If you’re looking to get your foot in the door at a Fortune 500 company, we offer a variety of internships in different fields. For those who are graduating, we also have entry level positions in a wide range of skills and interests.
Our participation in the Itasca Project is an integral part of our commitment to youth in the Twin Cities community. Our actions towards this commitment include a partnership with the STEP-UP Achieve and Right Track programs in the Twin Cities to encourage high school students to pursue careers in the energy industry upon graduation. In Colorado, our partnership with Denver Public Schools through various CareerConnect programs, like CareerLaunch internships and CareerCoach mentorship, provide local students with experience working in the energy industry. Outside of Denver and in our Texas and Wisconsin regions, we have partnerships with various schools in order to host their students as interns in our offices, plants, and service centers.
Most of our college-level internships are full-time summer positions, but we also offer some part-time year-round co-op internships that can be set up to accommodate your class schedule. All internships are paid and include some level of benefits, such as a 401(k) and paid time off, and many of them can result in full-time jobs down the road, based on performance. We do require that our interns be enrolled in a full-time bachelor or master’s program and be actively taking classes. If your school requires that internships earn academic credit, we can work with them to facilitate that.
Meet Alex, Electrical Engineering student at the University of Minnesota and Distribution Planning intern at Xcel Energy. When he’s not working or at school, Alex is a big basketball fan and once coached a high school intermural basketball team to their championship! Last summer Alex and two fellow interns mapped out all of the solar farms in Minnesota and their data now lives on XcelEnergy.com. He says interning at Xcel Energy has prepared him for his future career by giving him the technical background needed to work in the power industry. Alex’s advice to future interns? “With all the connections you make and experience you earn, it’s so worthwhile to start your professional career at Xcel Energy. Learn as much as possible. Your team is there to make sure you succeed, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.”
When Francisco chose to use his Electrical Engineering skills learned at the University of Minnesota for an Engineering intern role at Xcel Energy he knew this was the career for him. He wants to work in the power industry after graduation, and is grateful for the real-world experience he’s gained in this role. Most memorable are his experiences working in the field, and visiting our many substations. Francisco is most proud of his work managing data sets for yearly review. Francisco’s advice to future interns? “It’s really exciting to join Xcel Energy because of the renewable energy they’re implementing now. Get into the energy field, ask a lot of questions, and try to get the best experience possible.”
Meet Mahsa, University of Minnesota Computer Science student and IT Business Intelligence intern at Xcel Energy. When Mahsa was first looking for an internship she needed a company that would be flexible to balance work and school, and her role here did just that. She initially worried that making connections could be hard in a big company like Xcel Energy, but Mahsa was encouraged to setup ‘interviews’ with employees on different teams and in different roles , helping her gain insight into many careers. Mahsa strongly supports Xcel Energy’s stance on diversity and inclusion because working with people of different backgrounds and seeing how equally involved women are in our IT department helped her gain more confidence in the tech world. Mahsa’s advice to future interns? “Make sure you learn about the culture of the organization. Look at what a typical day is like for an employee. It’s important to understand what type of work environment fits you best and what will help you to be successful.”
When Morad decided to use his Electrical Engineering skills earned at University of Colorado Denver for an internship on our Advanced Grid and Intelligence Security team, he had no idea just how life changing that choice would be. He’d always dreamed of getting his Master’s in Electrical Engineering and working at Xcel Energy gave Morad the motivation to pursue this goal, specializing in the Power System. He’s now midway through his Master’s program! One accomplishment he’s most proud of from his internship is being in charge of a smart grid application (IVVO) that uses power flow studies to determine how many devices we need to deploy on our feeders. Morad’s advice to future interns? “Take advantage of every learning opportunity that Xcel Energy offers – tours of generation plants and substations, presentations, etc. Learn and educate yourself to gain experience that will help you down the road.”
Meet Nimesh, Electrical Engineering student at the Colorado School of Mines and Xcel Energy Business Systems – IT Service Delivery intern. When Nimesh was first considering internships it really appealed to him that ours were 18 months long rather than just a few, so he can actually apply the knowledge he’s learning. Initially overwhelmed by how much there was to learn, Nimesh soon discovered that even the experts (his co-workers) were constantly learning. He found he could work with different teams in his area and wasn’t limited to knowing just one job. (Also, going into the transmission dispatch room for the first time and seeing the huge power grid wall was really cool.) Nimesh’s advice for future interns? “If you find yourself with nothing to do, then you haven’t looked hard enough. Get up and ask around to see if you can watch what someone is working on. You’ll usually find that it’s something you knew nothing about, and can learn from. Your internship isn’t going to last forever, so take this opportunity to soak it all in.”
Entry level positions with us provide you with a unique opportunity to learn more about the rest of our business and build a network that will help you move into other areas if desired.
Here are of some of the entry-level opportunities that are often available here:
Customer Care: As a Customer Care representative, you are the voice of the company. We are looking for “people people” who are reliable, professional, and courteous. Some employees choose to make a career in Customer Care, and others move on to a wide variety of positions throughout the company.
Apprenticeships: These are structured, multiyear training programs that combine rigorous classroom and on-the-job training. If you like working outside of an office and enjoy a challenge, a skilled labor apprenticeship with us could be the opportunity for you.
Plant Specialists: If you are reliable, have mechanical ability, and like working with big equipment, this could a good position for you.
Other Opportunities: You may also find entry level positions in engineering, information technology, corporate, environmental, and technical.
For many positions, we will ask applicants to take a pre-hire behavioral assessment. For select technical positions, we will also ask applicants to take an employment test developed by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). If you apply to a job that requires either of these assessments, your application will be reviewed by a recruiter. If selected, you’ll receive an email invitation with instructions on how to proceed.
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