Job Overview


If you are looking to energize your career, Southwestern Power Administration is the place to do it. 

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy, we offer challenging and rewarding opportunities in the hydro-electric industry.  Our mission is to provide low-cost, renewable electric power to cooperatives and municipalities in our six-state region. Charge up your options and join our team!

Southwestern Power Administration is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals to join our Pathways Internship Program.  The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited/qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis.  (Applicants who do not meet the definition of "student" will not be considered.)  At the successful conclusion of this program you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

The Pathways Internship Program replaces STEP/SCEP.

Cumulative GPA of 2.5 - must maintain at least 2.5 GPA throughout the entire internship appointment.


This position is for a student trainee (Industrial Engineering) who receives assignments directly related to his/her field of study.

The major duties of this developmental position include: 

  • Accomplish developmental assignments utilizing basic techniques, procedures and methods;
  • Understand and complete limited engineering projects;
  • Carry out, interpret, and explain basic computations and calculations; and
  • Read, understand, manipulate, analyze, interpret and convey findings.