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Hanford Interns Getting a Unique Experience

RICHLAND, Wash.- Many students pour coffee or make copies during internships; not many get a chance to work with radioactive waste, like the ones at Washington Closure Hanford. 

The interns were hired through Columbia Industries's internship program, it's the first time the companies have worked together on the program.

From organizing radioactive data to designing hiring procedures, the Washington Closure Hanford interns are getting a unique taste of the working world.

They're focusing on jobs in their area of study, giving them valuable experience while still in school, and their bosses say, because of their work ethic, it's a win-win for both, especially considering the rare work environment.

"We've had two students who were on assignment out in the field, one as far as 100-N, and they get an opportunity to actually see what it is like to work on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation," said Carrie Locke, a Human Resources Specialist at Washington Closure Hanford.

They're not just doing it for the experience though, they do get a small stipend depending on their year in school.

Still, they say getting a taste of the working world is the best part of the job.