Careers in Energy Week, from October 15-21, 2012, is an effort with Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) and member companies aimed to increase the public’s awareness about energy careers through a concerted nationwide effort.

The week provides an opportunity for energy companies to connect with their local communities to build awareness of the challenges facing the U.S. around filling critical-jobs in the energy industry.

This year, in celebration of California Careers in Energy Week, PG&E, Sempra and SMUD are partnering with the California Energy and Utility Workforce Consortium to sponsor an essay contest for California high school students.

Essay Topic:

Answer the following question: “How can STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) power the future workforce of the energy industry?” Think of the significance and important role of STEM in the energy industry, specifically, how it will impact the future leaders and employees of the energy industry.

Enter California’s Careers in Energy Week’s first Annual Contest and you will:

  • Have your essay published on the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s website
  • Receive a cash prize of $500
  • Be recognized by your school principal and leaders of your local utility company

To enter, upload typed, double-spaced submissions (1,000 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to

Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. PST on October 15, 2012, and runs through 11:59 p.m. PST on November 16, 2012. Open to full time high school students from the selected high schools in California. Each participating school will select up to 10 individual student essays to submit to the Careers in Energy Week essay contest. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.)