University of South Carolina junior Anvi Patel received much more than she expected during her summer-long internship at the Savannah River Site, according to Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

Though many first-time interns believe their time will be filled with filing reports, running errands and shadowing employees, Patel received extensive on-the-job training and hands-on work.

Under the close supervision of seasoned engineers, Patel helped revise calculations necessary to make changes in plant design, involving pipes within a large production facility currently under construction at SRS. The pipes will be used to move industrial fluids from one location to another within the new building.

Patel believes the practical experience gained this summer has been highly beneficial toward supporting her career plans to become a chemical engineer.

“It’s this type of internship that makes the content we learn in class more realistic,” said Patel.

However, the “icing on the cake” for Patel this summer was a recent visit to the site’s huge H-Canyon chemical separations facility.

“I really enjoyed how the chemical processes are laid out. It is almost identical to what I have studied at USC. I can identify with it easily,” Patel stated.

This summer, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has provided more than 100 college students the opportunity to participate in internships throughout the 310-square-mile Department of Energy nuclear reservation.

The internships are important because they allow students to see firsthand where their interests lie, and decide which occupations may be a part of their future through hands-on, real life work at a large company, according to Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is a Fluor-led company whose members, Fluor Federal Services, Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell, are responsible for the management and operations of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, including the Savannah River National Laboratory.