High School Seniors.
Launch your career with Coastal Electric Cooperative this summer

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 Coastal Electric Cooperative announces its summer Work Study Program to introduce rising high school seniors to career opportunities in the electric cooperative industry. The program encourages area youth to consider a career in electric energy distribution, thereby ensuring a qualified workforce for our cooperative’s future needs.

Application deadline is April 23rd for our 2018 program.

(From left) Noah Waters, Charlize Lenzy, Nick Bolton and Terrance Lee were each awarded $500 scholarships upon completion of their 2017 work-study program by Human Resources Manager Daphanie Harris.

(From left) Noah Waters, Charlize Lenzy, Nick Bolton and Terrance Lee were each awarded $500 scholarships upon completion of their 2017 work-study program by Human Resources Manager Daphanie Harris.

Program Outline

The program is designed to offer participants an opportunity to learn about:

  • Electric line design and construction
  • Operations Center and Engineering Services
  • Customer Service
  • Accounting
  • Human Resources and Safety
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing and Communications

Work-study assignments cover a wide range of tasks including:

  • Assisting staking technicians
  • Observing line construction crews
  • Assisting with accounting duties
  • Assisting with processing and distributing mail
  • Data management, filing, and scanning documents
  • Inventorying equipment
  • Monitoring social media sites
  • Assisting with development of communications programs
  • Configuring computers for integration into a network

There are opportunities to learn about specialized software such as Geographic Information System (GIS), AutoCAD, and Customer Information Systems (CIS).

Students will be paid $9.00 per hour and may work up to 40 hours per week. Any hours worked over 40 will be paid at time-and-a-half ($13.50 per hour). Work schedules will vary depending on the department in which the student is placed. The work study program is for eight weeks (June through July).

If there is a business need, students may also work during their school holiday breaks as long as they are able to maintain the program-required grade point average.

Students will work in temporary positions and will not work more than 1,000 hours per year.

Except as required by law, students will not be eligible to receive company issued benefit plans.

Students will be provided work shirts with a custom work study logo and all required personal protective equipment, if applicable. Students working in field positions will need to provide their own 100% cotton jeans, belt and suitable work boots.

Upon completion of acceptable performance, students will be awarded a $500 scholarship to be used at a college or technical school program of their choice. All students will be required to present to the management team of Coastal an overview on areas learned or things worked on during the work study program. Human Resources will assist each student in creating their presentation.


  • Students must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Students must have completed the 11th grade and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
  • Students must operate all equipment in a safe and professional manner.
  • Students are responsible for keeping their work area neat and orderly and for properly storing materials and tools.
  • Students must perform other job-related duties as requested by management.

Application Process

To apply, students must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application.
  • A one-page cover letter briefly describing your interest in the related field or department you are interested in working.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a school counselor verifying GPA. One from a teacher, principal, counselor or employer.

Program admission is based on a completed application and a successful interview. Submit an application and supporting documents no later than April 23, 2018.

Interviews for students being considered for the work study program will be conducted at Coastal Electric Cooperative in mid-May. If selected for an interview, students will be notified in advance.  For more information about this program, students may email Human Resources  at recruiting@coastalelectric.coop.

Coastal Electric Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Drug Free Workplace Employer.