I am a rising senior at Norfolk State University (NSU) in Norfolk, Va., majoring in Building Construction Technology with a minor in Architectural Drafting. I am a Peninsula native to the core, and I enjoy living in such an historical and sports-driven area. A short-term goal of mine is to graduate from college in the Spring of 2011 with at least a 3.0 GPA; a long-term goal is to continue my education and get my MBA while working in my field. My career aspiration is to obtain a career with a well-respected company that challenges me to grow each and every day.
This summer, I’ve had the great opportunity to intern with Dominion in the Chesapeake Customer Solutions Department as a Customer Project Designer. I’ve coordinated with internal and external customers for the design and installation of electric distribution facilities. I’ve worked on various projects such as new underground services for commercial and residential customers, new street light installation jobs, and overhead to underground conversions, which have all added to the value of Dominion.
Normally when I get a new design job in, I immediately contact the customer to gain the scope of work to be completed. Once I’ve gained an understanding with the customer, I then go out to the job site to take field notes. These field notes supply me with essential details needed to ensure that the customer will maintain efficiency and adequate service. Upon my return to the office, I begin to design a work sketch for the construction crew to utilize out in the field. When designing my sketch, I want the construction crew to have the proper job description with the most accurate details as possible to carry out the job safely.
Prior to accepting the internship with Dominion Virginia Power, I lacked experience in the corporate world. I’ve always known how to conduct myself in a professional manner, however, a company with Dominion’s caliber can elevate a student’s potential beyond belief. Dominion has truly been helpful with starting my transition from the classroom into an office space. From my start date with Dominion it has been an ongoing learning experience and every opportunity has presented another great opportunity— from Six Sigma Blue Belt Training to the various site tours. After every intern event, I felt like I gained a great amount of knowledge which my fellow Dominion employees were eager to share. Words can’t gauge the amount of knowledge gained in one summer as an intern with Dominion Virginia Power, nor can they describe the satisfaction gained from knowing that you helped keep the lights on.