For the past few weeks, two young people have been lending a hand and gaining valuable experience as they tackle accounting and engineering internships at Buckeye Power.
Peter Kampf has been interning with the accounting department while Jacob Salyer is in engineering. Salyer became interested in Buckeye Power after hearing CEO Tony Ahern give a presentation about humanitarian engineering to a group he is involved with at Ohio State.
“I decided to take an internship with Buckeye Power because the power industry is something that is great to be a part of as it is a growing field,” Salyer said.
His curiosity about how things work has driven Salyer’s interest in engineering.
“How does coal become electricity? How does an assortment of stuff become a life-saving drug? I find stuff like this interesting and how people make this happen everyday through intricate machines and processes,” he said.
Salyer hopes to be an innovator as his professional career moves forward, and the possibilities of clean coal technology and the many ways to generate electricity interest him.
In his short time with Buckeye Power, Salyer said he has learned a lot about how power is generated and distributed, and how the markets work.
“It is something that I did not think about too much prior to working here,” he said. Salyer said the internship is also preparing him to join the workforce.
“The experience of working in an office, meeting new people and working a 9-5 job is something that has really opened my eyes to what it is actually like in the working environment,” he said.
During his internship, Salyer has been helping prepare load forecasts, power requirement studies, various statistical reports and has been working on other engineering projects. He’s also been able to visit the Mone Plant and Cardinal Station.
Kampf has spent time working with everyone in the accounting department this summer.
Along with hands-on learning dealing with accounts receivable and payable and bank reconciliations, Kampf has learned about other aspects of the work the department does such as the power bill prepayment program and processing the information and rebates associated with the load management program.
Kampf said he was attracted to the Buckeye Power internship because of the variety of jobs he would be exposed to.
“I chose to accept this internship over my other opportunities for the variety of exposure I would get working with accounting and treasury and the overall feel of the company I got through my interview process,” he said.
An accounting major at Ohio State, Kampf plans to earn his CPA after graduation and pursue a career in the accounting field
“My internship work here thus far has already taught me a lot. I will be able to use the technical skills and real-world financial situations I experienced here to apply to any position in the accounting field,” Kampf said