Opportunity Meets Experience with Summer Interns

The Consumers Energy 2013 Summer Intern class discusses their learning opportunities.

Most interns get real-life experience. Some interns even get paid. At Consumers Energy, opportunity meets experience and puts a little cash in the pocket.

More than 150 interns from colleges and universities across the nation are helping this summer to fulfill the company’s promise and work to deliver the energy customers need whenever they need it.

Like the workforce, Michigan schools are well-represented in this year’s summer intern class. Schools include: Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Michigan Tech, Northwood Institute and more.

Representing 65 different majors from engineering to communications, interns also will contribute to their communities by giving back through a corporate service project.

The Consumers Energy Intern Challenge brings interns together for community service work near Consumers Energy locations and supports the company’s commitment to care for its communities.

In the past, interns have worked with The Salvation Army, food banks, homeless shelters, and organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Partnering with communities where Consumers Energy has an active presence is but one facet of the company’s corporate citizenship, said Carolyn Bloodworth, Director of Corporate Giving.

Vice President of Customer Experience and Operations Patti Poppe encourages this year’s class to work together to solve complicated energy problems and “bring bright ideas” to work daily.

Collaboration between departments will help Consumers Energy meet the needs of its customers in an efficient and innovative manner, Poppe said.

VIDEO:  Lessons learned from the 2012 Summer Internship experience.  Learn more about Consumers Energy internships.

By Beauregard B. Hayhoe
Strategic Communications Intern from Michigan State University