MERRILLVILLE │ More than 30 NiSource and NIPSCO interns learned about building a career at the utility during an all-day information and training session Tuesday.
Chris Smith, NISPCO vice president of human resources, said of the things the company wanted to demonstrate its interns “is that NIPSCO/NiSource is a great place to work.”
“There are a ton of opportunities with this organization,” he said.
Smith said the companies tap into local colleges and universities to deliver that message and start building relationships.
“A lot of times people will leave the area if they don’t necessarily think there are opportunities,” he said.
One of the sessions for interns, Building a NiSource Career, featured success stories from former interns who are now full-time employees.
Matt Ninkovich, a NiSource senior financial analyst, told the interns to learn as much as they can about the company, ask questions and “step out on your own to try to find things to do.”
Ninkovich said the corporate structure is set up where interns who are hired full-time that gain experience will move up in the organization.
“They give you opportunities to learn the industry,” he said. “They do a good job of developing you. They make you a more well-rounded employee.”
Josh Marlow, a NIPSCO area field supervisor, told the interns to take on every opportunity they can.
“Every project you work on give 100 percent and move on to the next thing,” he said.
Sarah Khan, a former intern and current NiSource senior financial analyst, spoke about the importance of having a mentor and getting references during the internship.
“You have to put yourself out there,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Every opportunity is a learning experience. This is a great place to learn how to develop your skills.”
Brittany Bellas, who recently graduated from Illinois State University, is interning in the information technology department of NiSource. The St. John resident said she even though she was originally looking for a full-time job, she knew becoming a NiSource intern was a way to get her foot in the door.
“Even if I don’t get hired on at least I have experience at NiSource,” she said. “It’s a great company.”
Lawrence Batiste, an Ivy Tech Community College graduate, is an engineering intern.
“I thought it was a good idea to start getting experience in my field,” he said. “It’s been great. Everyone in our department is willing to help. I get to work with engineers and get hands on experience and a good idea of exactly what I will be working on if I get a full-time position in the future as an engineer."