The Rhoads Energy Family of Companies hosted a summer internship program for nine young adults from Central Pennsylvania. The company awarded $18,000 in scholarships to participants who created their own self-directed, research-based projects. No limits were placed on the subject matter, resulting in projects that covered diverse industries and topics: engaging in art projects with children, the effects of COVID-19 on tourism, the production of glass from chicken manure, and many others.
The eight-week program culminated in (safe, socially distanced) presentations of the participants’ results and an award of $2,000 per student.
“Because of the lock down, many students lost out on internship opportunities. We wanted to create a program that would reward some of the smart, energetic young people in our region,” said Mike DeBerdine III, CEO of The Rhoads Energy Family of Companies.