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Summer internship leads to job months before graduation


RICHLAND, Wash. – Jared Beauchene never figured he’d work in a nuclear fuel plant right out of college. But he will; in fact, he will start part-time as a mechanical engineer this fall with the AREVA company before turning full-time following spring graduation.

Helping him achieve this success were two years of work in AREVA’s federal services division and an internship with the international nuclear and renewable energy technology company in Richland this summer.

“Through the internship, I performed a variety of tasks and calculations to help test different equipment and components used in nuclear fuel designs,” said Beauchene, a mechanical engineering student at Washington State University-Tri-Cities.

He learned of AREVA’s internship program a few years ago through a friend after seeing a posting in the WSU Tri-Cities Career Development Center.

“I learned valuable skills about working in the industry, as well as building relationships that will help me throughout my career,” Beauchene said.

“As an engineering student, I felt inclined to solve problems by myself, even if this meant struggling for long periods of time,” he said. “However, in a work environment time is money, and you are part of a team.”

Globally, AREVA is involved with the entire nuclear cycle, from uranium mining to used fuel recycling, including nuclear reactor design and operating services. For more information, visit