Two Organizations Join Forces to Increase Diversity Inclusion in the Utility Industry

.This Wednesday the National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC) and PJM Interconnection announced a joint internship and fellowship program to identify, recruit and place qualified students and advanced degree earners drawn from communities of diversity.

The purpose of the diversity internship and fellowship program is to increase the number of African-American, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, women, service disabled war veterans and others in under-represented communities of diversity in the utility industry. The first placements are expected to take place this fall.

Qualified individuals will be placed in PJM departments based on their skill sets and course background. The experience is expected to enhance their employability in the electric power industry.

In this program, selected individuals will be placed in support roles to gain insight into the culture and develop mentor relationships to advise and guide their advancement in the utility industry as a whole.

This new initiative heralds a series of partnerships now in the planning stage by NUDC throughout the United States.

NUDC Board Co-Chair Harold Williams, a member of the Maryland Public Service Commission said:

“The program reflects the Council’s vision to be the leading source promoting the utilization of diversity best practices in the utility industry and among its stakeholders. We are proud PJM has taken a leadership role in this new Council initiative,” said Harold Williams, Board Co-Chair of NUDC and a member of the Maryland Public Service Commission.

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