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Idaho National Laboratory - Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC

Test Engineer Intern

August - October 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

There was a lot of room for learning and innovation. I had one project to work on, but it involved many different jobs, including circuit design and simulation, PCB design, software/program development, and prototype construction, soldering, and testing. It also included some data collection and performance evaluation.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to be there and to take part in more projects.

Advice

The only way I was able to make it into this internship was through networking and making a good impression with the work I did in Senior Project. Once at INL, I talked with the people I worked around, learned from them, and they saw the good work I did. Now they are great connections for me if I want to work for INL, even if it isn't in the same department. My piece of advice I would share is that networking is essential!
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Drafter

November 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

Great company, employees, and benefits.

What I wish was different

Everything was great!

Advice

Prepare for your interview more than you think you need to
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Student Researcher

May - August 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

The exposure to cutting edge developments in material science and the opportunity to contribute to further developments by using my skills in data analysis. And, of course, the opportunity to learn more about analysis and data acquisition on the job from world class experts.

What I wish was different

I feel like I could achieve more with greater autonomy and I feel like the process of obtaining the certifications necessary to be more autonomous could be substantially streamlined. As it stands, this process is motivated mostly at your own insistence.

Advice

Expect to spend some time studying. Be prepared to self-motivate, drive your own engagement, and communicate with your supervisor. One must make their own success in this position.
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Web Developer

June - September 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

I was able to be tutored by my own mentor, who took a lot of time from his schedule to be able to teach me more about the Computer Science field. There were also lots of events that they had around the facilities, and I was able to get paid for going to those events.

What I wish was different

Sometimes it can be difficult to be able to keep up with a full-time schedule week-in and week-out. I wish they could have allowed a little more leeway towards allowing me to work less or work more depending on the week.

Advice

There is a lot to cover with these internships. They don't expect you to know everything when going into the job, but they do expect you to try and learn as much as you can. That's the main idea behind the whole internship.
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Mechanical Engineer

July 2018 - August 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

The new type of work and different learning environment.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more responsibilities and I wish people were more clear about deadlines

Advice

Know your worth, think highly of yourself and that you stand out.
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Planning and Financial Controls Intern

May - August 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

I learned a lot about working for a government contractor and how to apply basic budgeting skills.

What I wish was different

I wish I had done the internship earlier in my educational career to gain more real-life experience.

Advice

I had the opportunity to get to know many people in key positions at the lab. Be sure to talk with them and get to know them. They often have valuable advice and it can lead to more opportunities.
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Computer Programmer

May - August 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

The internship program

What I wish was different

Was able to work more

Advice

Ask questions
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SULI Intern

May - August 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

I enjoyed the high level of independence working at INL. Having the opportunity to troubleshoot challenges on my own helped me to develop stronger critical thinking skills, and in the end I learned more about the work I was doing.

What I wish was different

My mentor traveled frequently during my internship, and I wish I could've had more in person interaction with her.

Advice

Everyone at INL has their own area of expertise, and most people were more than willing to help interns with their projects. Don't be afraid to reach out to other researchers if you have any questions.
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Cyber Systems Analyst

January 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

The experience gained there was more than I could get out of 1 year+ of studies. So many resources and opportunities for the interns!

What I wish was different

I wish I had been more aggressive at taking the many opportunities offered to me!

Advice

Take the trainings, volunteer for any opportunities, you never know when they'll let you be a part of something, even if it was originally intended for full time employees.
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Business System Intern

July 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

Not being micro-managed. Freedom to start and end day whenever as well as flexible schedule for time off.

What I wish was different

The projects were not overly related to my major. The company moves a bit slower in getting requests, such as finding projects to do. Good intentions but requests usually not followed through to completion.

Advice

Make sure you ask your mentor what you'll be doing in detail for your internship. Make sure they have a plan for you.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

June 2016 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

Great place to learn basic field engineering skills

What I wish was different

I was satisfied with my experience

Advice

Go and talk to the people who work there and become integrated into the organization instead of sitting in a cubicle all day
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Cyber Security Intern

January 2019 • Dayton, OH

What I liked

Hands-on experience with industry-standard tools, became familiar with industry laws, regulations, and practices.

What I wish was different

More meaningful work

Advice

You can learn as much as you want to at INL. Take advantage of it!
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Power Management Intern

June - August 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

The people make the job amazing. I was so lucky to work with an amazing group of people, and they took time out of their already busy days to teach me.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have spent more time there.

Advice

Keep an open mind, and try to learn something new every day
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System engineer intern

June 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

Everyone is very helpful and the projects were interesting to work on.

What I wish was different

I didn't have to commute so far to work.

Advice

Go for any internship applying what you have learned and soaking up the knowledge that can only be gained by be ing in the work force.
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Intern

February 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

I loved my work the most. I learned so much in the lab and I always had fun doing it.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time in the lab and got more data.

Advice

If you're thinking about applying, just do it. It is so worth it.
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Safeguards and Security Intern

June - August 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

My mentor was extremely helpful and taught me a lot over the course of the 15 weeks I worked at the INL. I was able to meet and network with many important people to advance my career path and expand my own network.

What I wish was different

Nothing comes to mind.

Advice

Be prepared to work hard, but it definitely pays off.
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Computer Science Intern

May 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

The people are so kind and adaptive! They will do anything to help their interns succeed and have a good experience at INL.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have known more about distributed systems before starting this internship.

Advice

Be open about programming languages! Just because you learned C++ in your classes doesn’t mean you’re going to actually use it very much. You will have to learn many more.
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Human factors and controls intern

April - September 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

I loved how friendly and helpful the people I worked with were. Everyone was patient and willing to help me learn what I needed to learn to succeed

What I wish was different

My first month was pretty boring since I only was reading research papers. Getting to work on an actual project sooner would have been nice

Advice

Be humble. You don’t know nearly enough yet.
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Chemistry intern

February - August 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

The Idaho National Lab is a fantastic place to work. They really appreciate the interns and it shows. This internship also gave me the opportunity to learn more about the chemistry field.

What I wish was different

There isn’t much that I wish was different, I just wish it didn’t end.

Advice

To get the most out of the internship, be willing to do anything your mentor asks, that’s how you learn.
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Project Intern

June - August 2019 • Idaho Falls, ID

What I liked

I enjoyed the many experiences and opportunities I was given at INL. I met many inspiring people who were willing to help and educate me along the way.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Always be open to new experiences. You may never find something you love if you don’t open yourself up to new opportunities.
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