Tania 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.