How can you…
Get into STEM?

Looking to get involved with STEM? There are lots of opportunities, including several related to the energy industry! You can start today, or make a plan to participate in the future. Browse the categories below for suggestions on how to get started.

National Organizations

FIRST: The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities. Learn more
SkillsUSA: SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. Learn more
Project Lead The Way: Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. by creating an engaging, hands-on classroom environment that empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. Learn more
IEEE Power & Energy Society: PES provides the world’s largest forum for sharing the latest technological developments in the electric power industry, for developing standards that guide the development and construction of equipment and systems, and for educating members of the industry and the general public. Learn more

For Girls

The Connectory: Find out about STEM activities in your local area — The Connectory has listings of STEM events, specifically focused on girls, from across the country. Learn more
FabFems: FabFems are women from a broad range of STEM professions. They are passionate, collaborative, and work to make the world a better place. They connect with girls interested in STEM careers and serve as their mentors. Find a STEM mentor today! Learn more
EngineerGirl: Learn more about the awesome opportunities for girls in engineering! Learn more
Society for Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarships: SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science in the United States. Learn more
SWENext: SWENext offers girls between the ages of 13-18 an opportunity to be part of the Society of Women Engineers. Students can benefit from hands-on challenges, invitations to events and contests, and more. Learn more
DiscoverE: DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) helps unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities. Their Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day) aims to inspire girls’ futures so they learn they have a place in engineering a better world. Learn more
Dream Big: Dream Big is a film for IMAX and giant screen theaters that features amazing engineering projects, along with forward-thinking and compassionate engineers. Dream Big also offers hands-on activities and engaging programs to enhance the learning, including a “Girls Night Out” screening event. Learn more

For Minorities

American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE): The AABE organization is committed to building the pipeline of minority energy professionals. They offer scholarships to high school students who plan to major in one of the STEM disciplines. In addition to scholarships, AABE members are mentors to scholarship recipients. Learn more
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): NSBE has a pre-collegiate membership category for only $5. You’ll be exposed to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities to help build your STEM skills. Learn more
Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): The SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. They have student chapters in middle and high schools throughout the country. Learn more
Get Your Foot in the Door: The Mentorship Environmental Scholars Program, created by Pre-College University and the U.S. Department of Energy to increase minority awareness and participation in the environmental science disciplines, is seeking students traditionally underrepresented in the areas of biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, business administration, public administration, physical science, and engineering. Learn more
Michael Leland Energy Fellowship Program: For the past two decades, this fellowship has provided students with hands-on research experience with the Fossil Energy Office, all with a focus on reaching under-represented students in STEM fields. Learn more

Additional Options

Join a local chapter of a STEM-related club, like FIRST Robotics, or start your own!
Enter a science, math, or engineering competition. Competitions are offered by schools, districts, counties, and even most states.
Reach out to a mentor. Do you have a particular field of study that you’re interested in? Reach out to an expert in the field and ask if they’ll take a little time to talk with you about what they do. You’ll be surprised at how eager and willing scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals might be to talk with you!
Ask a teacher or librarian. Not sure what resources are available to you locally, or the best way to get connected to someone in your field of interest? Your teachers and librarians at your school or local library are “in the know” about your community. They should be able to give you ideas of where and how to get started. All you have to do is ask!
Find a training program. The educators and programs seen on the GIE Training Program Locator are members of the National Energy Education Network (NEEN). They are sponsored by energy utilities that are members of CEWD. These energy utilities partner with these NEEN educators to provide education pathways that can lead to rewarding careers in the utility industry.


Get Into Energy / Get Into STEM is a ground-breaking program designed to build awareness among students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and others about the value of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and the excellent career opportunities available in the energy industry.

Get Into Energy / Get Into STEM is managed by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas, and nuclear utilities and their associations.

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