High School Grad Starts as Intern, Ends Summer as Full-Time Employee

Giving youth a head start on their career paths

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Education Workforce Development

BGE powers our region’s economic health by increasing equity, empowerment and employment opportunities throughout central Maryland. What does this mean? BGE creates careers – both within our company and in our industry. Our programs equip work-ready individuals with valuable skills and prepare the next generation of our prospective workforce for careers in STEM. This means that current job seekers and youth like Ajaughn Vidal (featured in the video below) are prepared to pursue a family-supporting career.

Cover photo and video by Dylan Slagle

This summer, BGE hosted over 150 students in these programs – from middle schoolers through college students – young people fueling their career aspirations.

The BGE High School Internship program hosted 45 students for a six-week paid experience that provides work-based learning opportunities for students pursing a technical trade. The internship consists of intensive professional development and teambuilding activities,  job readiness activities (e.g., industry test prep and driver’s education), and a work-based learning experience alongside BGE field operations. Since the program’s inception, BGE has converted 34 high school interns into full-time employees.

Workforce development is one way we are deepening our investment in our communities so that we can continue to drive the economic health of our region.  Shortly after he completed his internship, Ajaughn was offered a position as a Protection Equipment Coordinator at BGE, where he was officially welcomed to the BGE family as a full-time employee!