Not Listed as a Participating University?

IEEE PES keeps a list of schools in the United States and Canada that have power and energy engineering programs. If an academic institution offers courses in power and energy engineering and is not listed here, a listing can be secured by completing the PEEC Survey. It's not necessary for an institution to be listed in order for the student to be eligible for a PES scholarship. The student may apply as long as the college or university has substantial courses in power and energy engineering; however, the application may take longer to process.

How to get started on your Power & Energy Career

promo scholarship smDo you have what it takes to qualify for the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative? If so, you can receive up to three years of financial support (total of US$7,000) and gain career experience through internships and co-op work. The award process is competitive, but as long as you continue to meet the requirements, you'll receive US$2,000 the first year, US$2,000 the second year, and US$3,000 the third year¹, and the funds will be paid directly to your school and applied to your student account. Qualifying students can apply as early as their freshman year. You may already be in an electrical engineering program, or just considering one. Find out if you qualify!

Career experience opportunities will be made available to PES Scholars through leading industry companies via PES-Careers. You don't have to find your internship, work-study, or co-op through PES Careers, but you will be required to have one significant career experience each year in order to renew your scholarship.

The annual application period is 1 March to 30 June.

¹ You'll have to reapply each June for the following academic year, but the funds are set aside, and as long as you continue to be eligible, you'll continue to receive funds.

Mentors for PES Scholars

In support of the Scholarship Plus Initiative, PES has formed Mentors for PES Scholars. This group is supported by PES Members who are willing to provide one-on-one interaction with university students interested in power and energy engineering. In this role you will:

  • Provide on-going mentoring for PES Student members, including PES Scholars
  • Get students excited about the interesting and rewarding field of power and energy engineering
  • Answer student questions about career experience opportunities
  • Advise students on obtaining career experiences like internships, co-ops, or research positions
  • Assist students in planning their job search strategy
  • Serve as a face and voice of the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative and IEEE PES

PES Scholars can find a list of PES Mentors via their PES Careers account.  As of September 2016, 31 individuals have signed up to serve as a PES mentor.

Tips for Mentoring

If you are interested in serving as a PES Mentor, please contact Dan Toland (d.toland@ieee.org).

Tips for PES Mentors

Most of us have had a mentor throughout our academic and professional lives. A mentor can be a manager, co-worker, spouse, or even just a friend. A mentor provides a supportive voice and a ready ear for listening. So what is expected of PES Mentors for Students?

Here are some things to consider when mentoring young engineers in the power engineering profession:

Career experience helps students learn about the industry

An internship is an excellent way for students to test-drive a company. They get a sense of workplace dynamics, a typical day in the life of an engineer, and what real-world challenges await them. Internships are also a low-risk way for a company to learn more about prospective job candidates.

You can help students get career experiences

Most companies have websites devoted to internship experiences and staff available to talk about opportunities. Quite often the best way to secure an internship is to talk with an engineer who can have the human resources department at their company specifically look at a resume. Many professors know engineers working in companies throughout the world. Professors can be a great resource for young students looking for internships. While the professors might not have direct input to the human resources office, they can often steer the student to specific employees within a company who are willing to help match young students with internship opportunities.

Students benefit from mentors' guidance

If a mentor has connections at a certain company, they may be able to help a student get their foot in the door. Mentors typically know many people at different organizations and have many years of professional experience. Invite the student to IEEE/PES meetings to meet working engineers. Talking and networking with others in the field are valuable mechanisms for learning about internship and job opportunities, and gaining insight into career strategies for the future.

Conversations with mentors help guide students in the field

Conversations should be sharing dialogues with students to help explore their interests and career options. Typical questions can include talking about their life and hobbies, where they see themselves in the industry, how much they know about power engineering and some of their proud accomplishments.

A well-written resume is very important

As a mentor, you can guide students on how to effectively present themselves to companies. Help them to feel more comfortable and confident about seeking positions in the industry through internships and jobs. A great resume and cover letter will/can open even more opportunities when applying to positions in the future.

Some advice for students when seeking a career experience

Tell the students to seek a "rotation" assignment if possible

Rotation assignments allow an intern, co-op or new graduate to change positions within a company every 6 to 9 months. Many larger companies offer this option. These programs generally allow students to select the assignment that they liked best at the end of their rotations.

Share your own story

Tell the student how you got into power and energy engineering and what motivated you to do so. Find out their passions and help them discover their own motivation. These conversations should be of sharing and partnering as the most effective relationships are collaborative in nature. It is important to make sure that as a mentor, you coach the student to make their own decisions instead of giving them exact directions. This way, they will be accountable for their own decisions and accomplishments.

Help the future of Power & Energy Engineering by signing up to be a Mentor for PES Scholars.

As you complete this form, you can indicate your preference as to how many times you will like to be contacted by students each month. This number can be changed at any time by logging in and editing your preferences. It is also suggested that you consider creating a separate email address just for mentoring. The students can contact you via email after reviewing the biographical information you enter when signing up. After you receive an email request to be a mentor, you can accept or refuse it via a response email. You can set up your own ground rules for ongoing contacts with students who you agree to mentor such as how many communications per month, topics of the communications, method of communications (phone vs. email), and when the mentoring will end for that student.

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Career experiences such as internships and cooperatives can make a significant difference in successfully attracting students to power and energy engineering careers. Your company can support the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative by providing meaningful career experience opportunities to our PES Scholars.

We ask that your company make an internal pledge to:

  • communicate career experience opportunities to scholarship awardees using PES-Careers
  • consider scholarship awardees for career experience positions
  • make career experiences meaningful for the scholarship awardees we employ

Search for a PES Scholar for your Position

You can find all PES Scholars on the free PES-Careers web site. You can use the site to post positions and search for other candidates.

Have you already hired a PES Scholar? 

Tell us about it and your company could be featured on our marketing communication.

Want to do more?

In addition to adding career experience opportunities, your company can encourage more undergraduate students to pursue power and energy engineering careers by:

  • Urging your company's engineers to serve as mentors
  • Offering to sponsor capstone projects for seniors
  • Making presentations at universities about power engineering career opportunities
  • Facilitating field trip opportunities to your company
  • Participating in career fairs for students
  • Visiting faculty and department chairs to discuss collaborating in student education, addressing workforce needs, and increasing student interest in power engineering