Junior accepted into prestigious National Grid internship program
June 21, 2017 -- The saying “Mom always knows best,” certainly rings true with Marcellus high school junior Madeline Mahoney. When Christine Mahoney learned about an internship being offered at her place of employment, National Grid, she knew it would be a great fit for her daughter.
Already quite the Renaissance woman, Madeline touts a lengthy list of passions and accomplishments – including the successful completion of a tractor maintenance and operation course, building an amazing tack box for her horses and studying and teaching dance, all while maintaining excellent grades and serving as the student representative to the Board of Education.
And this summer, she’ll add another: intern at National Grid.
After hearing about the opportunity and fighting off (with Mom’s help) some initial reluctance, Madeline decided the internship would provide an amazing addition to her resume. The internship affords participants the opportunity to examine the roles of several types of engineers. Because Madeline aspires to someday be an agricultural engineer, it seemed a perfect fit.
The application process was quite lengthy, including writing an essay and gathering teacher recommendations. But Madeline persevered and, about two weeks ago, got word she had been accepted to the six-year internship at the Syracuse-based utility.
In years one and two, she will spend her summer taking classes and job shadowing. During years three through six, she has the opportunity to compete for a paid internship during the summer. At the conclusion of the six years, Madeline has the opportunity to be selected for a career at National Grid. The entire program takes place in Syracuse beginning the first week of July.
While she still doesn’t know if other area students will be part of her cohort, Madeline is excited for the chance to meet new people and learn new things that will prepare her for life.
Madeline shared that she is grateful to her mom, who always pushes her to take on new challenges – and apparently did know best, after all.