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Novinium Celebrates 11th year of Engineering Internship Program

August 29, 2018

Kent, WANovinium, provider of electrical cable rejuvenation for power utilities, is pleased to celebrate its 11th year of offering a comprehensive, engineering internship program for university students at their headquarters in the Seattle region.  “The program is designed to give university students entering their junior or senior year, in pursuit of a degree in mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering, a chance to demonstrate their motivation and professional readiness to join a world-class engineering team,” says James Steele, who heads the summer internship program.

Shu-Ki Chan and Michelle Tolfa, Novinium engineering interns.

Now celebrating 11 years of summer engineering interns, this year’s recruitment was extremely competitive with only two interns selected from a pool of over 100 qualified candidates.  Those selected were Michelle Tolfa a second year student in the UW Master’s program of Mechanical Engineering and Shu-Ki Chan who will start at the UW’s College of Engineering this fall with a junior standing after earning an associate’s degree with Bellevue College.  The candidates chosen this year were selected for their technical aptitude with problem solving and data analysis as well as their communication skills and their comfort level working in teams.  “Our interns play an integral role in achieving project milestones and hitting our timelines,” says Steele.  “We give our interns real-work experience and enjoy the fresh approach the students bring to our team. They require a well-rounded set of skills to participate effectively in the program.”

Shu-Ki Chan agrees that the Novinium internship was very valuable.  “I definitely learned a lot through my internship, including how to use SolidWorks, operate a 3D printer, and write test reports, just to name a few,” said Chan. “My experience at Novinium was very enriching and I learned various skills and got a glimpse of what it’s like to be an engineer in the professional work field.”

Michelle Tolfa explains that Mechanical engineering is so broad, that it has been tough to narrow down her interests; this internship program helped her get a glimpse into working as an engineer.  “Novinium is a fantastic place to work, and it was cool to get firsthand insight into the research and development process,” explained Tolfa.  “I learned a lot about prototyping, experiment design and I got a good feel for what it’s like to work as an engineer.”

The success of this program has now lead Novinium to begin replicating the summer internship program in both the marketing and HR departments at Novinium as well.

For more information contact:  Beverly Thompson, Novinium, +1 253.395.4504,

About Novinium:   Novinium is the only full-service power cable expert that partners with utility companies of all sizes to keep their networks operating at peak performance, using the most advanced, capital-efficient, environmentally friendly methods available. Novinium’s founder and CEO invented the revolutionary technology behind underground cable rejuvenation more than three decades ago, and the company continues to champion ways to keep power flowing to those who depend on it. Further information is available at