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Interns Reflect on Rewarding Experiences Working at Idaho Site

September 10, 2019

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Daniel Walker works on an assignment at Idaho State University. While a Fluor Idaho intern, Walker responded to the information technology needs of computer users and even developed an app.
Daniel Walker works on an assignment at Idaho State University. While a Fluor Idaho intern, Walker responded to the information technology needs of computer users and even developed an app.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Daniel Walker is a non-traditional college student who enrolled at Idaho State University (ISU) a decade after graduating from high school.

He was among the 20 students who recently completed their summer internships at Fluor Idaho, EM’s Idaho National Laboratory Site cleanup contractor. Many of the interns expressed interest in returning to the site, possibly in full-time permanent positions.

“To be able to come here for two months during the internship and make an impact was really rewarding,” Walker said.

Supporting Fluor Idaho’s information management (IM) group, Walker learned about implementing core IM concepts in a real-world environment. He fielded software change requests, worked on a database, developed an app, and supported many other IM functions.

Rocio Rojas and Kalie Giles, ISU students who interned in Fluor Idaho’s transuranic waste program, updated acceptable knowledge (AK) documents and added new ones to the database. Those documents note the waste types and volumes inside the waste drums, ensuring their contents comply with the EM Waste Isolation Pilot Plant waste acceptance criteria.

“Having accurate AK information for the waste being shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is crucial for ensuring compliance with the facility’s waste acceptance criteria and for audit purposes,” Rojas said.

Rojas and Giles said they enjoyed their internships.

“We had a wonderful time this summer and learned so much,” Giles said.

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