Public Utilities Specialist / Operations Research Analyst Internship – Bonneville Power Administration


The Bonneville Power Administration is looking for up to five highly qualified students to work in our Power Services organization located at our Headquarters building in Portland, OR.

The Bonneville Power Administration has been powering people and careers for nearly 75 years. We are a non-profit federal agency that provides clean, emissions-free hydroelectricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintains a high voltage transmission system to deliver that electricity.

The Power Services Intern Program (Program) is an intensive development program comprised of both job rotations, on the job experience and classroom-style training that should prepare you for a long-term career in Power Services.  When hired into this Program, you will receive these opportunities:

  • Exposure to a wide range of BPA and industry functions and issues through formal and informal trainings
  • Rotational assignments through different organizations within Power Services to provide specific on the job training
  • Tailored developmental plan
  • Program lasts approximately 12 months

Salary:  $12.59-$19.59/hour

Who Should Apply?

Students pursuing a degree in fields such as:  Engineering, mathematics, physical science, environmental science, economics, econometrics, statistics, or business administration.  Graduate students and undergraduates (who are currently in at least the 2nd year of studies).

Work Schedule/Environment:

Full time during the summer or part time during school year/full time summer. Office environment.

Program Details:

You will be working within the Power Services organization in one of the following positions:

  • Public Utilities Specialist
  • Operations Research Analyst

While in this Program, you will complete at least two rotations through two different Power Services organizations.  These organizations include but are not limited to Power Policy & Rates, Generation Asset Management, Northwest Requirements Marketing, Bulk Marketing and Energy Efficiency.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Students with demonstrated academic excellence and proficiency in a variety of computer applications, specifically the suite of Microsoft Office tools.  Experience with Matlab or S+ a plus.
  • Students with excellent communication and team effectiveness skills.
  • Students that have an interest in serving the Pacific Northwest and approach their work with drive, passion and curiosity.

BPA has excellent programs for students who want paid temporary work during the school year and/or cooperative education opportunities that also plug you into real world experience.  To read more about our student programs, go to http://www.jobs.bpa.gov/ and click on Students!

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