Twenty college students are participating in this year's Summer Internship program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Paducah Site. The 10-week program kicked off May 20, offering hands-on experience, leadership opportunities, and communication skills training to participants.
"The DOE internship program is an opportunity for college students to explore a variety of careers, and at the same time our projects benefit from the talent these students bring to the Paducah Site," said Jennifer Woodard, Paducah Site Lead for DOE's Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office.
Throughout the program, students attend educational seminars. They also participate in team-building activities and cross-training opportunities. Students are given hands-on training in the areas of Planning and Optimization; Business Services; Environmental Services; Waste and Materials; Stabilization and Deactivation; Engineering; and Environmental Safety, Health and Quality Services.
In addition to performing daily tasks, interns also participate in the DOE's Feds Feed Families drive, a program that collects and donates food to local nonprofits who work to feed the region's hungry.
"Students always have a great time planning events that help people in our region. It's a great way for us, as business leaders, to teach young people the value of giving back to the community," Swift & Staley Vice President and Project Manager Tammy Courtney said.