Black Hills Energy

Host Team

  • Melissa Garcia (Lead)
  • Brandy Johnson
  • Jill Becker
  • Alisa Neff


Emily Coffey

Hometown: Lincoln, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Political Science

About Black Hills Energy

About The Serviceship Experience

Black Hills Energy’s pilot serviceship experience with Emily began in April 2018, with the goal to address the company’s community and government relations needs on a statewide and regional level. Projects included assisting with employee advocacy and communications planning, Nebraska community giving strategy and natural gas safety outreach plan for college students. Unlike her 2017 serviceship experience, Emily was based in Lincoln, Neb,


Natural gas safety outreach plan for college students

Governmental affairs team

Exceptional perspective-building opportunities



Final Presentation


Weekly Updates

June 15, 2018

Over the last few weeks, Black Hills has welcomed a number of new interns to the company. Although many are located at the corporate headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota, there are interns throughout the region, specializing in everything from Human Resources to engineering. In July, headquarters will be hosting all of us for their annual “Intern Week,” during which we will have the opportunity to network, present our individual projects and learn more about Black Hills.

One of the internal programs at Black Hills is their Ambassador Program. These employees are the face of the company at volunteer events and present to various groups throughout the community about natural gas safety. Recently, I was able to join them for 10/11 News’ “Can Care-a-Van,” an annual food drive which takes place in communities throughout Nebraska.

All Week Four Updates

June 1, 2018

Unlike the other RFI Serviceships taking place throughout the state this summer, my experience with Black Hills Energy has been in progress since the beginning of April. My experience is also unique in that, because Black Hills is a regional natural gas provider, my work deals with the company’s priorities at a statewide and regional level.

I’m fortunate to have started my Serviceship while the Nebraska legislature was still in session because it gave me the opportunity to accompany my lead mentor to the capitol on one of the legislature’s final and busiest days. It was really fascinating to see the lobbying process firsthand, and helped me to understand the importance of educating and working with elected officials on issues that have implications for the utility. Each year there are a number of legislative bills that have the potential to affect the ability of Black Hills’ customers and employees to safely access affordable natural gas.


All Week Two Updates