Clinton, IL - Exelon Nuclear's internship program gave college students some "real world" work experience this summer that will enhance their chances of finding jobs after graduation. Nationwide, the company hired 121 summer interns at its 13 facilities, including eight at Clinton Station in Clinton, IL.
"Our internship program represents a win-win situation for the company and the students," said Amanda Poland human resources manager. "Those completing Exelon Nuclear internships are more likely to return as permanent employees after earning their degrees." Poland noted that 26 of the 43 new graduates Exelon Nuclear hired so far this year are former interns.
"In addition to benefitting the students, the internship program helps the company," Poland said. "Our interns bring enthusiasm, new perspectives and creative ideas to the business. The program also serves as a pipeline for new employees."
"This internship has been a wonderful experience. I have met a lot of really great people here while learning a lot of things my professors never taught me," said Brooke McClure, a reactor engineering senior at the University of Illinois and a summer intern at Clinton Power Station. "This peek into the â€˜real world' has gotten me excited for my future in the nuclear workforce."
Exelon Nuclear offers two types of internships. Engineering internships are provided for students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in various engineering fields, physics or health physics. Technical internships are offered for students enrolled in a two-year technical program at one of several community colleges or specialized trade schools partnering with Exelon Nuclear. Both types of internships emphasize academic learning, career development, skill building and personal growth.
The internship program continues to flourish thanks to strong support at all levels of the company, from the site vice presidents through the Exelon Corp. senior leadership team.
Interns at Exelon Nuclear sites this summer received hands-on experience in a variety of areas, including engineering, nuclear operations, chemistry, health physics and business administration, depending on their career aspirations. Upon completion of their summer internships, each student recapped his or her summer experience during presentations to the station and company senior leadership teams.
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