Today, July 27, is National Intern Day, and PSEG Long Island is celebrating all of our summer interns.
Our summer internship program is a longstanding tradition that serves as an opportunity for students to learn the company’s culture, meet leadership and build a professional network. For the utility, it’s a critical way to develop a talent pipeline amidst fierce competition. Recently, the utility ushered in a new class of interns, welcoming 15 budding engineers, accountants, lawyers and other professionals who are networking with seasoned specialists and working on real-world projects. Representing colleges and universities from as near as Hofstra University, to as far as The University of Florida, they’re bringing to the table exciting skills and backgrounds while gaining valuable experience along the way.
“The utility continues to build a pipeline of workers through its successful internship program. For the past 10 years, we have invested in our own success and discovered new talent and future leaders through this program.”– Linda Johnson, PSEG Long Island Human Resources.
PSEG Long Island hosted a breakfast reception on Friday, July 21, at our Bethpage facility, where Interim President and COO Dave Lyons and other members of leadership welcomed our new interns.
Let’s meet a two of our new summer interns!
Daniel Corbett landed his internship in our Hicksville Electric Control Room as an Electric Service technical intern. The University of Maryland College Park aerospace engineering student is learning the ropes around the electric grid by working onsite assisting the distribution system operator and other system operators as they map out circuits and determine how to solve faults. He also checks to ensure non reclose assurance requests (NRAs) – to prevent automatic or manual line re-energization – are safe and in the correct area, maps out areas service workers need to patrol, and assists with switching circuits to keep as many lights on for customers as possible while work is being performed on the grid.
Corbett said that his work at the utility is a great complement to his course of studies. He plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in May 2024.
“My position at PSEG Long Island requires knowledge in the electrical engineering field as well as strong analytical and problem solving skills. My coursework has provided a strong foundation that allows me to successfully complete my tasks in a safe and efficient manner, which is critical at PSEG Long Island.”
Unlike Corbett, some interns work in hybrid fashion, with the opportunity to work both onsite and remotely. Emily Bulger is one such intern. This University of Virginia economics student is working as an Energy Efficiency (EE) & Electric Vehicle (EV) intern in our EE department, some days in the office and other days from home. She said that while working remotely can be challenging, she takes advantage of the opportunities to meet others onsite.
Although Bulger is studying economics, environmental challenges and sustainability have always interested her, which makes her EE & EV role a great fit. Amongst her responsibilities, she helps manage the EV Make Ready and Direct Current Fast Charging incentive programs ─ which offer financial incentives to those installing or using EV charging stations ─ and she participates in meetings with customers to learn more about the inner workings of the EV world.
“This position has allowed me to build upon my business and analytical skills and take a deeper dive into the business aspect of the energy and EV industries.
Bulger will be graduating early in May 2024 and hopes to stay at the University of Virginia for another year to earn her master’s in data science.
Both interns said that their internship at PSEG Long Island is proving to be valuable.
“This internship will be an immense help in my career path due to the fact that my everyday tasks and responsibilities highlight my strong analytical and problem solving skills as well as my ability to quickly work under pressure,” said Corbett. “PSEG’s name and prestige as a company will also help my career path by showing I have worked for an innovative and successful fortune 300 company.”
Bulger agrees, adding, “It’s my goal to pursue a career that utilizes business and technology to address environmental issues, and “PSEG Long Island’s Energy Efficiency & Electric Vehicle team does just that! This internship has opened my eyes to an innovative field that offers a growing number of job opportunities.”
Since 2019, the utility has hired approximately 12 interns as full-time, regular employees.