Westar Energy Internship Program

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4.5 of 5 stars Overall Intern Rating (19 Intern Reviews)

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4.9 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Responsiblity for real world engineering problems.


Uppers

I was given a lot of responsibility, worked with great people, and learned everyday.


Downers

I had to get used to waking up and being at work at 7 every morning. And my computer operating sofware was a little outdated. Definately not much to complain about.


Advice to Potential Interns

Westar has great people to work with and you can give yourself the opportunity learn and grow professionally everyday.


Advice to Management

I would have liked to see what other divisions of Westar engineering are and what they do. Maybe shadow the line side or substation side for a day.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Learn and Discover how to apply your education to the workforce.


Uppers

Experience and Pay


Downers

Nothing, I enjoyed it all.


Advice to Potential Interns

Get as much work prior work experiance as possible. Look for professional and self development, through leadership roles,seminars, volunteer work or employment.


Advice to Management

No suggestions


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Yes


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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Internships With Westar Present Opportunities


Uppers

doing valuable work for the HR department, networking with people in the department and around the company.


Downers

Nothing, really. I had a wonderful experience.


Advice to Potential Interns

Best internship in the Topeka area.


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4.9 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

An incredible way to get your foot in the door with an excellent company.


Uppers

-Work environment, payment, co-workers.


Downers

- Monotony of day to day tasks


Advice to Potential Interns

- A big enough company to gain the corporate exposure - but small enough to have lunch with the CEO.


Advice to Management

- Better reimbursement for car mileage. - More opportunities for job shadowing in other areas of the company.


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Engineering Student Receives Chance of a Lifetime to Learn from Industry Leaders


Uppers

Getting to work with the best people in the business. I worked with brilliant individuals who have been doing this work for over 25 years. They were extremly nice and more than wiling to help me develop.


Downers

I am not able to work for Westar.


Advice to Potential Interns

Learn as much as possible and see as much of the company as possible.


Advice to Management

I wish they had an ability for me to work from Omaha. Other than that, this was an amazing opportunity. I will always appreciate Westar for this opportunity.


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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Learn how an electric utility provides power and all of the people who have roles to accomplish it.


Uppers

Working with a great team in a positive atmosphere.


Downers

Very little structure, did not really have goals to meet beyond what I set for myself.


Advice to Potential Interns

Stay opened minded and keep a professional attitude. Even if you have difficulties finding a comfortable fit or are placed in an area you didn't expect, the experience will be invaluable. There is also room for moving in the event you see a position which you may want to apply to later after getting ground level experience.


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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Excellent internship opportunity.


Uppers

The people and atmosphere.


Downers

There was nothing that I disliked about my experience.


Advice to Potential Interns

Great internship experience.


Advice to Management

I saw no changes that needed to be made.


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Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

I got to drive a tesla, sit in a board meeting, travel around the company, and learn about what drives the electric utility industry.


Uppers

I enjoyed the wide variety of things I got to do. Everyday I was learning something new and meeting new people.


Downers

Even though I was an engineering intern, I did not have an engineering project to work on. I spent my summer mainly traveling and learning, not on a project.


Advice to Potential Interns

Westar is a great company to intern for. You will have the opportunity to learn as much as you want, and meet people you otherwise wouldn't. On my last day, the CEO took another intern and I out to lunch, and we talked for about two hours. Where else would you get to do that?


Advice to Management

More intern activities. I didn't feel like I got to get to know many of the other interns because they were spread out through the company. A better computer (windows 7 instead of XP) would have been nice too, mine would often have trouble connecting to the internet.


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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

If you are looking for a career in power, or to simply get an idea of the industry, Westar is a great place to do so.


Uppers

Working with awesome people. Getting a real feel for what I would actually be doing full time.


Downers

The driving distance, but that was my issue, not Westar's


Advice to Potential Interns

If you're willing to work for the company and you work hard, they will try their best to find you a position.


Advice to Management

More pay!!:) I really don't know, as my internship experience was excellent, and much better than I had expected.


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4.5 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Local K-State Student Gets Experience, Opportunity as Westar Intern.


Uppers

The best part was the opportunity to work on relevant, meaningful projects, even taking a leadership role in one of them. This was followed by the numerous formal and informal learning opportunities provided through the intern program and my supervisor.


Downers

The afternoons got a bit tedious at times as I tried to knock out a task in a day. I could have rationed my time better to get more hour-to-hour variety.


Advice to Potential Interns

Westar is a great place to work. The culture is relaxed but very professional where it counts. The work is challenging and meaningful, and the compensation is really good.


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