Yakima Valley College student participates in Department of Energy internship program

Yakima Valley College student Carlos Trejo of Yakima has been selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Community College Internships (CCI) program for the Summer 2022 Term.

The CCI program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at department laboratories. Trejo will work at the General Atomics / DIII-D facility located in San Diego.

Students in program, like Trejo, work on technologies, instrumentation projects, or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers. The CCI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists in collaboration with the DOE laboratories.

“I’m looking forward to working at one of the top research facilities in the country,” said Trejo. “I await the opportunity to be able to expand my network and work alongside mentors and students that share the same passion I do. I’m extremely grateful for programs such as CCI that allow community college students the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research and internships.”

Applications for the CCI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer (May through August), Fall (August through December), and Spring (January through May) Terms.

The highly competitive program allows students to do work on a technical project with some of the most talented scientists and engineers in the world.

“Carlos has worked very hard over the last few years and taken advantage of the support offered in the STEM program,” states Interim STEM Program Director Cristy Rasmussen. “He has participated in a NASA program, Summer Undergraduate Research, and this year has been accepted into a research opportunity in San Diego.  It’s incredible to see all his hard work acknowledged and he is another student that will have an impact in our world.”

Press Release Contacts:
Dustin Wunderlich / 509.574.6870 / dwunderlich@yvcc.edu
Stefanie Menard / 509.574.4646 / smenard@yvcc.edu