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General Electric (GE)

Lean Intern

May - August 2022 • West Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

Flexible, multiple projects and things to do, culture and environment, very casual clothing

What I wish was different

A more specific project to work on

Advice

Definitely go out and network! Meet as many people as you can! Connect on LinkedIn!
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Product services intern

May - August 2022 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

What I wish was different

More involved projects

Advice

Network as much as possible within company
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Electrical Engineering Intern

June - July 2022 • Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District

What I liked

Very free yet demanding learning experience.

What I wish was different

I wish it was more organized.

Advice

You should get familiarized with the areas you're going to work on beforehand.
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Engines Engineer

May - August 2022 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I liked being in an actual office environment as it's much different than being in a classroom. I liked learning new skills and networking with the other interns and full time employees.

What I wish was different

The communication was a little lacking. I didn't know what my assignment would be until the day I started. Whenever I needed help with something it would take a few days for people to respond to me, if they even responded at all.

Advice

Make sure to network and meet as many people as you can; both people who are in the same field as you as well as people outside of your field. Also, make sure to go to the social events outside of work.
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Sourcing Intern

May - August 2022 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

I worked with amazing people and got the opportunity to work on projects that gave me a lot of valuable knowledge. The work environment was very reasonable and the people are very nice!

What I wish was different

Advice

Definitely have confidence in your abilities and be willing to listen and learn.
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Systems Engineering Intern

May - August 2022 • Dayton, OH

What I liked

I loved the work environment I got to experience at this site! I also like the work I was a part of. I really felt like I had a stake in the projects that the team was working on as well as got the chance to learn several new skills in the process. Lastly, I loved all the work events GE has during the summer!

What I wish was different

This is a hard question because I really enjoyed everything about this Co-Op. I was apart of two teams which I loved doing but it seemed I was more involved in one than the other, but if I could get a chance to go again to be more involved in the other teams projects that would have been great! I also wish there had been more intern events site based because I loved the new friends that I made but I feel bad for those that weren't included.

Advice

One piece of advice I would share is don't be afraid to ask for work, look else where than your team, and to NETWORK. These three things really helped me feel like I was part of the company and got me really familiarized with GE's network. The more you talk to people the more likely you are to get new opportunities and get insight about things you didn't think about before. I would also say go to work events! It's so fun to meet people outside of work and try to talk less about work.
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Engineering Co-Op

January - May 2022 • Vandalia, OH

What I liked

The projects were very independent and the people were really nice! I also got to meet a lot of company executives. I really enjoyed the informational meetings on the company and learning about graduate programs from Dayton Flyer Alumni. We were able to tour other sites which was really fun and beneficial for networking. Lastly, the intern network they provide with other national GE interns was fun because they made events outside of work available.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more hands-on work at times. I also would have liked if they were more specific on the process of where they station you at. As well as, more specific on what you are applying for because they were several departments in systems with very different projects. The room we were in did not have a heater so it was very freezing at times. Lastly, I wish the onboarding process was a little more organized and directed.

Advice

My advice would be to network and always put 100% into your work regardless if it's something you enjoy or not. I think at times the work was not something that was particularly interesting because it was so repetitive at times. Giving 100% to something like that not only gives you a good reputation but, allows you to see things you didn't see before and develop an interest in it even if you didn't start off with one. Also, networking is incredibly important because you want to maintain connections after the experiences.
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Supply Chain Intern

May - August 2022 • Madisonville, KY

What I liked

I really enjoyed working in the aviation field and learning about the complex manufacturing processes required to manufacture turbine blades for a multitude of different engine programs. I liked the freedom to choose my own projects and apply myself in projects that I was interested in. I felt that I was able to make a difference and improve the manufacturing process at my site. The pay is also very good compared to other internship programs in the engineering field.

What I wish was different

I wish there was a more clear laid out plans for the projects I was expected to complete over the course of the summer. I was always having to chase down multiple different people trying to gain background information in order to start projects. However this did force me to learn more and take more initiative, which is good, but I think I could've been more productive and useful with a better plan. Lastly, I would've liked to have known my location assignment prior to signing and accepting the offer, but that's just how the intern program works.

Advice

My piece of advice would be to take as much initiative as possible. Your intern experience is what you make of it, so to get the most out of it you have to put your most into the experience. There are times when you're going to have to bother people to learn from them, and that will be uncomfortable. The struggle is how you learn and how you carry things over into your career.
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EID Intern

May - August 2022 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed the technical aspect of my role as an Applied Instrumentation Design Engineer a lot. I felt like there was always something to learn throughout this role. I also had an extremely welcoming team that were readily available whenever I had questions to ask. Furthermore, I appreciated the confidence my team had in me to get my work done effectively and efficiently.

