When he landed an internship at Alabama Power, Jarvis Prewitt had a dual mission: to ensure that his skills and work ethic become assets for the company; and to learn and grow through the experience.
He achieved these two goals as part of the Power Delivery Department internship program this summer.
âI would definitely say I had a lot to bring to the table, but they helped me develop more skills than I know I didn’t have,â said Prewitt. “My mentor helped me take on a lot more responsibility and other things that made me better.”
When he was in high school, Prewitt was one of the first students to intern as a Birmingham Promise student. Promise is a program that offers internships to high school students in the Birmingham area and scholarships to senior students. Alabama Power is a committed supporter of the Birmingham Promise.
Prewitt credits his internship at BBVA as a high school student for giving him the financial literacy that opened the door to earning a college degree.
Now a mechanical engineering student at Alabama A&M, Prewitt recently completed an engineering internship at the Power Delivery Crew head office in Trussville. Power Delivery is responsible for delivering electricity from a power plant to the customer, especially when it comes to maintaining power lines.
Rory Foster, the engineering supervisor at Trussville, explained that Prewitt has spent time in the field and learned how to serve customers and maintain power lines. âHe’s learned a lot about our work processes, the construction specifications and the guidelines we follow,â said Foster. âJarvis also spent time with other engineers and specialists in our working group learning about the equipment and hardware, and how to identify potential reliability issues. “
The goal of a Power Delivery internship is to integrate a student into the work group and present him / her what the team does.
âWe give them hands-on training and experience in handling normal engineering staff tasks, ie talking to customers, creating work sketches, creating estimates, handling maintenance issues, etc. . “Said Foster.
Prewitt’s mentor during his 12-week internship was Roderick Parker, a distribution specialist in the Trussville engineering office.
âRoderick has been an exceptional mentor,â said Prewitt. âThe very first day I partnered with him, I started asking him questions. Even though it was a crazy question, he answered the majority of all my questions.
Prewitt, who graduated from Huffman High as a 2019 Salvatorian, said his mentor’s experience and knowledge had rubbed off on him.
“Since I have been with him I am now able to assess and analyze the things he taught me to say to someone who may not understand what is going on or what he is. sees, “he said. âI am truly grateful for his mentorship and advice. “
During Prewitt’s internship, he created several different work orders to serve new business customers, improving reliability, installing lighting and replacing poles, according to Parker. “One of the major projects Jarvis worked on,” he said, “was a work order to install a bank of transformers and serve three-phase service underground to a new commercial customer in Trussville.”
Prewitt and Parker agreed that the mentoring relationship was more than just a professional connection.
âHe told me about his family and how the Alabama Power Company took him under its wing and made him become who he is,â said Prewitt. “And now he’s guiding and developing me, so the relationship goes beyond just working.”
Parker said Prewitt did well as an intern.
âHe was open-minded, taking notes and asking questions. With continuing education he is a good future candidate in engineering, âParker said. âPersonally, he is well behaved and respectful. Professionally, he has a desire to learn more about the field and to work for APCO.
Prewitt landed his internship after attending a career fair at Alabama A&M, where Alabama Power was recruiting. He’s a junior at A&M this fall and hopes that a planned cooperative next year with the power company will eventually lead to a full-time position.
âWhat I’ve been through over the past three months has been amazing,â said Prewitt. âIf there are any students interested in the Southern Company or the Alabama Power Company or the distribution aspect of Power Delivery, this is an amazing field with amazing people who are loving, caring and cheerful, and who will definitely teach you, so I say definitely give it’s a hit.