A 2019 graduate and a senior biology major are both taking their educational experiences beyond the classroom after accepting summer internships in partnership with the United States Department of Energy.
Whitney Wright, a recent graduate of Morris College, is one of nearly 50 students accepted into the Savannah River Remediation internship program.
With her undergraduate degree in biology, Wright will continue to expand her knowledge of the nuclear industry by examining the liquid waste mission to treat disposition legacy radioactive waste and close waste tanks safely.
While Wright analyzes the liquid waste mission at the Savannah River Site, Brooklynn West will begin her research of the water quality in the Savannah area. As one of the 16 students selected, West will examine the domestic and wastewater in the area.
The Mentorship for Environmental schools program (MES) assisted both women in obtaining these scholarly opportunities. The MES program is a collaborative effort between Pre-College University and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to increase minority awareness and participation in the environmental science disciplines. Read more about the Savannah River Remediation program below.
College students are gaining professional experience in the nuclear industry this summer through Savannah River Remediation’s internship program.
Forty-seven interns are not only learning about the potential field they want to work in but are also participating in furthering SRR’s liquid waste mission to safely treat and disposition legacy radioactive waste and close waste tanks. In fields ranging from engineering to communications, the interns are exploring how each discipline collaborates and contributes in different ways to reach the site’s main goal.
SRR’s internship program trains the future workforce by giving students valuable exposure in the workplace that they can carry into their future careers.
The interns come from all over the country and hail from numerous colleges: Florida State University, Augusta University, Clemson University, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina in Columbia and Aiken, Fordham University, Texas A&M University, Auburn University, Christian Brother University, Murray State University, Georgia Southern University, West Virginia University, Maryland University, College of Charleston, the Citadel, Georgia Tech University, Vanderbilt University, University of Florida, Texas Tech University, Alcorn State University, Alabama A&M University, Dillard University, Savannah State University, Morris College, LeTourneau University and Kennesaw State University.
According to Cameron Anderson, SRR summer internship coordinator, the internship program is equally advantageous for students and the company.
“The internship program offers recruitment opportunities and fresh insight for the company from the interns,” Anderson said. “I look forward to providing the students with a unique experience of learning, professional development and productivity through developing career competencies in the workplace.”
Mission Excellence intern Eric Crenshaw, an aerospace engineering major at Auburn University, believes that his summer at SRR will give him valuable knowledge and experience as he goes down his career path.
“I’m excited to be a part of the SRR team and to learn how to improve efficiency here,” Crenshaw said. “I’ll be able to apply that knowledge to every workplace in my career.”
SRR is a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, Jacobs and BWX Technologies Inc. Critical subcontractors for the contract are Orano, Atkins and AECOM N&E Technical Solutions.