Your Career Starts Now with Power and Energy Internships and Co-ops
If you're interested in a career in power and energy engineering, career experience will give you a head start on getting a job once you complete your degree. It can also help you decide if this is the right career path for you!
Does the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative® include career experiences?Yes. Part of being a PES Scholar is the opportunity to gain career experience every year you're in the program.* Career experience is so important, we've made it a requirement of the program — and we're here to help! We've set up PES-Careers, a database that helps match you with companies offering career experiences. All scholarship recipients must subscribe to PES-Careers and upload a resume. If you have trouble finding the right internship through PES-Careers, you can let us know and we'll assist you in finding an internship!
Find out more information on engineering internships and co-ops here.
What qualifies as power and energy engineering experience?
Significant work in a power and energy engineering position or engineering work that's related to power and energy engineering. Usually that comes in the form of a summer internship — but it might be co-op work, or a job that has equivalent experience (for example, summer research in power and energy engineering at your institution).
A qualifying career experience is one in which the student is exposed to and performs the work of a power and energy engineer. The predominant work responsibilities of power and energy engineers are focused on electrical systems, equipment and facilities. (In contrast, electric and natural gas energy services may focus on mechanical systems and other non-electrical systems.) Power and energy engineers are involved in the planning, research, design, development, construction, installation and operation of equipment, facilities and systems for the safe, reliable, and economic generation, transmission, distribution, consumption and control of electricity.
Power and energy engineers may work for utilities, transmission companies, generation companies, regional transmission operators, equipment manufacturers, engineering service companies, regulatory agencies, the Department of Energy, national labs, industrial customers, cooperatives and public power utilities, or consulting companies.
* You'll be expected to have either completed or be in the process of completing career experience such as an internship or a cooperative when you reapply.