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New employee got her start as SAFE Intern

safeTania Hernandez started her career at CPS Energy about nine months ago as an engineering associate. Since then, she’s worked on various projects, including development of a new Behavior-Based Safety App. Employees use the app in the field to identify and report safety hazards.

But, the 24 year-old didn’t start a budding career overnight. She took initiative about six years ago while at Burbank High School to apply for a summer internship with our Student Assistance For Education (SAFE) program. Tania was selected for SAFE in 2009 and interned every summer until she graduated from UTSA in Spring 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

SAFE interns get hands-on experience with a mentor through a paid summer internship, starting at $10 hourly, and receive a $5,000 scholarship.

“When I first applied, I never really thought it would grow into a career,” said Tania. “I was just looking for scholarships. I remember talking to other students about the internship, but they didn’t want to waste their time with essays. They didn’t think they had a chance to get picked, but you never know unless you try.”

Do you know a local high school junior who is eager to learn something new and start building their career? Tell them to contact their high school counselor or visit cpsenergy.com/SAFE to apply online for a SAFE internship by Feb. 3.

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