June 23, 2014
AIKEN, S.C. – Fresh from graduation, Jessica Jones is excited to spend another summer interning at Savannah River Remediation (SRR).
Jones, from St. George, S.C., graduated with a degree in business in May 2014 from Allen University in Columbia, S.C. This summer, she is working as an administrative services intern in Human Resources at SRR.
She had a position in training procedures last summer. As a returner, but to a different department, Jones has the opportunity to learn from mistakes and experiences last year and apply them to her job now.
"I was so nervous last summer," she said. "Some things I just assumed without asking first. Now I know it's better to just ask questions if you're in doubt about something."
As an administrative assistant, Jones has many responsibilities on a daily basis. Some of these tasks include communication with fellow interns, following up on credential checks and involvement in the hiring process for new employees. She described herself as an unofficial liaison between the company and new hires, including fellow interns.
"Working in Human Resources has helped me be a point of contact for other interns," said Jones. "With this being my second year, I've been able to learn the ropes so I can answer the interns' questions. Whether it is about their paperwork or what's good in the cafeteria, I try to help them out."
According to Jones, her position in Human Resources has inspired her to become more detailed-oriented.
"It's crucial to pay attention to detail," she said. "That way you don't have to keep repeating the same task due to simple mistakes that could have easily been averted. Everyone's human – we do make mistakes – but looking over your work before you turn it in really helps."
Jones was very involved in activities outside the classroom during her four years at Allen University. In addition to being in several honor societies, she was a student ambassador and the president of the National Association of Black Accountants.
After her 12 weeks at SRR are over, Jones is thinking about heading to graduate school to earn a master's degree in business administration.
"I'm pretty flexible with where I want to go and what I want to do," said Jones. "But no matter what I decide, I know I'm going to be thankful that I got my start as an intern at SRR."
SRR is the Liquid Waste contractor at Savannah River Site, which is owned by U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M HILL and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.
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