The Intern Challenge has come to a close and the results are in! 150 Consumers Energy interns, organizing 33 service projects for 27 non-profit organizations, have definitely left their communities better than they found them. For judging purposes, the Intern Challenge group winners were determined based on small and large group categories.
The winner of the small group division was the Community Developers. This group took on multiple projects to improve the quality of living for all ages and beautify the community of Jackson. Their projects included:
- Picking up over 60 gallons of trash within a three and a half mile area in downtown Jackson.
- Beautifying gardens at the United Way of Jackson County and the Jackson Friendly Home, an assisted living facility for women at least 60 years of age.
The winner of the large group division was appropriately named the Gold Team. This team focused on inspiring local youth and leaving a permanent mark on their community. Their projects included:
- Building a bench located in a local park in Port Sheldon Township.
- Volunteering at the Holland Boys and Girls Club where they designed activities about wind turbines, polymers, and electromagnetism to show kids how science can be fun.
Although these two teams came out on top, all of the participants and their communities are winners this summer. The skills and experiences our interns gained throughout the Intern Challenge will stay with them far beyond their time at Consumers Energy. To see our Intern Challenge groups’ accomplishments, follow #CEVolunteers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.