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Water Department Launches Midlands High School Internship Program > Columbia Business Report

Three students from Blythewood High School have been selected for a new STEM internship program under a public-private partnership with South Carolina Water Utilities.

As part of the paid internship, students will rotate through SCWU facilities to learn about water and wastewater management. The core components of the science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum will focus on understanding the chemistry, biology, fluid mechanics, and engineering skills needed to operate these facilities.

“South Carolina Water Utilities is excited to bring this internship program to the community where many of us live and work,” SCWU President Craig Sorensen said in a press release. “As guardians of water, we see a need for more public-private partnerships in South Carolina to build student enthusiasm and interest in STEM – our vital industry in particular – and we are proud to lead by example with this program.”

The scheme could be extended to other schools in the Midlands, the statement said.

SCWU, a subsidiary of South West Water Company., is the largest state-investor-owned water utility, serving customers in the Midlands and Lowcountry.

“We commend South Carolina Water Utilities for developing this engaging new program for our students,” said Blythewood Principal Matthew Sherman. “Blythewood High School is committed to providing students with as many opportunities for success as possible, and this is one more way to achieve that.”

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.