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Recent interviews with the co-founders of I.D.E.A.S. at the University of Central Florida shed some light on the Department of Energy and its Student Ambassador Program. Chris Castro and Henry Harding were both very supportive of the department and its efforts to actively recruit young people. Castro is the National Expansion and Operations Director of I.D.E.A.S. at UCF. He was one of only six interns to participate in the program last year and now he represents the department in its designated Southeast region. Chris went on to say that his experience within the department was invaluable. He stated he now has a better understanding of how the Department of Energy operates and how government organizations function as a whole. Chris was able to take this knowledge and apply it upon his return to the University of Central Florida. Students looking to get involved with the Department of Energy now have a reliable option to talk with on campus.

Henry Harding spoke of the importance of the Student Ambassador Program as well. Harding is I.D.E.A.S. Public Relations and Facilitation Director. In his opinion the program makes department policies much more relatable to college students. I.D.E.A.S. is promoting its own policies with the help of The Southern Energy Network. Through its partnership with the Energy Department many interested students are finding ways to get involved. Harding says students find it much easier to talk to him about potential opportunities at the Department of Energy. Rather than hearing facts from people who are much older, students at UCF can now learn about the department’s ideas and perhaps gain future employment.

There is much more to come on this story including what the future holds for people involved with the program. The impact of the program on the UCF community will also be discussed as well as how I.D.E.A.S. is spreading across the country.


Written by ArthurVolpe

October 21, 2010 at 12:15 am

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