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General Atomics

Engineering Intern

May - July 2021 • Poway, CA

What I liked

The experience as a whole was awesome. The people I worked with were great, and the work environment was relaxing but also hardworking. They gave me the opportunity to grow and prove myself to the people I was working around.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Try to connect with as many co-workers as possible. Some people have previous work experience or wisdom that can really help you with getting to know what you want to do with your future.
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2021 • Poway, CA

What I liked

Everything… the team was great.. other interns made the work environment fun… learned a lot about the company

What I wish was different

Maybe a faster startup in the development process

Advice

Just be ready to adapt and learn and speak up… it’s your time to shine so make the most of it
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Thermal and Electromagnetic Engineering Intern

June - August 2021 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Lots of opportunity to learn. Engineers were friendly. Presented my end of summer project to company executives.

What I wish was different

Nothing. I want to go back!

Advice

Ask a lot of questions
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Financial Advisor Intern

June - August 2021 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Paid for housing

What I wish was different

More involved in the company

Advice

Try to seek an internship where you will learn a lot
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Engineering Intern

June - August 2021 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Compensation Coworkers/Office Culture Meaningful Projects

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Take lots of notes
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Business Operations Intern

October 2019 • Grand Forks, ND

What I liked

Super flexible and understanding students have busy lives, even in the summer.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2020 • Englewood, CO

What I liked

I was hands on with important projects throughout the summer and worked with a team of interns and full time engineers. I was required to learn at a fast pace and apply my skills on the job.

What I wish was different

My mentor was very busy and could not dedicate much time to directing and teaching myself and the other intern until after about 5pm every day. I wish that we had more ability to learn from other engineers at the company instead of only one mentor. This happens at General Atomics because of the government work they do.

Advice

I advise to approach internships with a goal of learning on the job and applying those skills. I believe that being able to learn new skills and use them is more important than being amazing from the start. If you are looking to find an internship, show employers your learning ability in a real world context.
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Intern III

October 2019 - February 2020 • La Jolla, CA

What I liked

It was a phenomenal work environment. Everyone that I worked for was supportive and encouraging. I was kept busy.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be up front with your employer about what you're willing to do, whether it be time commitment or otherwise, and let them know when the boundaries you described are being pushed. The people at General Atomics did a great job making sure that they weren't asking too much of me.
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Purchasing Intern

June - August 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

The culture

What I wish was different

higher pay

Advice

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Business Analyst Intern

July 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Great company with great benefits. Would highly recommend for any student looking for a future prospective employer. I learned a significant amount about business process in the time that I have been at GA

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Make sure you are knowledgeable about what the role entails/company background before you interview. Sets you apart from other candidates.
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Materials Engineer Research Intern

June - August 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

It was good experience to work full time in a professional environment where I was able to conduct and analyze a materials engineering experiment.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Systems Engineer Intern

June - August 2017 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Their internship program included events to get to know other divisions in the company (ex. see drone test flights in the desert) and bond with other interns, yet they still prioritized our learning experience.

What I wish was different

I wish there had not been budget cuts that affected my project.

Advice

Ask a lot of questions and network outside of your department.
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army software engineer

June - August 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

The company and exciting work

What I wish was different

I wish I could do more e.e

Advice

Networking is so important
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Aerospace Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

The people were very friendly and I got to work on an actual, useful project while learning a lot.

What I wish was different

Advice

They were very interested in my projects section on my resume.
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