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Arizona Public Service Safety Professional Summer Intern in TONOPAH, Arizona

Safety Professional Summer Intern

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Date: Feb 18, 2024

Location: TONOPAH, AZ, US, 85354

Company: APS

Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.

Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country’s fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.

Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.


APS Palo Verde is looking for Safety Professional Summer Intern to join their team in Tonopah, AZ at the Palo Verde Generating Station.

As a Safety Intern, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Intern Professional Development Program, which is designed to cultivate professional skills and provide professional level work at Arizona Public Service. The Safety Intern will be provided on-the-job training, and challenging assignments to refine skills and round out competencies.

The Safety Intern will report to the stations Industrial Safety Department and responsible in assisting with the direction, planning, development, and coordination of the plants' safety and human performance programs. The Safety Intern will work to develop and sustain a zero-injury culture with employees and contractors to define expectations, drive performance improvement strategies and establish processes for compliance with applicable regulations and company policies.

Safety is a core value for Palo Verde and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

The Palo Verde Summer internship is a paid 10 week program. During the 10 weeks at Palo Verde you will be equipped with the tools needed to thrive and be challenged with meaningful individual and group projects. You will get support from leaders who will help you succeed. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in a New Hire Orientation, Professional Development opportunities and company tours to learn more about Palo Verde and Arizona Public Service.

The Palo Verde Internship is a paid 10 week program starting in May, ending in July. Qualified students will receive housing during the program.

At APS, we embrace the title intern and provide you with unique opportunities to make an impact on our business, apply today!

Under the direction of the Industrial Safety Department, selected candidates may:

  • Assist in providing technical / analytical guidance regarding OSHA regulations, as well as the consensus standards (i.e., NFPA, ASTM, ANSI, DOT, etc.)

  • Help to Maintain the Stations OSHA 300 and 300A logs and summary to OSHA on an annual basis

  • Understanding and application of safety rules, along with consulting and advising directors, managers, supervisors, employees, and other personnel with respect to the company's Safety Human Performance program

  • Assist the Industrial Safety Department with educating employees on safe and error free work practices, investigating accidents, and taking steps to prevent reoccurrences

  • Overseeing fall protection, scaffold erection/dismantling, permit required work and asbestos (building inspector) needs

  • Preparing and filing safety records/reports, as well as maintaining monthly accident frequency/severity ratings and reviewing accident reports

  • Supporting multiple plant safety and human performance committees and initiatives

  • Help to provide technical and analytical guidance to conduct industrial hygiene assessments and devise monitoring plans

  • Performing safety audits and conducting hazard assessments while recommending the proper means of approved personal protective equipment

  • Proficient in excel, word and power point presentations

Program Features and Benefits:

  • Challenging, innovative assignments that provide real-world experience in applying business education to short term projects that contribute to Palo Verde’s success

  • Exposure and opportunities to meet with members of our Senior Leadership Team and learn about their personal experiences

  • In-depth education on our organization, our industry and how energy companies make money

  • A comprehensive understanding of the energy industry and real insight into the variety of Industrial Safety career tracks that are available within many utility organization

  • A dedicated manager and a mentor who will guide you throughout your prospective internship(s)

  • The chance to shadow professionals in a variety of disciplines throughout Industrial Safety career

  • Professional and personal development activities and ongoing feedback and coaching on performance

  • Networking events with peers and members of our management team

  • Presentation of your summer project results to our Senior Leadership Team and the opportunity to gain insightful feedback regarding your achievements

Minimum Requirements

  • Actively enrolled in an accredited college or university undergraduate degree program.

  • Must show ongoing achievement in areas of study and training.

  • 3.0 GPA or higher

  • Must be currently in their Junior or Senior year at the start of the Internship

  • Must be able to work in both an office and plant environment with the ability to comply with safety procedures.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications and computer-aided design programs

  • Positive communication skills as well as organizational skills to prioritize and plan work, multi-task and meet project deadlines

    Official or unofficial transcripts must be attached to your online application at the time of submittal to be considered.

Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications:

  • Actively enrolled in an accredited college or university undergraduate program in Occupational Safety Management, Safety Science, or Industrial Hygiene related discipline

Nuclear Requirement

Any PVGS employee may be called upon to serve as a member of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and will be expected to fulfill their obligation as an ERO member. Any PVGS employee may be called upon to support a refueling or short-notice outage. This includes line roles and responsibilities as necessary to execute outage activities. These are a condition of employment at PVGS. Any PVGS employee may be called upon to support a refueling or short-notice outage. This includes line roles and responsibilities as necessary to execute outage activities.

Major Accountabilities

1) Performs simple to intermediate analysis and designs. May assist in preparing business/engineering plans, designs, specifications, cost estimates, evaluations and studies.

2) Assists in research, business documentation, studies or technical reviews. Conducts analyses, investigations, verifications and summarizes results or findings in written reports or oral presentations.

3) Utilizes internal resources to learn business/engineering operations/functions and apply learning in completion of work assignments.

4) Coordinates efforts with other disciplines, and/or departments in achieving project goals and task assignments.

5) Performs other related duties as required.

Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Flex Role:

This position is not required to be performed at a specific APS facility as long as adequate technology and a solid ergonomic set up are present. Pending agreement with leadership, employees hired into this role will be able to choose where they prefer to perform their work. Employees will have two options to choose from:

  • APS office based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from an APS facility.

  • Home based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from his/her home.

    *Employees in Flex roles are required to reside in Arizona (or NM for Four Corners-based employees). Role types are subject to change based on business need.