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Physical Security Compliance Specialist Intern (Regulatory Compliance) - Summer 2023


Akron, OH, US, 44308

Job Function:  Information Technology
Employee Type:  Student Full Time
Requisition ID:  64324

FirstEnergy at a Glance

We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 3,500 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. [SC00]


The ability to work remotely within the United States may be available based on business need.  This option is not available in the states of California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oregon or Washington at this time.


Our Corporate Security group provides the operational and governance support for physical security, including compliance with the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) requirements and business continuity management for all FirstEnergy personnel and assets. 


As a participant in the Co-op/Intern Professional Development Program, you will be cultivating professional skills and performing professional level work at FirstEnergy. Each participant will receive on-the-job training, and challenging assignments to refine skills and round out competencies. Summer Internships with FirstEnergy are full-time opportunities spanning 13 weeks. FirstEnergy offers paid internships to qualified students actively enrolled in an accredited university or college. 


The Physical Security Compliance Specialist supporting the Regulatory Compliance program at FirstEnergy develops, maintains, and supports the Physical Security Compliance Team with tasks related to NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance. Additionally, this position may support the business continuity program to meet regulatory and company requirements. 


This position is unique as it focuses on the administrative and compliance aspects of physical security.  


Responsibilities of a Physical Security Compliance Specialist:  

  • Conduct research and interpret regulatory standards and policies to ensure Corporate Security business practices align with compliance requirements. 

  • Document and maintain procedures related to physical security compliance. 

  • Prepare evidence for regulatory audits and investigations. 

  • Participate in internal assessments to ensure implemented compliance programs satisfactorily meet regulatory requirements. 

  • Assist business units and departments with preparation of Business Continuity Plans. 


Applicant Requirements: 

  • Currently enrolled, full time, in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university/college with a major in Business Administration, Business Continuity, Emergency Management or similar discipline 

  • Class Standing – Senior (Graduating in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024) or Junior (Graduating in Fall 2024 or Spring 2025). 

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 

  • Must have the ability to work without sponsorship (now or in the future) 


Preferred Skills/Experience: 

  • Able to compose well-written, professional documents and reports with minimal editorial and proofing support 

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office line of products, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint 

  • Demonstrate strong communication skills, both verbal and written, to effectively participate on a team and in remote meetings and conference calls 

  • Highly motivated to work independently and productively and learn quickly 

  • Must be organized and work well with constant priority changes 

  • Proven team player, contributes to team goals, encourages, and supports team members 

  • Willingness to undertake assignments involving unfamiliar subjects 

  • Organizational skills to prioritize and plan work, multi-task and meet schedules 

  • Ability to work remotely, utilizing virtual technologies 

  • Strong attention to detail 

  • Strong technical writing skills 



Resume Requirements:   

Please include your Major/Minor/Degree, GPA, and anticipated graduation date on your resume. 


Resume Suggestions:  

We encourage you to include on your resume courses completed relevant to the position you are applying. Additionally, tell us about school projects where you utilized the skills needed for the position. Technology enthusiasts: be sure to describe your tech hobbies and use of technology outside of the classroom on your resume. 


To Apply: 

All applicants must create an account on FirstEnergy’s Career Opportunities website to be eligible and to apply for this position. 


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

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FirstEnergy Human Resources Team

Nearest Major Market: Akron
Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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