What I wish was different

I think the onboarding process should be streamlined in order to ensure a smooth transition once the role starts. Waiting for access to certain programs and hardware sets interns back in the work they are doing. Since we are only in these roles for a short period of time, it would be beneficial to have these accesses as early as possible. I also think more consistent work would be helpful, as there were times when I felt I had little to do, and other times where I was overwhelmed with work.

Advice

I would start by saying that this is a role that takes a person who is excited to learn. Consistently ask questions and try to dig deeply into the technical aspects of instrumentation, as there is a lot to learn. Take advantage of your facility, as you have the opportunity to see pretty much the entire process by which parts move across the floor and get tested in different test cells. Finally, I would say have fun, nobody likes being rigidly professional all the time, get to know your team outside of just their jobs, network and grow.
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Digital Technology Intern

May - August 2022 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I really enjoyed working at GE Aviation this summer! My role consisted of working on the Digital Supply Chain RFID team, which enabled me to get hands-on in both logistic sites and product management. The team I was a part of gave lots of insightful advice as well as techniques to make my internship worthwhile. Michael Biggs, Reggie White, and other intern program leaders made me feel welcomed and included in the GE family as soon as I started. I loved connecting and working with other DT Interns throughout the summer while also making friends in the process. Overall, my time at GE has been a great experience!

What I wish was different

One thing I wished went a bit smoother was orientation day. I felt lost at times and being separate from the larger group put us at a disadvantage. Another thing I wish was a bit different was directions after the first day. As a DT Intern, we had a 4-day onboarding process which gave great insight into the business and its needs. During that orientation, I found that my assignment leader works remotely in Michigan. I talked to her, but not as much as I would have in the office. I feel like having an assignment leader that you can be face to face with can help ease the hardships of learning a new job.

Advice

One piece of advice I would give is to try something new. Meet up with other interns after work for an hour of top golf or go see a baseball game. They are in the same boat as you, and it's nice to meet new people. Also, reach out to as many people as you can. Figure out what you like, dislike, and want to be a part of. You may not like the role you were given, but you can find out what you want to do. A 15-minute one-on-one with someone within a different org can take you to so many different places.
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EID Intern

June - August 2022 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I really liked the independence they gave me. I was able to go out and ask for work, and they would give me work that I would be capable of and gave me training on various equipment. It was really nice learning new things, and my favorite thing would have to be using their new X-Ray. I worked with two teams, Materials and Components, but each one had plenty of work for me, and it was great having a variety of tasks. I love that I got to work on two projects with reports, it gave me plenty of experience with how GE operates and is always caring for their product.

What I wish was different

I wish they offered a meet and greet with other interns on-site. We were all sort of spread out, and it would've been nice to meet people and form those in-person early on. It would also be nice to have events set up similar to those in Lynn and Cincinnati/Dayton, my site really didn't have anything, and I would've loved to participate in those events, but that's usually up to the Professional Development Committee. But overall, I had a great time with some great teams.

Advice

I would say don't be afraid to look for work, they're more than happy to give you something. Don't be surprised if a simple task turns into a whole project, because that's what happened to me, but it was great to see the initial beginnings and see it through to the end with the report. Don't find just one task to do, because it can quickly get boring, unless you're the type of person that enjoys focusing on one. I like doing one thing for a bit, then taking a 'break' from it by doing another task, that way I can finish two tasks around the same time, but be sure to not overload yourself.
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NPI Lab Assistant

May - August 2022 • Dayton, OH

What I liked

I worked alongside a very knowledgeable team of engineers, and all of them helped to create a productive, yet relaxed environment. They always made themselves available for any questions I had and offered feedback on various tasks I was given. Even though they had much more experience than me, my colleagues were always very respectful and showed genuine interest in what I had to say. Additionally, I was given plenty of projects throughout my rotation, many of which forced me out of my comfort zone and helped me to develop a handful of new skills.

What I wish was different

The onboarding process throughout the first couple of weeks was tedious at times. Many computer programs and rooms on-site required special access, which took a little longer than expected to set up and receive. It would've been helpful to have a thorough list of what I needed to request so that I could jump straight into work as opposed to waiting around for clearance. Also, I would've liked to have had a better idea of the purpose behind some of my work. Since so many people were working on the same project at once, it was difficult at times to understand the larger goal of the group and how my specific role impacted others.

Advice

Be open to communicating and interacting with others, especially when you need feedback. At first, I felt intimidated to ask my coworkers for help, but I quickly realized this was only holding me back from growing in my role. By opening up and reaching out to others nearby, I was able to learn a lot and leverage their talent to help accomplish my tasks faster. I think my coworkers also appreciated me reaching out because it demonstrated that I was eager to learn.
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Engineering Co-op

May - August 2022 • West Chester, OH

What I liked

I especially liked the number of tours and events hosted to expose us as co-ops to the rest of the company. They served as a great experience as well as a great networking opportunity. One of my favorites in particular was the tour of the engines testing facility in Peebles Ohio. I think that this really helped me to know what is out there as well as show me how my work can impact other parts of the company.

