The Brownsville Public Utilities Board Student Intern Program provides college students with a unique and meaningful learning opportunity to explore careers in the utility industry. Under the guidance of a supervisor/mentor, student interns work on assigned career-related utility projects designed to enhance or complement their education and career objective.
Our Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to:
- Gain experience while working with a diverse group of professionals in fields including electric/water/wastewater utility management, business, engineering and environmental science.
- Obtain higher quality jobs, gain valuable experience and achieve greater success in their future career paths.
- Practice the application of skills and concepts learned in the classroom (theory practice).
Internship opportunities are offered during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Interns may receive academic credit if an agreement is made between BPUB and the intern’s academic sponsor.
Types of Internships
We offer the following internship opportunities:
Interns participating in a non-paid (volunteer) intern program must meet the co-op class requirement through a school, with an instructor acting as the liaison for the student. Class credit is typically administered at the end of the term of service. College students who act on their own behalf to seek an internship opportunity, independent of a school program, may also participate in an unpaid internship. The length for a term of service may be between 12 to 24 weeks. Students may work 16 to 25 hours a week during BPUB regular business hours.
Paid Summer College Interns
Students participating in a paid summer college intern program are considered temporary employees for the term of service. The length for a term of service may be between eight to 10 weeks from June through August. Interns work a 40-hour schedule during BPUB regular business hours.
Internship opportunities are available in most areas of the company. Some departments that have hired interns include:
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Services
- Fleet Management
- Health & Safety
- Human Resources
- Organizational Development
- Resaca Maintenance
- Water & Wastewater Engineering
- Water & Wastewater Operations & Construction
- Communications and Public Relations
The student’s current field of study will be considered for placement.
Interested applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and be in good academic standing. A valid driver license and a safe driving record as measured by company policy are required.
How to Apply
If you share our values, and have the skills, ability and ambition it takes to succeed at BPUB, then we would like to hear from you.
For Non-Paid Interns/Volunteers
Submit the application below with your resume and transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (956) 983-6191.
For Paid Summer College Interns
View our paid internship opportunities on our careers section early in the spring semester. Submit an employment application, cover letter, resume and transcript. Please specify area of interest in the application. The application may be completed online, emailed to email@example.com, faxed to (956) 983-6191or delivered to the BPUB Administration Building on 1425 Robinhood Drive.
Why Intern at BPUB?
We encourage you to get a head start on your career by interning with a leading community-owned utility. Our intern program is known for providing valuable experience to college students. Every year, we expand our recruitment efforts to spread the news of our internship opportunities, and this is reflected in the increasing number of applications that we receive per semester. So we encourage you to apply as soon as our positions are posted on our careers section early in the spring semester.
As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work alongside passionate and experienced professionals in your field of study. In the last five years, we’ve placed more than 60 interns in different departments. Although a job offer can’t be guaranteed after completing an internship, the experience will enhance your consideration for full-time employment or future placement with BPUB.
In the last five years, we have placed interns into full-time positions in the following departments:
- Communications & Public Relations
- Electric Engineering
- Fleet Management
- Fuel & Energy/SCADA
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
There is a lot to learn at BPUB, and our employees are eager to share their knowledge and experience with students through our Intern Program.
Talent Acquisition and Staffing Manager
Joe E. Paredes
Human Resources Specialist