It was a whirlwind of activities, educational challenges and new experiences as more than 100 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions interns ended a fulfilling summer working in nuclear facilities across the Savannah River Site.


SRNS intern Liz Johnson, a Georgia Regents University student working on a degree in nuclear physics, enjoyed the three months at SRS helping to develop a new method to analyze gasses used within the production process at the SRNS H Canyon facility.


Johnson explained that this effort has been an important improvement initiative, upgrading equipment within the same facility that once produced nuclear material to support NASA’s deep space missions.


“I got a really good view on how new processes and measuring instruments are developed,” said Johnson. “It was pretty exciting.”


SRNS President and CEO Carol Johnson noted Liz Johnson’s level of high-quality experiences while working at SRS as an intern is not unusual.


“We feel that SRNS has an obligation to help grow and train our future scientists, engineers and professionals. And our investment into these young minds brings a spark, a fresh set of ideas, and additional enthusiasm to our company. In fact, we’d like our interns to return as employees sometime in the future,” said Johnson.


Carol Johnson also noted an important goal of the SRNS internship program is to treat each intern like a full-time employee, providing a well-rounded experience.


Industrial mathematics major Ashley Elizondo, who attends USC Aiken, said she obtained a new set of skills over the summer at SRS, as well.


“I had the opportunity to apply math and computer programming principles I learned in school to my summer internship at SRS,” said Elizondo. “I’ve learned so much.”