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General Motors

Quality Engineering Intern

May - August 2022 • Bowling Green, KY

What I liked

Got to work with a wide range of great people who all have an interest in developing yourself professionally. Got to be around Corvettes all day, every day. Had a feeling I was a contributing member of the team. It was a fantastic experience!

What I wish was different

The resources offered to interns were primarily aimed at those in Michigan and no events outside of one plant tour were offered.

Advice

You must be able to adapt quickly and be able to communicate your ideas effectively with a wide range of people from plant directors to production line workers.
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Production Group Leader

May - August 2019 • Flint, MI

What I liked

I loved the fast paced environment, meeting production numbers, solving people's needs, continuous improvement of job stations and the line.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to been on first shift for the entire duration, moving to the night shift was difficult but a rewarding experience!

Advice

Take any opportunities that are presented to you! Real world experience is second to none, and the company's would like to see you learn and grow!
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Corporate Giving Intern

June - August 2021 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

I liked that although it was a major corporation, my team really had a small-business feel, they truly made me feel welcome.

What I wish was different

I wish that we could have been in person more, but I'm glad that they were taking the proper Covid protocols.

Advice

Be ready to lead. You can not be unsure of yourself or your responsibilities in this role, you will not learn as much.
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GPSC Intern

May - August 2021 • Warren, MI

What I liked

Very hands-on with a deep breadth of experiences with everything from DE&I to career growth.

What I wish was different

I wish it would have been in-person.

Advice

Great company, great internship, and great people. 10/10 recommend to anyone considering GM or the EXCEL internship program.
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Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Milford, MI

What I liked

Being onsite and working with my hands

What I wish was different

That the position was closer to home and I had a few days of work form home as an option.

Advice

Apply for a position that you may not be qualified for on paper. Even if you dont get the job you will get interview experience. Interviewing goes along way to for a successful career.
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Creative Exterior Design Intern

May - August 2021 • Warren, MI

What I liked

I liked the passion that went into each and every detail not only in the design phase, but also across each department working together under one role towards a cleaner and safer future.

What I wish was different

If the internship had been in person, it would have been ideal, so that I could have made connections more seamlessly.

Advice

I would advise to stay focused and really put your heart into the project given. It will better you as a designer and a person!
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Manufacturing Intern

May - August 2021 • Warren, MI

What I liked

I liked visiting other plants and learning new things from my managers and mentors. Also liked the diversity in the company and how friendly everyone is to one another.

What I wish was different

I have no wishes!

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you don’t understand something!
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Test Technician Intern

May - August 2021 • Warren, MI

What I liked

I liked that I was in a lab amongst technicians and engineers so I got a lot of hands-on experience

What I wish was different

I wish my lab was a little bit bigger so that there was more people to connect with

Advice

All it takes to be successful in any internship is the drive to be your best self and to put in 100% effort everyday. Come in everyday eager to learn and tackle your jobs everyday with a strong foot forward.
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Finance Operations Intern

May - August 2021 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

The project I was assigned was very interesting. The employees were all so willing to help with anything I needed. I was brought into several production plants at my request so I can see the product I was working on.

What I wish was different

It was a remote internship and i was there were more opportunities in person.

Advice

If you work hard and ask the right questions everything else will fall into place.
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Industrial Engineering Intern

June 2020 • Lockport, NY

What I liked

I really enjoyed the experience offered to me at General Motors. I was able to work with multiple different departments at the manufacturing plant. Some of the projects I enjoyed the most were creating and editing layouts, working with quality engineers to review products, and do trial runs.

What I wish was different

I don't think I would change anything about my internship, I was constantly learning new things and pushed to do my best work.

Advice

Search out more projects to work on. If there is ever a dull moment don't just sit and wait around for a new project to fall in your lap. Go out and ask your supervisor to give you more work or ask if there is anything else for you to work on. This along with seeking out projects you are interested in. If you see something that you could make better, go out and work with others to solve that problem.
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Group Lead

November 2018 • Flint, MI

What I liked

This is a supplemental on call position which offers 32 hours a week maximum and an incredible work experience. As it is part time, I have time to pursue another part time experience.

What I wish was different

I prefer no weekends, which this position is responsible for covering.

Advice

Be open to possibilities that are challenging or build some fear. Those are the best opportunities for growth.
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Product Manager Intern

June - September 2020 • Grand Blanc, MI

What I liked

my manager, the entire experience.

What I wish was different

in person.

Advice

make yourself available
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External Flow Assembly

July - August 2020 • Kokomo, IN

What I liked

The work was very simple and the job had very little pressure.

What I wish was different

I wish I had the courage to step out of my comfort zone sooner to apply for this job earlier.

Advice

Try not to balance academics along with two jobs with demanding work hours. Fortunately, I had the drive to work and gain college credits at a local community college, but it was very exhausting.
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Chevy Marketing and Advertising Intern

June - August 2020 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

Hard work and fast paced environment

What I wish was different

In person

Advice

Be prepared to work a lot, not your typical 9-5 but also depends on who your manager is.
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Quality Inspector

June 2020 • Warren, MI

What I liked

Loved the attention to detail, working on an assembly line, and the connections I made!

What I wish was different

The only thing, is I wish I was closer(I’m an hour long commute away). Housing would have been cool!

Advice

Make sure you know EVERY part of the assembly line in quality, it helps to know this when an error is found. You can go directly to the section to troubleshoot the error.
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Cost Knowledge Management Intern

June - August 2020 • Warren, MI

What I liked

Company culture and my team

What I wish was different

I wish there was more communication between interns, and I felt my work was very theoretical and detached from the product.

Advice

Always communicate with your boss. Whether it be what you want to gain from the internship, projects you want to be included in, where you see yourself in a few months, etc. you should be open about your goals with your boss.
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Environmental Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Yuma, AZ

What I liked

The people I got to work with were very kind and helpful, really amazing work environment with people who definitely cared about me and my success as an intern.

What I wish was different

Sometimes it felt as though there wasn’t much work available to keep me busy, which I think was largely due to COVID-19. I also would have enjoyed more hands-on work.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to make connections with people outside of the facility you work in or of asking questions.
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Operations Supervisor

June 2020 • Warren, MI

What I liked

LOVE being in charge of organization of both people and production processes.

What I wish was different

GM offering for housing would have been nice, or being closer. I have about an hour commute every day

Advice

Never be afraid to ask questions! Don’t let the “big” guys intimidate you. Go in and be the best you, you can be. GM is very particular on their own processes(for a good reason - they work)
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Human Resources Intern

June - August 2020 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

Highly meaningful projects, well paid, housing provided

What I wish was different

Was virtual due to COVID, wish the process would have moved a little quicker pre-offer

Advice

Be patient
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Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Intern

June - August 2020 • Warren, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed the challenges that came with working in the supply chain space during a pandemic. GM loses millions of dollars for every day one of its assembly plants is shut down because they're missing a key shipment of parts, so it was up to me and my team to ensure that all of our suppliers were going to be able to keep the supply of parts flowing despite work stoppages, mandated government shutdowns, and other issues that emerged throughout the summer.

What I wish was different

The internship was virtual because of the pandemic; typically the interns all live together in GM housing in Michigan and become really close, but that didn't happen this summer. It was still a good experience, but there wasn't that same sense of community among the interns that we would have received if we were in person.

Advice

Take advantage of your time at GM to get to know all of their different business functions and areas of operation. With a company their size, they have close to every imaginable role, so I would reach out to people across the organization and set up a few virtual coffee chats a week just to learn about their job. I'd encourage anyone who interns for GM, or any other large company, to do the same.
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