#FERCerFriday Highlights: Juan Polit
September 18, 2020
Every Friday we feature employees and interns who love to #WorkAtFERC! These highlights give perspective candidates a glimpse into a career at the Commission. Happy #FERCerFriday! Meet Juan Polit, Soil Conservationist in the Office of Energy Projects.
What is your favorite part about working for FERC?
"I enjoy playing a role in FERC's environmental oversight responsibilities in a professional work environment located in the heart of the Nation's legislative and political capitol. I'm in project management heaven, occupied with reviewing diverse collections of environmental and technical information, designing intricate intra-team schedules, engaged in public and interagency outreach and data collection efforts, and traveling during project review and construction phases to diverse locations throughout the country."
What does your day-to-day work look like?
"As a project manager, I work with subject matter team contributors to conduct congressionally mandated environmental overview of natural gas pipeline industry projects. Project managers work with subject matter team contributors to conduct analysis of proposed natural gas projects' environmental impact on the human and natural environment, generating technical reports of various complexities under guidelines of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. A typical workday consists of a complementary mix of project-specific work, project and employee specific meetings, project schedule and travel planning, team consultations, diverse technical/trade and personal development training with opportunities for out-of-office lunch breaks."
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Tips on How to Take Advantage of a Virtual Internship
September 10, 2020
The year 2020 has been unprecedented to say the least. We have been hit with a global pandemic that has put many of us in quarantine for the last several months. Although this year has been a challenge, I have seen friends and family become more innovative with their time, pick up new hobbies, and start online businesses.
If you are still in school, you may be wondering how you can still gain the valuable internship experience that you need prior to entering the workforce. Unfortunately, during this unprecedented pandemic, there has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding internship opportunities. Due to COVID-19, several organizations have either canceled their internship programs or transitioned into an entirely virtual setting. Virtual internships have now become a popular alternative for students seeking to acquire valuable experience in the workforce without leaving the comfort and safety of their home. Although virtual or remote internships are a more convenient and safe option, it may be difficult to mimic the experience you would get in a traditional environment. Here are a few tips on how to take advantage of a virtual internship.
Get a feel for the organization’s culture
Getting a feel of an organization’s culture without stepping foot in the door may not be easy. However, it is essential to know the organization’s values, the kinds of employees they hire, and their management style. Before I started my internship with FERC, I researched the organization to learn more about their culture and environment— I looked up YouTube videos, read bios on the ferc.gov website, and asked employees how they would describe the culture of the agency. I can attest to how understanding the culture can make an impact on the virtual internship experience. It can help you navigate how to take advantage of different opportunities available throughout the organization and create a network of contacts.
Make your presence known
After you get a feel for the organization's culture, take advantage of your virtual internship by making your presence known. Don’t be afraid to contribute new ideas, be innovative, and immerse yourself in the organization. Standing out, especially in a virtual environment, is important and can provide you with more opportunities. Here are some ways to achieve this:
- Introduce yourself and start interacting with your co-workers. Try setting up information sessions, ask for advice, and show genuine interest in who they are and their work.
- Show initiative by offering assistance on online tasks and contributing new ideas. Go above and beyond by recommending more efficient methods for the organization or reaching out to your supervisor to suggest valuable projects you can work on.
- Get involved by joining any clubs or employee resource groups the organization may have.
- Take advantage of all the training and professional development workshops available.
Networking is one of the most significant opportunities an internship program can provide. Unlike traditional in-person internships, remote internships do not offer as many networking opportunities. Participate in the networking activities available such as virtual happy hours and workshops. Create your own networking opportunities by planning intern socials utilizing platforms such as Zoom, Skype, WebEx and Slack. Lastly, establish a mentor/mentee relationship with a seasoned employee who can give you advice and provide you with opportunities to connect with the right people.
While we are still navigating the uncertain times of COVID-19, remember to utilize your time management skills and lean on the support of your leadership team—it will help you make the most of your virtual experience.
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#FERCerFriday Highlights: Davis LaBarre
August 21, 2020
Every Friday we feature employees and interns who love to #WorkAtFERC! These highlights give perspective candidates a glimpse into a career at the Commission.
Happy #FERCerFriday! Meet Davis LaBarre, Legal Volunteer in the Office of Administrative Litigation (OAL) and J.D. Candidate at Wake Forest University School of Law.
Tell us about the project you are currently working on.
"At OAL we work with both hearing and settlement judges. I have attended many settlement conferences, hearings, and pre-hearings throughout the summer. I also have written memorandums on legal issues pertaining to different energy issues. My law school has done a great job preparing me for the legal writing I have done thus far at FERC. My first impression of FERC was that the employees care. Everyone that I have talked with seems to care about not only the work they do, but the people they work with. It is a very friendly community."
Would you recommend this internship program to a friend?
"Yes! I would recommend this internship program to a friend because it is has been influential in my short career. FERC employees have been great teachers and lead you down the right path when you are lost. Overall, the experience has been great, albeit online, so I cannot imagine how influential it would be in person."
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Welcome to the FERC Careers Blog!
August 6, 2020
Welcome to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s first-ever Careers Blog! We, the recruitment team, hope to start a dialogue with the you and serve as a resource for applicants interested in employment opportunities with FERC.
We will use this space to provide interested applicants with insight on the exciting, challenging and engaging work we do at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC regulates and oversees aspects of the energy industry and the economic, environmental and safety interests of the American public. Our talented employees work to solve the challenges of managing today’s energy markets and set policy direction for the energy industry at large. Our team is made up of more than 1,450 diverse professionals who work at our headquarters in Washington D.C. and at our regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Portland and San Francisco. To learn more about FERC industry news, visit our Media resources here.
We will take you behind the scenes at FERC and bring you closer to the people of the Commission. On this blog, you will find valuable content featuring information directly from employees and interns about what it is like to #WorkAtFERC, advice on applying to FERC jobs and professional development tips. We also plan to share resources that are helpful to jobseekers on navigating the federal hiring process. Occasionally, we will feature first-hand perspectives from employees through our #FERCerFriday series and other employee spotlights.
Here at FERC, communication is essential to us and we want to encourage all our readers to engage with our blog. If you have questions or concerns, we want to hear them! To comment specifically on our blog posts, email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: Careers Blog Response.
We hope you will enjoy and find this space beneficial. Please let us know if there is a specific topic you would like us to explore. And don’t forget to engage with us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you!