Spotlight:  United Water Corporate Scholars Paid Internship Program

Spotlight: United Water Corporate Scholars Paid Internship Program

When faced with a strategic imperative to develop science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) talent for a new generation in a technical field combined with a social commitment to improve diversity in our workforce, United Water developed a partnership 5 years ago with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to create a highly competitive paid internship program. The program provides students with a 10-week paid internship in one of United Water’s facilities, along with a scholarship funded by the United Water Foundation. Each student can be awarded up to $10,000 in scholarship money over a two-year period. The program offers students a chance to develop invaluable business skills through workshops and work experience. Each intern is assigned a United Water employee as a mentor. This year’s UNCF Corporate Scholars are an impressive group of students. The United Water Blog interviewed them to learn more about what it takes to be a Corporate Scholar. Erick Quinteros; Bethlehem, PA A native of Bethlehem, PA, Erick studies Civil Engineering at Columbia University, while also finding time to complete a minor in Architecture. He interned last summer at United Water’s Oradell operation, working primarily within the GIS department. Fluent in Spanish, Erick spends his free time leading Spanish worship services at Pocono Community Church and coordinating events for Columbia’s Faith and Action group. He is an avid musician who focuses primarily on the piano, but also plays the bass guitar, drums and trombone. Erick expects to graduate in the spring of 2015. Jeneissa Booker; Teaneck, NJ Jeneissa grew up in Teaneck, NJ and now studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at...

Setting the standards for diversity and inclusion

United Water aims to set the standard for diversity and inclusion in our industry.  To meet that goal, and to create an environment in which the best talent can grow, develop and be challenged to contribute to United Water’s essential mission, we developed a relationship with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) four years ago.  Twenty students have participated in our Corporate Scholars Program since its inception. This elite group of college students spent the summer of 2013 being both social and creative through networking, seeking out engaging experiences, learning new skills and sharing at all levels of the organization. One student documented her...

Hispanic Heritage Month: Serving and leading our nation with pride and honor

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) United Water celebrates the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States.  The observation also serves to recognize the profound and positive influence Hispanics have had on our nation’s history. The national theme of this year’s celebration is “serving and leading our nation with pride and honor” and hopes to recognize the many Hispanic and Latino Americans that serve our nation in various roles and highlight the significant contributions they have made in all sectors of society. Serving and leading our communities with pride and honor is something United Water employees of all backgrounds do daily. Eva Martinez, manager of employee and labor relations, is a Puerto Rican American who can trace her roots back to Arawa (specifically Taino), African slaves, and Spanish explorers. To celebrate her culture, Eva and her family enjoy visiting “El Museo del Barrio” located in East Harlem, New York.  “This museum hosts various collections and exhibits depicting Caribbean and Latin American cultures,” said Martinez.  “Afterwards, my family and I like to eat at one of the local Puerto Rican restaurants in el Barrio (the neighborhood) and indulge in some genuine home-cooking while listening to the salsa music that plays in the background.  It is a fun time with family, friends and community.” Although United Water compensation analyst Federico (Rico) DeLima’s family originates from Columbia and Ecuador, his roots extend back to Spain, Africa (primarily Egypt) and Italy. Having lived in a community with various Latino backgrounds, Rico takes time to celebrate his heritage all year long.  “Walking around the neighborhood...