June 7, 2016
Aiken, S.C. - Savannah River Remediation (SRR) welcomed 42 students to their summer internship program where they will network and develop workplace skills, narrowing a gap between the classroom and the professional world.
SRR internships provide hands-on experience in diverse fields ranging from engineering to law to communications. In addition to a host of students from the full spectrum of engineering disciplines, this year’s interns are working towards degrees in programs such as business, information technology, emergency management, and statistics.
Of the 42 interns, six are involved in the School-to-Work program, which promotes work-based learning in occupational areas that may be pursued as future careers. Three SRR interns are also participating in the Department of Energy’s Mentorship for Environmental Scholars, a program that provides exposure to laboratory research in the computer and environmental sciences to college students.
Many hail from universities throughout South Carolina as well as all over the Southeast, such as the University of South Carolina, Aiken Technical College, Clemson University, Claflin University, University of Georgia, University of Georgia School of Law, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Augusta University, Florida State University, University of Alabama, Tuskegee University, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Mars Hill University, and Meredith College.
Not only are there Gamecocks, Tigers, and Bulldogs, but the Savannah River Remediation interns also represent universities such as Excelsior College in New York, the University of Illinois, the University of Akron in Ohio, and the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Taylor Schneider, a mechanical engineering major from Clemson University, said that she hopes to gain real-world experience while working with the Salt Waste Processing Facility Integration Team this summer.
“The reason I accepted an internship at SRR was because I no longer wanted to only see a pump as something drawn on a piece of paper, but actually as a tangible machine that I could interact with,” said Schneider.
In addition to the experience gained for their degree programs, the SRR summer interns will also have the opportunity to give back to the local community through projects and support of organizations such as the United Way.
Allison Brown, Summer Intern Program Coordinator, said SRR not only supports the nuclear industry, but also the local community.
“Our interns are encouraged to embrace and uphold SRR’s community values in order to gain the full experience of working with our company,” Brown said.
SRR is the liquid waste contactor at SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.
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