Skyline College’s Energize Colleges student interns participated in a professional development workshop on March 9, 2018,  to equip themselves with the necessary skills and tools to be effective not only in their current positions, but also in their future careers.

Alex Fuentes, the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, led eight of the program’s 10 total interns in a number of engaging activities to strengthen interns’ time management and networking skills. In addition to sharing tips with each other, interns developed their own “minute messages” to communicate their projects and goals during networking opportunities. They also had a chance to listen to the program’s regional supervisor, Rebecca Aviles from Strategic Energy Innovations, about her career path and current role.

Energize Colleges is an internship program on campus that provides students with hands-on experience in the green workforce. Interns work on projects that aim to generate energy and water savings for campus and local organizations. Spring 2018 intern projects include developing a car counter for campus parking lots, helping campus reach its waste diversion goal, and conducting home energy audits. Besides work experience and professional experience, Energize Colleges provides interns with opportunities to engage local high school students in sustainability career exploration.

Article by Mary Thomasmeyer

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