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One of the key programs of the Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity is our Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP). The MEISPP has become a major recruitment program for DOE managers who are committed to building the highest quality workforce at the Department. Students have unique experiences during their 10 weeks at DOE and perform substantive professional and technical work that furthers the Department’s missions in energy, environment, national security and scientific discovery. Beyond having the opportunity to add to the mission of DOE, MEISPP interns receive a stipend along with paid lodging, roundtrip airfare, summer workshops, and planned social activities.
August 4, 2010 was a special day for interns participating in this year’s MEISPP. Headquarters interns gathered with mentors, supervisors and program champions at Pier 7 in Southwest Washington, DC to celebrate student accomplishments and reflect on their experiences during a closing ceremony. A keynote address delivered by Dr. Lezli Baskerville, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association For Equal Opportunity in Education (NAFEO) encouraged students to stay connected to their mentors and to spread the word about the MEISPP to their peers, university faculty and members of Congress.
Dr. Baskerville’s message of engagement struck a chord with many students who went on to share their insights from their internship experiences. Though each student had a different story, an overarching theme of appreciation and strong sense of accomplishment could be heard in each student’s response.
Since its inception, the MEISPP has grown dramatically due to increased sponsorship from program offices and a partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2010, 21 of the 75 MEISPP students were afforded the opportunity to intern at the EPA in Washington, DC and its field locations.
If you are a student at a Minority Educational Institution, or know of a student at an MEI who would like to test drive a career at the DOE, make sure to visit http://www.doeminorityinternships.org to apply for the program. Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2010 through March 15th, 2011 for the 2011 summer program.