MPS students get hands-on experience during We Energies Intern Demo Day

NOW: MPS students get hands-on experience during We Energies Intern Demo Day

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Around 30 MPS students got the chance to see what it takes to keep our lights on.

It's part of a We Energies program giving them hands-on experience that could ultimately lead to a job.

"This is the first step before they're invited for an interview, so this is somewhat of a pre-interview."

Students were given the chance to ride in a bucket truck, operate a backhoe and learn how to stop a natural gas leak.

After getting a hands-on look at day-to-day operations, We Energies will then pick their next lien mechanic and gas distribution interns.

We spoke with a worker who went through the internship program.

"I think it's a great opportunity that a lot of high schools should take," said Cain Saavedra, general laborer at We Energies. "I mean especially if they don't know what they're doing, especially like what I did. I'm here now and it's especially something that I recommend."

Students picked for the internship will work full-time over the summer.

In addition to earning a paycheck, they'll be paired with a We Energies employee who will act as a mentor.

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