From robots to recruitment – building robots builds careers
How a scholarship winner becomes an intern
Myles Byrne made history in 2016 as the first recipient of the NextEra Energy Foundation’s FIRST® Alumni Robotics Scholarship. The robotics team member extraordinaire put the $20,000 toward tuition at UCLA.
Byrne then came back to South Florida and put his skills and knowledge to work as an intern on the NextEra Energy, Inc. power generation team. NextEra Energy is Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) parent company.
Byrne said his internship taught him communication skills and how to coherently and concisely talk about his university projects and concepts. He added that his knowledge of coding, advanced data analysis and the overall energy sector has increased.
“I was very surprised that I, and all of the summer interns, were given the opportunity to work on real projects that actually have an effect on the company,” Byrne said. “I was very impressed by the company’s focus on safety, continuous improvement and community.”
The robotics scholarship, now in its fourth year, is awarded annually to an outstanding student in FPL’s service area who has at least two years of participation in a FIRST Robotics program. The student must pursue a college degree in engineering or information management.
“Supporting programs like robotics that break down barriers to opportunities is important to our company,” said Thomas Bean, director of community relations for FPL. “It’s part of our commitment to invest in our communities and help prepare the workforce of the future.”
Stay tuned in May as we announce the 2019 scholarship winner!