Through the eyes of an intern: Helping students see why energy jobs are dream jobs
When you choose energy, you’re not just choosing a job. You’re choosing to build a meaningful career and life full of opportunity, collaboration, and creativity because you’re joining an incredible effort to provide energy solutions and impact lives.
That’s what Gurpreet Sandhu, a second-time Dominion Energy intern, aimed to show students from diverse high schools in Richmond at a four-day Youth Leadership Conference held in July this summer. Hosted by Dominion Energy and NAACP, the conference encouraged students to think about their lives after high school and take the first steps in building their futures in energy and other areas of interest.
“I found it so rewarding to be able to work on this project from its inception and help make the conference meaningful so that these students could have the best possible experience,” Gurpreet said.
During the conference, students had to envision their futures and build a roadmap on how they will achieve their goals – while also considering costs and obstacles they may face in the next five years. They collaborated to determine ways to overcome their obstacles and experienced other fun activities, including a ropes course, tour of the Power Delivery Training Center, and lineman demonstrations.
Students engaged with several Dominion Energy employees, listening to the various ways that people have built lasting and rewarding careers. Dominion Energy’s senior leadership, including Carter Reid, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative & Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Darius Johnson, Vice President – Employee Engagement and Development, Greg Hitt, Vice President – Corporate Communications, , activist Marc Cheatham, as well as various area NAACP Chapter Presidents, welcomed students and shared their own personal journeys.
“It was an incredible experience, and we’re hoping we made a huge impact on the students,” Gurpreet said. “Before leaving, every one of them said they wished it was longer and that they all definitely want to return next year.”
Gurpreet was one of four summer interns who served on the planning committee for the leadership conference. Joining her were Fatimah Ogungbade, Jack Wilson and Lucy Smith. The project was a collaboration between our Community Affairs and Talent Acquisition teams.
Dominion Energy is passionate about finding opportunities for people to combine their passion for career growth and collaboration with energy careers, recognizing the need to ensure a prepared and qualified workforce for our industry. In addition to this conference for local high school students, the company is hosting its Careers in Energy Diversity Student Conference in October for college students who are interested in internships and participating in Careers in Energy Week, a nationwide effort to increase the public’s awareness of energy careers.