Intern Challenge 2017 Results

Consumers Energy’s annual Intern Challenge encourages interns to develop creative solutions to meet needs in the communities we serve. This summer, nearly 124 interns gave their time to 26 nonprofit organizations, up from last year’s 90 interns and 18 nonprofit organizations. A total of 18 teams participated with six teams receiving top recognition. Learn more about the projects below.

Small Team Winners

The Fab Five – Jackson Learning Fair: Demonstrated how Consumers Energy delivers gas and electric to their customers at the learning fair to all the kids who attended.

  • Team Members: Blake Ryan, Jack Higham, Kaylie Bohn, Lorenzo Peve, Hunter Jeffreys

Vincent Van Growers – John George Home, Jackson Friendly Home: Painted flower pots with residents of the assisted living centers.

  • Team Members: Jane Hess, Ali Shand, Corey Noble, Korderro Brown, Tiffany Liu

The Southeast Dream Builders – United Way of Genesee County, Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County: Taught the Madison Heights Community about gas safety and helped build homes for displaced families in Flint.

  • Team Members: Walter Stevenson III, Courtney Vanderhoof, Karlie Hendry, Mitchell Heinrich, Tyler Burkhardt

Large Team Winners

Royal Oak Interns –Oakland County Parks & Recreation, St. Anne’s Mead Assisted Living: Helped run the Butterfly Parade by directing traffic, answering questions, etc. Went to the St. Anne’s Mead Assisted Living and hosted a dancing day, where they showed them different styles of dance. They went back a second time to host a game day.

  • Team Members: Molly McClorey, Victoria Guzman, Jalen Hatcher, Nazir Jairazbhoy, Artralia Powell, Abhiraj Narsinghia, Stephany Villa

Robotic Renaissance –FIRST Robotics ROBO-CON: Helping plan, set up and run the ROBO-CON event in Lapeer.

  • Team Members: Ellen Green, Stephen Subu, Joshua Clouse, Brandon Jett, Thomas Pasternak, Tyler Cobb

DI$CO NINJA$ – Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity ReStore, City of Jackson Trash Clean-up: Taught 60-80 kids at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, picked up trash around the city of Jackson and organized items at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

  • Team Members: Sasha Morford, Jesse Morgan, Elisha Parsons, Danny Wilmot, Sandra Kue, Jordan Mulcahy, Austin Latter, Alec Withrow, Kyle Platt

Nonprofits Helped During the 2017 Intern Challenge:

  1. Blandford Nature Center –Grand Rapids
  2. Father Fred Food Pantry –Traverse City
  3. FIRST Robotics –ROBO-CON –Lapeer
  4. Genesee County Habitat for Humanity
  5. Goodwill Industries –Jackson
  6. Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity
  7. Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region
  8. Haven House –East Lansing
  9. Isabella County Parks & Recreation – Herrick Recreational Area
  10. Jackson Friendly Home
  11. Jackson Learning Fair
  12. Jackson YMCA
  13. John George Home –Jackson
  14. Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
  15. Kalamazoo Nature Center
  16. Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
  17. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center –Jackson
  18. MDOT Adopt-A-Highway –Ludington
  19. Michigan Audubon –East Lansing
  20. Oakland County Parks and Recreation
  21. Anne’s Mead Assisted Living –Southfield
  22. The Dahlem Center –Jackson
  23. The Salvation Army –Jackson
  24. Underground Railroad Resale Shop –Saginaw
  25. United Way of Genesee County
  26. United Way of Saginaw County

Community Impact:

  • 45lbs of invasive plants removed
  • 100+ invasive saplings removed from trail
  • Roughly 50 seniors reached
  • Over 500 children reached
  • 87 pairs of shoes donated
  • 55 canned food items collected
  • 10 bags of trash collected
  • 90 families fed in 30 minutes
  • 380 clothing items donated

Learn more about interning at Consumers Energy at ConsumersEnergy.com/intern. Learn more about our commitment to the communities we serve at ConsumersEnergy.com/sustainability.