FAQs

  • Am I eligible to participate in AEP's co-op and internship program?

    To be eligible for the co-op and internship program, you must be enrolled at a college/university in a full-time program. Some departments require you to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Other departments will consider students who are eligible for temporary employment in the U.S. For engineering students, programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). In addition, you must have an excellent academic record. Some departments prefer a 3.0 GPA or above.

    For the co-op program, students must be at least in their sophomore year and/or have completed two classes in their major to be eligible. Co-ops must also be able to complete at least two, non-consecutive work assignments while at AEP. For the internship program, students will have completed their junior year in college and work only one assignment, typically during the summer.

  • What benefits does AEP offer its co-ops and interns?

    Benefits include flextime, casual business dress, paid holidays and overtime. Students also are eligible to contribute to our retirement savings plan. In addition, some departments offer a monthly housing allowance.

  • What benefits does AEP offer its full-time employees?

    AEP offers a generous benefits package to full-time employees that includes plans for medical, dental, group life insurance, disability, retirement, sick leave, holidays, vacation and more. We also offer educational assistance and in-house training programs.

    Service performed on a temporary, co-op or intern basis will be considered in establishing your vacation and retirement entitlement if you become a full-time or part-time employee.

    Employees may participate in our savings 401(k) plan on the first day of the month following the date of hire. Company contributions help the savings grow faster: AEP contributes one dollar for every dollar you contribute for the first 1% of your eligible pay and 70 cents for each dollar you contribute for the next 5% of your eligible pay, up to a total of 6%.

    See a complete list of AEP's pay and benefits for full-time employees.

  • What kinds of projects would I be involved with as an AEP co-op or intern?

    Computer

    • Laptop testing and evaluation
    • Client Platform Support
    • Hardware and base OS/component integration
    • Writing scripts
    • Migration of mainframe programs to PC
    • Problem solving - OS/2 and NT
    • Web development
    • Database application development
    • Programming

    Business BS / BA / MBA

    • Market analysis
    • Forward price curve development
    • Risk analysis and control procedures
    • Marketing energy supplies and related services

    Engineering

    • Benchmarking data
    • Load Exposure spreadsheet development
    • Analyzing load flow
    • Interpreting and analyzing air permits
    • Calculating boiler heat input/heat rate
    • Protective relay engineering assignments
    • Analyzing breaker operations
    • Preparing initial designs, drawings and cost estimates

    Accounting

    • Assisting with the capital improvement requisition process
    • Preparing journal entries
    • Analyzing and reconciling accounts
  • Does AEP offer educational scholarships?

    Scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to children of AEP employees who are high school seniors planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree. AEP does not offer college scholarships to our customers or their children. However, AEP does have a long history of support for K-12 education as well as for colleges and universities.

  • Are AEP co-ops/interns guaranteed a job following graduation?

    Although we can't guarantee a job following graduation, the co-op/intern experience enhances your consideration for full-time employment with AEP.

  • Does AEP offer tuition assistance?

    Through AEP's educational assistance programs, regular full-time employees interested in advancing their careers through higher education may be eligible to receive more than $5,250 annually to cover the cost of registration fees, tuition, lab fees, and books.

  • Who do I contact if I have more questions?

    If you have additional questions about co-ops or internships at AEP, please visit our contact us section and fill out the general inquiries form.

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Life At AEP

"The people at the plant are very laid back. They get their work done and have fun doing it. There are a lot of laughs here."

Mandy

Engineering Intern
Mountaineer Power Plant
New Haven, West Virginia