The Intern Challenge: The Pedaling Picassos Improving Jackson One Bike at a Time

My name is Miranda Meachum and I am a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Communications specialized in Public Relations. Currently, I’m a communications intern with Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Intern Challenge has officially begun! This week, 21 teams of interns begin their volunteer efforts to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play. Our team, the Pedaling Picassos, includes Taylor Dempsey, Jessah Rolstone, Spencer Nousain, Joseph Mayone, Cassidy Sponsler, Thomas Cox, Marcus Gill, Joseph Montgomery and myself. We hope to bring some creativity into our volunteer experience this summer.

Our first volunteer project planned will be at the Armory Bike Union (ABU). Previously known as Community Bikes, the organization began as a small bike swap and recycling program in Jackson. When this small idea began to outgrow its surroundings, the ABU was created to meet the transportation needs of the community. Now on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, volunteers can help refurbish donated bikes to then be given or sold back into the community.

“I felt like the Armory Bike Union was a unique organization to pair up with,” said my team member and Smart Energy Efficiency Solutions Intern, Thomas Cox. “I didn’t even know we had a bike armory in town, so it’s great to give back and help spread the word.”

The idea for this volunteer opportunity came from IT department intern, Spencer Nousain. After hearing about this volunteer opportunity from one of his mentors, he encouraged us to get involved.

To follow this group’s journey and to learn more about the Intern Challenge, follow the hashtag #CEVolunteers on Twitter.

Did you know?

  • We currently employ 217 interns from schools across the U.S.
  • The largest portion of our interns represent degrees in engineering, information system/ technology, business and accounting.

Learn more about our internship program.