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Frequently Asked Questions about College Recruiting

How should I begin my career search?
Start out by contacting your school’s career center. Typically, your career center will have resources to help you get started. Also, speak to your academic advisor and make sure you are taking the right classes so you will graduate with skills relevant to your career objective. Finally, pick up some practical experience by working as an intern. Many corporations offer summer internships and you can apply directly or through a program such as INROADS. INROADS places minority students in year-round internship positions and provides training to prepare students for corporate and community leadership.

How does your College Relations program work?
CenterPoint Energy's College Relations team recruits from universities and two-year/technical colleges. We typically hire co-ops during the fall and spring semesters, interns in the summer, and a select number of entry-level, full-time positions during the year.

For opportunities to meet our College Relations team, be sure to check our recruiting schedule. If we will be visiting your campus or participating in a local Career Fair, stop by and introduce yourself. Otherwise, you can always View Job Openings and apply online.

What is the difference between a co-op and an intern?
Co-op – Cooperative education provides full-time work experience that is completed during a student's college career. The job is related to the student’s major, lasts more than one academic semester, is a paid position and is credited academically. CenterPoint Energy typically hires both electrical and mechanical engineering students for the fall and spring semesters.

Intern – An internship is a short-term position, either during the summer or regular school year, which offers job-related experience to students in their field of study. Most internships are paid, full-time positions. CenterPoint Energy has undergraduate and graduate summer internships in business, engineering and technology.