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PEC’s 2017 interns

Aug 10, 2017

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What our employees had to say about these talented interns:

PEC Renewable & Distributed Energy Manager Brad Clark on supervising Muneeb Agha:

"[Muneeb] brought fresh ideas, perspectives and capabilities to the team that otherwise would have been absent. When he asks questions, it makes each of us think a bit harder about our guiding reasons, methods and assumptions. It’s been a great experience for each of us to have him become part of the team."

PEC Electrical Distribution Planning and Design Manager David Nelson on supervising Robert Lee:

"It is refreshing to work with these interns who are full of knowledge and enthusiasm while we showcase our processes and member interactions. [Lee] has been positive, friendly, open-minded and eager to learn. We appreciate his contributions to our team and quickly accepted him as part of our PEC family!"

PEC Key Account Management & Business Growth Director Todd Evans on supervising Shelby Mueller:

"[Shelby] has been a huge help to our group. She confirmed what I am hearing about students coming out of college these days. They have a need to develop marketable skills, and Shelby definitely demonstrated that through her constant desire to learn as much she could about our department, company and industry."

What they've learned from us this summer

For the third consecutive year, we selected interns for a 10- to 12-week paid summer internship in a variety of our cooperative’s departments. PEC interns get hands-on experience: They work on real projects under the guidance of experienced employees, and are able to network with their talented co-workers.

Six young, bright Texas college students were welcomed into our organization, and ready to learn while happily serving our members. Here’s what they (and some of their PEC supervisors) had to say about their experience.

Garrett Warmke from Texas State University, Distribution Design & Field Engineering

Garrett Warmke"One of the most memorable weeks I’ve had here at PEC was the chance to go on a circuit tour. My favorite stop on the tour was meeting members from the maintenance crew. They brought out one of the drones they use to inspect poles, showed us how to look for hot spots on poles and in substations. My experience here made me realize that I could see myself in this industry."

Jessica Bascom from Texas A&M University, Energy Services & Energy Regulatory Affairs

Jessica Bascam"I have learned to listen to and value every opinion within a company in order to make it run as smooth as possible. The kindness I have received has made such a difference in my experience. Every employee and member matters."

Muneeb Agha from University of Texas, Energy Services, Renewable & Distributed Energy

Muneeb Agha"I have learned a great deal about the utilities industry so far, and I am really glad to have learned it from a renowned cooperative like PEC. With solar energy becoming a huge part of powering the world, my hands-on experience with PEC’s solar energy and interconnection projects is incredibly valuable to my career."

Robert Lee from Texas State University, Engineering Services & Substation Design

Robert Lee"The layman takes the convenience of electrical utility for granted. The amount of effort and manpower to accomplish such expansive projects was truly eye-opening during my internship. Considering the cooperative is member-owned, it’s inspiring to see the care taken to ensure the best possible outcome for the member, the cooperative and the community."

Scott Tobin from Texas State University, Information Technology & System Operations

Scott Tobin"What I’ve learned from this internship is that I am convinced that networking is definitely the field I want to pursue. This company is more like a family than other IT jobs I have worked in. So moving forward, I want to find a place with a similar family mentality."

Shelby Mueller from Texas State University, Strategic Relationships & Business Growth

Shelby Mueller"My favorite part of the internship was the key account client visits, and [it] was nice to get out of the office and meet the [members] we serve. One of our clients, Huber Carbonates, gave me a tour of the site, which was a very cool experience. Interning for PEC has been a great experience that I am very grateful to have."

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