What I wish was different

I wish that the company how more work ready for me to take on. When I first arrived at work there were one or two very small tasks that were passed along to me otherwise it seemed like it was up to me to find my own work that I could do. This created a very slow first 2 months. I also wish that more people were required to come into work because especially as a co-op without a company phone, it is very hard to work with people who are not there.

Advice

My one piece of advice going forward is do not be afraid to branch out beyond your group. There is always lots to be done you just have to find the right people and the only way to do that is to reach out. After I started bugging what seemed like everyone in the company, I started getting some meaningful work that has certainly had a positive impact on me. Most people are nice and are happy to have your help.
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Aviation Quality Engineering Co-op

May - August 2022 • West Jefferson, NC

What I liked

GE Aviation does a great job and giving their co-ops meaningful work that has a direct impact to the business. Throughout all of my rotations I have experienced that people at GE want to help each other succeed, this is very evident in the openness to answer questions, pass on best practices, and listen to new ideas. I have enjoyed working on rotating hardware, which are very critical components of our engines.

What I wish was different

Although the work is very meaningful and impactful at times there can be a lack of work or down time between projects. This can be a function of many things, but personally I thrive in a fast passed environment with lots of tasks and a wide variety of responsibilities. I fully understand that it is tough to bring someone up to speed with day to day operations and tasks within 12 weeks, but if you have a constant rotation of co-ops through that role that can pass along the day to day tasks they will never fall to the rest of the team. This is just a thought I have had across my rotations.

Advice

I have learned countless things through my work experiences, but there are three pieces of advice that I offer to anyone who asks. First, ask questions, whether that be to your mentor, boss, senior leadership, or the technician on the floor by doing this you not only educate yourself but also can provoke thought within them. Second, listen before you speak, I think this is an extremely valuable trait to master especially early in your career, chances are whoever you're interacting with knows more than you and that is ok but take it as a chance to learn and fully understand what they are conveying to you prior to speaking out your own thoughts or opinions. Lastly, do not be afraid to take risks, I do not mean be reckless and thoughtless but rather do not be confined to the norms try to ask why and push what is possible because you might just think of something remarkable.
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R3560419 GE Aviation Systems Engineering Intern - Summer 2022

May - August 2022 • Vandalia, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to learn and get my hands on different parts of the aviation business. It opened my eyes to the corporate experience within a large company. Additionally, I really enjoyed the many shin work and out of work events that GE put together. They really allowed all of the interns to see other facilities and parts of the business that wouldn't normally be available. Lastly, they allowed interns to meet and network both with each other and full time employees throughout the company.

What I wish was different

I wish I would've have received some more work and maybe more important work. At the end of my term I ran out of tasks and projects to complete. Additionally, some more assistance from my assignment leader and other individuals in my team would've helped me out more. These factors did force me out of my comfort zone to contact other individuals from my teams and others to get more work. It also gave me time to set up sessions to get to know others and connect with people at GE Aviation.

Advice

Be sure to take advantage of all intern events and opportunities. GE does a fantastic job of having events that include both interns and full time employees. These are always accessible and a great opportunity to network and figure out what other people do and their roles within GE. Almost all fulltime employees at GE are always there help out and sit down to talk about their positions if you are interested. In addition, make sure to go out of your was to make connections and set up Get-To-Knows with other people whether they are interns or full time employees and be sure to ask questions.
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Engines Engineer

May - August 2022 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed learning new topics. I was doing software development and I had never used many of the languages and frameworks the application I was working on used. It was also great to get familiar with working in an office and engineering environment. Actual engineering and collaboration is much different in the classroom, so I'm glad I got to have the office experience. It was also great to be able to network with actual engineers and see what their career paths have been. I liked that I wasn't constantly being hovered over and watched, it made me feel more confident in what I was doing.

What I wish was different

Communication was subpar. I had to wait days to get a response from someone, if I even got a response. I realize that full time employees have their own jobs to attend to, but some wouldn't respond to simple questions I had. The office environment wasn't quite what I was expecting--I thought it would be a lot more collaborative, but it's just a bunch of cubicles and everyone seemed to work independently for most of the day. I also wish I could've explored the electrical engineering side of things more since I would like to work on computer hardware for a career. I enjoy programming, I just didn't want it to be my main job focus.

