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Topeka, Kan., May 30, 2017 – When Cassidy Boles joined Westar Energy as a communications intern last year, she was surprised to be given sole responsibility in developing the company’s Clean Energy Kansas web page.
"Going into my internship, I thought I would be making copies, getting coffee and answering the phone,” Boles said. “Instead, Westar treated me like a member of the team. I received hands on experience that made me stand out among my peers and set me up for success for a job after college. I am so thankful for the opportunity Westar gave me.”
Westar Energy opens its doors today to spark the enthusiasm of 40 more students. These interns traveled from colleges across the country to gain rigorous experience in trades such as line work and professions ranging from engineering and accounting to communications and human resources.
The program, which has been recognized three times in Internships for Qualify of Life by Vault.com, has allowed 175 interns like Boles to gain experience in the energy industry with more than 60 becoming full-time employees since 2013.
“These bright students teach us while we give them professional experience,” said Mark Ruelle, Westar Energy president and CEO. “Sometimes if the spark is right, we also gain a future employee.”
Westar Energy interns work hard and play hard while they are here. In addition to learning about their respective areas of study, Westar provides several intern events throughout the summer, including tours of other areas of the company, networking events with other interns and employees, and lunch and learns to hear about the inner-workings of the energy industry.
Kim Konecny, employment supervisor, oversees our college internship program, which was ranked No. 12 nationwide for 2017 Internships by Vault.com. “These summer internships include a very competitive selection process, with some of the openings bringing in hundreds of applicants,” Konecny said. “Hands-on experience is what our internship programs are all about. It’s never too early to start searching for your dream career.”
Konecny is also co-chairwoman of the new Top City Internship program, which is being organized by the Forge young professionals leadership team of Topeka. “Our goal with this collaborative effort is to keep our interns engaged in Topeka and show them what a great place it is to live, work and play.”
Intern and career opportunities at Westar can be found at www.WestarEnergy.com/careers.
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As Kansas’ largest electric utility, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) provides customers the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. We have 7,800 MW of electric generation capacity that includes renewables and traditional power sources with half the electricity supplied to our more than 700,000 customers from emissions free sources: nuclear, wind and solar, with a third coming from renewables. We are a leader in electric transmission in Kansas coordinating a network of lines and substations that supports one of the largest consolidations of wind energy in the nation. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.
For more information about Westar Energy, visit us on the Internet at http://www.WestarEnergy.com.
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