While school was officially out this summer, PECO continued its commitment to providing local students with opportunities to advance their education. Nearly 30 students from 13 area high schools completed summer internships at PECO, which culminated in presentations of innovative energy projects to their peers and employees.
PECO’s internship program introduces students to work experiences built on innovation and personal development. It teaches students how they can help build the future of the energy industry with an emphasis on social and environmental responsibility. This summer, the interns were exposed to more than 20 PECO different departments, gaining insight about the operation of the company’s electric and natural gas systems, customer experience initiatives, and business support functions.
“With the rising interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies in our schools, we’re proud to offer internship programs that give students an opportunity to flex those skills while learning more about the role PECO plays in our communities,” said Mary Krick, PECO vice president of Human Resources.
Now in its 12th year, PECO’s high school intern program has provided internships to more than 220 area students. It also supports the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts by providing internship opportunities to female and minority students.
“PECO has equipped me with the experience I need to be successful in any corporate setting,” said Jonathan McCoy, a PECO summer intern who recently graduated from Cheltenham High School in Montgomery County, Pa. “I feel more confident and aware as a result of my time at PECO, and I’m very lucky to have received this opportunity.”
PECO also provides summer internships to college students, with more than 10 students participating in this year’s program. This year’s college interns came from seven schools, including Temple University, Penn State University, Ohio State University and Rutgers University.
High school students can apply for summer internships at PECO through the Philadelphia Youth Network by visiting summerapp.workreadyphila.org. College students interested in PECO internships can get more information by visiting exeloncorp.com/careers/opportunities-for-students.
PECO’s commitment to area students goes beyond internship programming. Through a partnership with Drexel University, PECO and its parent company, Exelon, hire about 100 students each year as part of a cooperative education program. In addition, PECO has provided scholarships to deserving Drexel students through the Exelon Endowed Scholarship Fund for Women and Minorities in Engineering. More than 120 students have received more than $830,000 in scholarships through the endowment since 2004.
PECO also contributes more than $150,000 annually in scholarships for limited-income students at local college and universities – a great investment in our future workforce. Beginning in 2016, the company is providing $10,000 annually to support STEM programming at Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Community Colleges.
And, in June 2016, the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development announced, in partnership with PECO, a new introductory training program to develop a local skilled natural gas workforce. The hands-on program is currently offered at Delaware County Community College and prepares students for entry-level employment in the natural gas industry.