Like so many things in 2020, the Idaho Power Summer Engineering Intern program did not go as expected. After months of planning and coordinating everything from the welcome picnic to tours of power plants, program organizers had to quickly reorient to provide a remote, yet still rewarding, educational experience.
Interns still worked on projects, from transformer testing to osprey observing to stream gaging. In place of the typical in-person Idaho Power facility tours, the interns focused on community-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects to help provide valuable resources for the communities Idaho Power serves.
“We were so pleased to be able to move forward with a remote program this year. This generation of students was much better equipped to work virtually than many of us, and we were able to incorporate some valuable and fresh ideas that we otherwise wouldn’t have,” said Senior Engineer and Engineering Intern program co-chair Chellie Jensen.
In their last few weeks, the interns will virtually present their work and community projects to Idaho Power engineers and company leadership. They will also virtually celebrate National Intern Day on July 30, with President and CEO Lisa Grow as keynote speaker.
Planning for next year’s internships is already underway. Announcements will be posted on idahopower.com/careers later this fall for summer 2021 internship postings.