I was thrown into the mix immediately which is how I learn rather than being told to read a book and learn that way. I was doing things similar to what the other DSA's were doing (not as demanding) on the first day I had access to everything that I needed to do my job.
The company is still trying to get over the merger they experienced a few years back and that is evident because the company is not always as organized as it should be. Communication is average at best throughout the company. It was sometimes hard to do our jobs as DSA's because it was hard to get others to communicate with you.
Advice to Potential Interns
I would definitely suggest FirstEnergy as a company based on what I learned, the compensation, and location of the company in comparison to my house. It was a great learning experience, and other than the communication problems, the company really helped me take the next step forward in my search for a full-time job.
Sample Interview Questions
Similar to any other company, they ask a lot of scenario questions (i.e. What would you do in this situation or that situation...?) along with questions about my strengths and weaknesses. They also asked where I see myself in so many years and so on. Typical interview questions that you will see with almost any company that you interview with.
Advice to Management
Communication has to improve throughout the company. There also has to be some sort of punishment when things go wrong, rather than just pushing it aside and pretending it never happened. There were things that happened during my time with the company that really made the DSA's jobs harder and no one ever seemed to be punished for what they did. Not saying anything drastic, but the issue definitely needs to be addressed.