High school juniors,
launch your career with Coastal Electric Cooperative this summer!

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The Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow program at Coastal Electric Cooperative introduces rising high school seniors to career opportunities in the electric cooperative industry. This summer work study program is a valuable opportunity for students seeking on-the-job training to sharpen their existing skill set while earning a salary.

See below for more details. The application deadline for our 2019 program is May 3rd.

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(From left) Trent Lyda, Eli Legg, Beth Belfield, Jerryan Richard and Jake Boram completed our 2018 Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow work study program. A $500 scholarship is offered to students who successfully complete the program upon verification of acceptance at a college or technical school program of their choice.

Program Outline

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

  • Engineering and Operations
  • 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

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 will start on June 3 and will end on Aug. 1, 2019.

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

Students will be provided work shirts/vests 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.

All students will be required to present the management team a final project covering the activities in which they were involved during the work study program. Human Resources will work with each student to create and finalize his or her final presentation. Students will also be engaged in a community project this summer.

Upon successful completion of the program and verification of acceptance at a college or technical school program of his or her choice, each student will be awarded a $500 scholarship in 2020. Each student will be responsible to reach out to Human Resources and request payment upon receiving the acceptance letter.


  • 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 storing materials and tools properly in his or her workspace.
  • 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 resume.
  • A one-page cover letter briefly describing the student’s interest in the program and why he or she should be selected.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a school counselor verifying that the student has obtained a 2.5 GPA or higher. The second letter can be from a teacher, principal or employer.

Program admission is based on a completed application and a successful interview. Apply below and submit all documents no later than May 3rd, 2019.

Interviews for students being considered for the work study program will be conducted at Coastal Electric Cooperative in 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.