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Internships at Jackson EMC: Real Life Learning

For student interns at Jackson EMC, the opportunity to work at one of the largest electric cooperatives in the nation means getting hands-on, real-world experience.

“One of my favorite things to do here is helping with the installation process for solar systems at members’ homes,” said Sandie Gaskins, a student at the University of North Georgia.

A graduate of Jackson County Comprehensive High School, Sandie’s passion for robotics landed her a position in Jackson EMC’s internship program in 2016. She’s since been a part of the team developing the cooperative’s grid automation and smart switches, which will enable quicker power restoration to mem­bers during outages.

“I like building things,” said Sandie, who has used her internship experience at Jackson EMC to refine her career path from computer programming to engineering.

Tan Tonge, a student at Jefferson High School, has always known his career would be in engineering – but he didn’t know the specific area of engineering he’d enjoy.

“I wanted to get professional engineering experience to see where I want to focus,” said Tan, who plans to attend the University of North Georgia and later transfer to Georgia Tech.

As a member of the cooperative’s engineering and operations team, Tan plays a role in studying electrical fuses on power lines and determining the right power poles to install at specific sites.

For another intern, Lance Wilson, his experience at Jackson EMC also has helped him develop the important skills he’ll need for the next stage of his career.

After an early career in the Army, Lance realized he needed civilian work experience to take his career in information technology (IT) to the next level. A student at Athens Technical College, Lance works in the IT department at Jackson EMC.

“I feel like I have a lot of freedom in this internship to learn and grow,” said Lance, who plans to transfer to Kennesaw State University and pursue a career in cybersecurity.

Jackson EMC offers internships in a variety of fields. Local high schools, colleges and universities are notified when internship opportunities are available.

For more information about student internships at Jackson EMC, visit jacksonemc.com/careers.