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Summer Student Trainee (Electrical Engineering)

We’re an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. Ranked number one in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings, our team of engineers, scientists, analysts and attorneys work collaboratively to ensure that the industry delivers reliable, efficient and sustainable energy, impacting the daily lives of all Americans.

Our internship program provides students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a federal agency while learning more about the energy industry and gaining exposure to the Commission’s work. Students have the opportunity to attend networking events, visits to regulated hydropower dams, seminars with career advice and tips and enjoy lunch with FERC’s top officials. Apply now for an opportunity you don’t want to miss!
This is a SUMMER 2021 internship position. To learn more about our Summer Intern Program and the activities involved, click here: FERC Summer Internships

This position is located in the Office of Administrative Litigation (OAL). As the Commission’s trial staff, OAL seeks to assist entities such as electric utilities, natural gas pipelines and petroleum products pipelines to resolve without litigation disputes regarding rates, terms and condition of service and related issues. Where such resolutions are not possible, OAL develops comprehensive evidentiary records in litigated cases to help assure just and reasonable rates, to promote competitive markets and to obtain other results consistent with the public interest. OAL seeks to settle or litigate cases in a timely, efficient, and equitable manner. The student trainee electrical engineer in this position assists in the preparation of power system engineering studies and analyses related to the interconnected operation of electric utility systems, as required in matters set for hearing and settlement judge proceedings.
At time of application, applicant must submit proof of current enrollment in a degree-seeking program. If selected, applicant must provide proof of continuing education through either the Summer or Fall 2021 semesters. To meet the definition of a student, applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program. 

These positions are temporary, they may be converted to a full time, career-conditional position. Any conversions to full time or career-conditional status is neither implied nor guaranteed.
The Major duties of a Student Trainee (Electrical Engineering) are: 
  • Assist in the analysis of critical factors such as electric power demand and energy growth, number, design and use of interconnections, fuel costs, quality and availability, investment and operating costs, and power transfer capability, and other factors of limited complexity that affect operations of electric power systems, including proposed interconnections.
  • Assist in preparation of electrical engineering reports and discovery in electric utility cases set for hearing and settlement judge procedures.
  • Attend Case Team meetings, and display interpersonal skills by interacting effectively, tactfully, and cooperatively with all team members, and routinely keeping the Case Team Leader, team members, and the Branch Chief informed concerning individual team assignments.
  • Assist in the preparation of a variety of documents, charts, graphs, and other material used for litigation and settlements in electric utility cases.