Students are gaining first-hand experience in the area of energy conservation by working as paid interns through a Student Energy Internship Program. Now in its second year at Johnson C. Smith University, the interns are able to better understand the energy sector and importance of conservation.
The University’s Center for Applied Leadership and Community Development (CALCD) coordinates the program in collaboration with the city of Charlotte, UNC-Charlotte, Queens University and Davidson College. It is funded through the N.C. Department of Energy. The student interns may be found working in a variety of agencies, including departments within the city of Charlotte and City Manager’s Office, Charlotte Area Transit Authority, as well as Neighborhood and Business Services.
CALCD and the Center for Career Development also offer student interns and fellows professional development training to prepare them for careers or graduate school.
“Students employ in their daily lives what they learn from the program,” said Sherrill Hampton, director for applied leadership and community development. She said the students take the knowledge they gain and apply it in residence halls and other areas where students congregate on campus to help reduce energy consumption.