provide a holistic work experience for local high school students 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 and futures.
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
Summer High School Interns are empowered through a series of challenging and fun projects that will prepare them to enter the workforce with entry-level job skills. These work assignments will give participants an understanding of general business practices and how they apply to the utility industry. Participants will also learn how to effectively contribute back to their community by leading diverse groups of individuals through the annual summer intern Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative.
Qualifications for the El Paso Electric Summer High School Internship Program include the following. All requirements must be met.
Currently enrolled as a high school junior in an accredited high school within the EPE service territory (Van Horn, TX to Hatch, NM)
Must be classified as a high school junior for the 2017 -2018 academic school year and entering your senior year beginning August 2018
Must have an overall high school G.P.A. of a 3.0/4.0 or above
Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without requiring sponsorship for an immigration related employment benefit.
Must be available to work Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3:30 pm throughout the duration of the program (June 11, 2018 - August 3, 2018).
Applications for the Summer 2018 season are closed. Applications for the Summer 2019 season will open in Fall 2018.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Can I apply if I am taking dual credit courses through a community college?
Yes, however, only students who are classified as high school juniors for the current school year are eligible to apply for this program.
2. Is this program only open to students attending a public high school?
This program is open to all high school juniors regardless of the school they are attending. Applicants must be high school juniors within the EPE service territory (Van Horn, TX through Hatch, NM).
3. I am a U.S. citizen, but I live in Mexico. Am I eligible for this program?
Yes, students who are U.S. citizens but live in Mexico are eligible to apply for this program.
4. I will be out of town for a few days during the program. Should I still consider applying?
Yes! Conflicts to our program can be disclosed during the application and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
5. I will be taking summer school courses. Will this program work around my summer school schedule?
Students that are interested in applying for this program must be available to work Monday through Friday from 9 am – 3:30 pm. El Paso Electric will review conflicts, absences and vacation requests on a case by case basis.
6. Am I required to attend an information session to be considered for the application?
Attending an information sessions is not required however it is highly encouraged. These sessions give students and their parents an opportunity to learn about the program and determine whether it is a good fit for the student.