Southern Company is committed to recruiting the nation’s top talent despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer, more than 150 interns and co-ops will participate in the student program with the goal of preparing them for full-time careers within the energy industry.
Communication has been a vital component in ensuring students are set up for success. While most of them are telecommuting from their homes, the workload is the same as it would be if they were physically at a company facility. Students are communicating with their teams and managers through technology platforms such as Skype and Microsoft Teams.
“They are engaged in their job assignments and are doing the same work that other engineers are doing,” said network underground engineering manager and SWE member Michelle Fuqua.
The student program also provides interns and co-ops career and professional development through virtual lunches and town halls, digital conferences, networking, mentoring and volunteer activities through resource groups like Students of Southern Company.
The student program at Southern Company is part of its efforts in hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ and veterans. In addition to being recognized for multiple workplace awards, Southern Company is ranked number 26 on DiversityInc’s 2020 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list.
This pandemic has not deterred Southern Company from providing its interns and co-ops with a well-rounded learning and training experience while continuing to develop future leaders within the industry and communities we serve.