Portrait of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity's MEISSP Interns, Summer 2018
Office of Economic Impact and Diversity's MEISSP Interns (Top, L-R: Francisco Vargas Alcántara, Alton “Pearson” Benson, Christina Neal Bottom, L-R: Micharon Byrd, Tiffany Ni)

On August 10, the Department of Energy will say farewell to 56 Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) interns. Managed by the Office of Minority Education and Community Development, MEISPP offers talented students paid internship positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Laboratories for 8-10 weeks every summer. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and government relations. Interns work side-by-side with leading scientists, engineers, and other top professionals to "jump-start" their careers, enhance leadership capabilities and develop professional skills.

As part of the program, participants attend career development workshops and community service events. This year, participants attended a brown bag session on Business Etiquette. In July, interns  attended a community service opportunity at Food and Friends, a food kitchen that delivers to people with life changing illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDs. Alton “Pearson” Benson said, “It felt great giving back to the community and helping people that can often be forgotten. The evening was filled with laughter and lots of hard work. I plan to go back in the near future to help this organization.”

In addition to managing the internship program, the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity hosted five interns at our offices in Washington, D.C. The interns supported the office’s mission to ensure that everyone is afforded an opportunity to participate fully in the Department of Energy's programs, opportunities, and resources. Feedback from project managers has been overwhelmingly positive. The interns have reduced administrative backlogs and produced stellar research for future projects. Over the next few days, we’ll hear from them as they share their background and experiences at DOE.