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Date                   May 25, 2017
For Release       Upon Receipt 
Contacts            Ashlee Yingling

Duquesne Light Company Challenges the Next Generation Workforce

Summer Internship Program Powers a Bright Future for Students

PITTSBURGH – Unleashing the power of the electric grid, enhancing cyber security, and developing relationships with elected officials is not how the average college student spends their summer, but it is exactly what students are doing at Duquesne Light Company. After receiving more than 1,500 applications, Duquesne Light Company welcomes 34 interns from 18 schools and universities to work in different departments across the company this summer.

Since the internship program’s launch in 2015, there has been a four-fold increase in applications. Nine of this year’s interns are returning for their second internship with the company, which has hired 10 of its previous interns to full-time positions in the past two years.

“One of our critical goals remains attracting the next generation of top talent to Duquesne Light,” said Todd Faulk, Vice President, Human Resources.  “With our formal internship program continuing to expand and becoming increasingly competitive, we are generating interest from a high caliber of young talent.  This in turn better positions us to address future growth and hiring needs.”

The interns will work throughout many departments of the company representing their respective fields of study. From electrical engineering and operations to information technology and human resources, there are intern positions available to fit the wide variety of skills and backgrounds of the students.

The goal of the program is to provide students with hands-on experience through meaningful and engaging assignments, as well as exposure to career paths and leadership opportunities within the company.

About Duquesne Light Company
Duquesne Light Company is committed to more than keeping the lights on; it powers the moments in its customers’ lives. As a next generation energy company, Duquesne Light Company’s nearly 1,500 employees are dedicated to delivering reliable and safe energy to more than a half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.