Potomac Chapter Launches Internship Program for Third Consecutive Year

AFCOM's local Potomac Chapter in Virginia continues to support the data center education of students in support of the industry.

The chapter recently announced its 2021 Summer Internship Program, a 10-week course introducing students to multiple disciplines in the data center industry.

The program’s objective is to leverage undergraduate engineering students' talents and have them observe and assist with projects within the data center community. Students return to school armed with good references, and a solid foundation of influence. In some instances, they land jobs with their sponsor companies.

Sponsors are provided with hard-working, bright students who will be soon entering the job market. “We strategically place the student in a custom program specific to their interests at data centers and other industry firms that support their long-term career plans, whether it be mechanical engineering, architecture, real estate, you name it,” said Phil Baroody, VP of business development at TechnoGuard, Inc. and AFCOM Potomac chapter secretary.

Kyle Warner and Erick Wayman-Baxter, graduates of the program, attribute their current success to their internship experience. Warner, now a bioprocess technician at Pfizer, spoke of how the program set him up to excel at Pfizer, “The networking, the opportunity to advance, the people I met, and the overall education were all things that made the program so unique. This internship gave me the opportunity to show companies what I’m made of.”

Baxter, a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, was hired at Eaton following his internship there. He has been accepted into Eaton’s three-year Leadership Program which begins in July and already works there part-time until he graduates in May 2021. “I got so much out it [the internship]. I was never bored, I came out with a job, and so many invaluable connections,” Erick said of his experience.

If you are interested in supporting the AFCOM Potomac internship program financially or wish to host an intern for either two-week or four-week sessions, please visit the website.