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Southern Company

Test Engineer

June - August 2020 • Marietta, GA

What I liked

I loved the hands-on field experience, working with friendly, knowledgeable professionals, and gaining practical skills to apply when I graduate school.

What I wish was different

Due to COVID safety restrictions, I wasn't able to see as much variety of job sites as I had hoped to see. Still learned a lot and would highly recommend!

Advice

Go all in with your internship! I encourage you to ask all the questions you can - even if you think it's dumb or unimportant. The engineers I worked with loved answering my questions and sharing all the experience they could with me. Seeing my questioning attitude prompted them to bring me in on other projects and help expand my horizon.
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Shared Services Support Intern

May - December 2020 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

It was unique to be able to work with not just one team but several teams during my rotation. I got a good experience communicating with people in management positions which can be challenging sometimes. Be ready because this department will keep you on your toes in a good way! Overall, 4 pieces of success are: attention to detail, excellent communication, intellectual curiosity, and knowing your deadliness.
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Corporate Tax Intern

June - August 2019 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

People were great, it was a pleasure to learn from so many awesome people!

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Be attentive to detail and always ask for more work.
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HR Total Rewards Intern

June 2019 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

I loved getting to learn about each group within Human Resources. I was included in multiple projects, and my work was shown to the SVP on HR! The Intern Program at Southern Company also seeks to provide networking opportunities among interns and employees within the company. We were able to see so many different parts of the business, from administrative to operational to communications.

What I wish was different

Nothing-- it seriously is the BEST internship/job experience I have ever had.

Advice

Be confident in yourself and your work-- put in your very best and stand by what you do. This displays so much about your character and work ethic.
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Accounting Intern

January 2019 • Birmingham, AL

What I liked

I like that everyone at SoCo treats interns the same as full time employees. There is never a time that someone is annoyed at teaching you how to do something. The managers love giving you the opportunity to learn and shadow in different departments if you're interested as well. Southern Company's ethics and morals are ones to get behind and it makes you feel good to work for a company who cares so much about the growth and development of its employees as well as the company itself.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

When you start your internship/job, be open to do anything and everything. You gain so much knowledge and experience by making yourself a part of the growth of the department/company. Also, don't be afraid to befriend some of the people you are shadowing and learning under. They are your biggest advocates and will help you along the way as much as they can.
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Risk Informed Engineering

May 2015 - August 2017 • Birmingham, AL

What I liked

The work I was given was substantial and I really felt like I made a difference. I was never told to just do busy work and my co-workers valued my work and my input. I learned a lot in my department.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more work to do the first few weeks.

Advice

Remember to work hard and always ask questions. Internships are a great way to gain more industry knowledge and network.
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Supply Chain Intern

May - August 2018 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

Experienced Several different areas of the the SCM team at Southern Company Worked alongside industry professionals to help improve processes and procedures Networked with other students across the company working in other areas of the business

What I wish was different

A more balanced workload. Sometimes I was slammed with work, other times I was walking around the office trying to find work.

Advice

Be proactive and work hard.
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Supply Chain Intern

May - July 2018 • Calera, AL

What I liked

What I wish was different

More interaction in teams

Advice

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Civil Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Birmingham, AL

What I liked

I loved the ethics and morals they follow. I love the amount of trust and reliability that they showed me and the amount of respect every single employee I came across throughout my whole duration there displayed towards me. The innovation that the company possesses is very, very attractive to me and what stands out the most. A huge thing was being able to see how the things I have learned while in school studying engineering translated over into the actual job field.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had a longer time there. I did not want to leave. I felt like I was just now getting the hang of everything and experiencing more and more and adding to my experience every single day and also the relationships that I had developed while I was there was another huge thing that I did not want to end. All in all, a wonderful and gratifying experience. I'm humbled to of had this opportunity, even if I am not offered to come back.

Advice

One piece of advice I would share about this experience is not to ever go into anything with a closed mind. Go into everything you do, whether it be a job, internship, a game, etc with an open mind and always keep your eyes open for different things that could help you in your process of becoming what you are wanting to be in life but also keep an eye out for the things that you need to distant yourself from that could possibly hurt you or delay you in the process of becoming what you are wanting to be.
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Power Distribution Engineering Co-Op

May - August 2018 • Columbus, GA

What I liked

Very hands on experience. They had me working out in the field on day one and allowed me to work on my own pretty quickly after getting there. I also got to assist in storm restoration and that was a great learning experience.

What I wish was different

Wish it had been closer in location.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and go out of your comfort zone.
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Marketing Internship

September - December 2017 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

How people treat interns on the same level as a full time employee

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Make sure you don't have a full low because it's consistent work so you need to bring your A game
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Intern

May - August 2018 • Birmingham, AL

What I liked

The people there were great, I enjoyed working on a team in software development. It was nice to have a flexible work schedule and going on field trips to the different plants was interesting. The company really does invest in you as a person as well as professionally. Your supervisor will likely keep in touch with you after the program is complete in order to update you on opportunities within the company.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to have seen the non-IT roles in the company in order to understand the business processes on a higher level.

Advice

Be confident and ask questions if needed. Network with other interns as well as full time employees. If you don't have work, find someone and get something to do, even if it is outside of your comfort zone. I learned the most by being pushed outside of my comfort zone, and I had a great experience.
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