Collaboration with City of New Orleans provides experience in STEM fields
METAIRIE, LA. — (August 9, 2019)— M S Benbow & Associates (MSB) is proud to continue our partnership with the YouthForce NOLA Internship Program (YFI) for the second year. This program aims to help youth make connections and acquire long-term employment opportunities with local companies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Under the program, MSB has hired a New Orleans high school student for a summer internship at the multi-discipline engineering consultancy.
The program is a collaboration between the City of New Orleans and the YouthForce Collaborative Steering Committee that provides paid internship experiences for students considering STEM industries. It aims to help students develop the skills necessary for success in the workforce as well as high school and college. Students receive 60 hours of paid training before beginning their 90-hour placement with their specific company.
MSB’s intent for the internship is to deliver an immersive, interactive experience rather than simply observing. MSB’s summer YouthForce NOLA intern will spend one week in each of the firm’s three engineering disciplines—Electrical Power Systems, Instrumentation & Controls, and Telecommunication & Technology—followed by a final week in Human Resources, Administration and Drafting & Design. During the internship the student will gain insight into the day-to-day activities involved in a STEM profession as well as general office experience, such as how to send emails, punctuality and taking notes.
This is MSB’s second year offering a YFI internship as the company continues a long history of supporting STEM programs and promoting STEM careers across Louisiana.
“Participating in this program supports MSB’s mission to give back to the community while fulfilling one of our company’s core values,” said MSB President Leo L. Holzenthal, Jr. “Our internship is designed to provide exposure into how an engineering firm works, including the fundamentals of running a business and demonstrating the importance of collaboration to complete a project. We aim to show how each role in a STEM field plays an integral role in successfully identifying and solving complex problems that the work is addressing.”
Recognized with the 2018 Louisiana Small Business Award for Outstanding Growth, MSB is engaged in a number of workforce development and regional economic development associations. This year MSB engineers mentored a team competing in the 27th-annual First Robotics Competition Bayou Regional and was a sponsor of the 62nd-annual Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair (GNOSEF).
Celebrating more than 40 years as a privately owned engineering consultancy, MSB delivers integrated, turnkey engineering services for complex engineering projects from California to the Northeastern U.S. MSB has four locations in Louisiana and Texas and more than 100 associates. Its engineers are registered in over 30 states and are consistently recognized for technical ability, leadership in industry organizations and regional excellence.
About M S Benbow & Associates
A multi-discipline, integrated engineering consultancy, M S Benbow & Associates is regarded as one of the top professional engineering firms in the region serving some of the most notable refineries, airports, convention centers, campuses, and large public venues in the United States. With professional registrations in over 30 states and offices in Metairie, Mandeville, Houston and Dallas, MSB provides expertise in Electrical Power Systems, Instrumentation & Controls, Telecommunications & Technology, and Drafting & Design with end-to-end project management services. MSB provides a wide range of engineering services including feasibility studies, front-end engineering design, detailed design packages, site acceptance testing, startup/commissioning services and specialty installation services.