Advice

If you want people to help you on projects, you really have to bother them to get a response. If you're stuck on a problem with your project, you might have a lot of downtime in between responses from your team. It might be a good idea to get two or three projects going so that you aren't bored waiting for responses. I was working on my projects alone without other interns or even full time employees on my team, so it's important to reach out to people if you're stuck.
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Aviation Systems Engineering Intern

June - August 2022 • Dayton, OH

What I liked

I worked as a testing/manufacturing engineering intern. I enjoyed many aspects of my internship, including my colleagues and my assignment. I worked with a very supportive team, and I always felt included and involved. One colleague I worked with in particular was especially supportive and became an electrical engineering mentor to me. Also, I enjoyed the hands-on skills I gained from my assignments that will help me succeed as an electrical engineer.

What I wish was different

I wish the onboarding process was easier. When I extended my internship from my past role to my current role at a different location, I was not included in the intern emailing lists I had been included in before. As a result, I missed important emails and was unaware that I was missing them. Also, I had issues obtaining the badge access necessary to access areas of the lab I was working in.

Advice

Make the most of every opportunity and ask questions. From my experiences, everyone has been eager to answer questions and teach me about the topics at hand and more. Also, know the way you best stay organized and make sure to manage your time on projects. I was given multiple projects to work on at once, and staying organized and writing down my priorities have helped me manage them.
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GE Aviation Systems Engineering Co-Op/Intern

January - August 2022 • Vandalia, OH

What I liked

I worked as a Product Support and Services Engineering Intern at the Vandalia, OH, site, and there were so many things I liked about it. For example, I liked that my supervisor was actively engaged. She met with me regularly so we could discuss my projects and so I could voice any thoughts or questions I had. I also like GE’s culture of encouraging questions. I never was made to feel ashamed or embarrassed when I asked simple questions; my questions were appreciated and encouraged. Additionally, I liked how GE has an established networking system that makes it easy for interns to meet with other engineers and expand their professional network. I met with so many amazing people who had helpful insights to share. I also liked having formal and informal mentorships for professional development, technical engineering development, and more.

What I wish was different

I wish the onboarding process would have been quicker and easier. As part of the onboarding process, co-ops/interns have online tasks they have to fulfill before their start date. Some of the tasks included answering questions and surveys about their experiences preparing for the co-op internship in a variety of ways. I arranged to live at home and drive to work each day, so answering questions about the moving process to fulfill online survey requirements was not applicable. I wish I could have answered more questions about topics that better applied to my situation. Overall, I wish the surveys part of the onboarding requirements would have been more tailored to each possible housing situation, especially for those living at home.

Advice

One piece of advice I would like to share about this experience is to really take advantage of the opportunities available. For example, take advantage of the networking opportunities available because there are so many amazing people to meet and so many things to learn from them. I know so much more about the professional world and electrical engineering from the networking sessions I have had. Also, take advantage of the mentorship opportunities. I had a couple mentors, and they were incredible in really investing in teaching me and empowering me to become the best engineer I can be. Overall, to get the most out of your co-op/internship, you have to invest in it by taking hold of the many opportunities it has to offer.
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EIC Intern / Co-op

September - December 2021 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I worked at the GE Aviation ACSC repair facility in Springdale, OH. My co-workers were very nice and easy to get along with. They were always willing to explain a process or concept that was new to me, and on most days the work place at ACSC is very relaxed with little to no micromanagement for co-ops. I feel that people in ACSC are free to be very genuine, and do not have to adhere to many workplace formalities. This made it easy to have conversations and any nerves quickly dissipate. It was nice to get an inside look at how expensive engine parts are handled, and there was always something new to learn about the processes that parts go through. I also thought it was nice that my assignment leader had periodic meetings with me.

What I wish was different

At times I felt the details of the projects I was given were not fully understood by those who assigned the projects to me. I was often told by employees who I was referred to that the tasks I was assigned to were out of the scope of an intern--sometimes they even seemed out of the scope of the employees themselves. Some of the things I was doing seemed temporary and redundant. When I was given a new task, it was often very hastily explained in a way that seemed too abstract for a new co-op. I think it would be useful to be as concrete as possible with co-ops assignments; establish a clear vision of what the end goal for the project should look like and/or accomplish. Overall, I would say ACSC needs to prepare better for new interns before they arrive at the plant, improve on providing co-ops basic and comprehensive information to understand important repair/ACSC processes, and be much more formal and clear about co-op responsibilities.

Advice

If you are a new co-op ACSC, take notes frequently. There are a lot of acronyms.
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Digital Technology Intern

May - August 2021 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

- Modern Technology - Worked on a meaningful project - Great mentorship from senior developers - Company culture is moving in the right direction - Digital Technology program overall is run very well - My manager was great

What I wish was different

I wish more people would have come into the office. My team only went in one day a week so I felt a bit disconnected.

Advice

Go out of your way to meet people. Set up one to ones with as many people as you can.
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