College Internships

Each year, JEA proudly hosts high school and college students in a wide variety of internship and mentoring programs. These programs provide hands-on experience for students already enrolled in degree and technical programs in their chosen field.


Our interns, co-ops and mentoring students work directly with JEA employees trained to guide them through the work environment, while also teaching them about the utility industry. Students often get the chance to help complete special projects while working side-by-side with our employees. The video above was filmed and produced by 2018 JEA Co-Op Tedarius Abrams, a Mass Communications major at Bethune-Cookman University. 

2019 Summer Co-Op Program

College students will be selected for an opportunity to gain real-world, on-the-job experience, network with business professionals and develop valuable leadership, professional etiquette and presentation skills. The program is a paid 32-hour-per-week, 12-week internship. Internship dates for 2019 are currently TBD. Be sure to visit this page for application deadlines and additional requirements for this program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be a rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Preferred Majors: Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Mathematics, Biology/Science
  • U.S. citizen or VISA eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Provide current transcript and resume with application

What's the difference between a Co-op and an Internship?

Both provide work experience related to your college major. However, Co-Ops can be multi-term and are paid. For example, a student Co-Op might work in the summer, go to school in the fall and work again at JEA the following summer semester. Internships are usually – but not always – one term and are usually in the fall or spring, and Interns only receive a small stipend for parking.

Career Paths for Co-Ops

Our internship program is structured to provide you with work experience relevant to your educational and professional goals. As a JEA intern, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the utility industry, gain exposure to a corporate environment and surround yourself with people committed to helping you learn.

Here are some qualities we look for in our interns:

  • Strong work ethic and initiative
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Program Benefits

  • Provide students with real world, hands on experience
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Enhance professional etiquette and presentation skills
  • Provide opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Competitive salary ranging from $13 to $17 per hour

Our internship and Co-Op opportunities include work in these JEA departments: 

  • Engineering
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Mathematics
  • Biology/Science

Class of 2018 Summer Co-Op Recap

College students have been staying busy this summer with the 2018 JEA Summer Co-Op program. The students have been working on projects, participating in training classes, touring facilities and more.

During their time with us, our co-ops also have committed to giving back to deserving community causes through such programs as the Day of Service. This year’s co-ops spent the day volunteering for two organizations, Farmshare and Fort Caroline National Memorial. At Farmshare, they packaged groceries for food-insecure families, and they helped to beautify the landscape at the memorial park in Arlington.

Before these co-ops begin their career journeys, JEA wants to instill in them the importance of giving back and serving the community that affords them opportunity and promise.

2018 JEA Co-Op Class Group Photo
Class of 2018 Summer Co-Ops

Other Opportunities

JEA also partners with the following organizations in Jacksonville to provide summer internship opportunities. Students must apply directly with those organizations to be considered.

  • Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program
    Students age 16+, assigned by the Mayor’s Office for internships paid by JEA. For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 630-CITY for an application.
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville Interns
    2 college students for academic credit only. For more information contact your guidance counselor.
  • Bridge of Northeast Florida Mentoring Program
    High school students engage in a year long mentorship program (ages 16 to 18). For more information, please contact the Bridge of Northeast Florida at 354-6352.