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Computer Engineering Intern

May 2023 • Severn, MD

What I liked

I liked that it was an inclusive environment and that I got to meet a lot of people in different areas of the business. I also enjoyed directly working on a major project and having a peer mentor.

What I wish was different

I wish my peer mentor was not spread so thin, or if I had a peer mentor that was not assigned to all the CompE interns. I also wish there was more of an in-person atmosphere, as the majority of my team worked remotely

Advice

Ask a lot of questions and take advantage of all the learning resources that are offered!
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Fire Protection Engineering Intern

May 2023 • Arlington, VA

What I liked

Jacobs is a wonderful company that really prioritizes their employees. My time at Jacobs is well spent as I work with the Fire Protection Engineering team, one of the most unique teams I have ever worked with. Fire Protection Engineers are hard to come by so working with an entire team of them at Jacobs was really special.

What I wish was different

The only thing that I wished was different was the amount of site visits I had done. Since the internship is so short-lived and inspections/flow tests are scheduled months in advance, I didn't have that many opportunities to pursue them. But a full-time employee would have no problem scheduling them.

Advice

Fire Protection Engineering at Jacobs uses a lot of Revit, CAD, and Sprinkler calculations. Coming in with even a basic understanding of Revit, hydraulics, and NFPA codes would put you in a good position to start an internship.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2023 • Sharonville, OH

What I liked

During this internship, I worked as a mechanical engineering intern mostly doing HVAC and utilities such as chilled water and heating hot water. My first task was to perform airflow calculations on the air handling units (AHUs) in the warehouse and utility buildings of a pharmaceutical plant. The goal was to calculate heating and cooling required for each AHU, and the flow of chilled and hot water in order to do so. Another task was to calculate the energy savings of heat recovery wheels in the AHUs. I learned about the different types of heat recovery systems such as the heat recovery wheel and the heat recovery coil. These use the temperature of the return air to heat or cool the outside air coming in, and therefore results in less chilled and hot water required. My last project was to edit airflow and instrumentation diagrams (AF&IDs) using AutoCAD. In addition to those projects, I also had some smaller tasks such as making pump and heat exchanger selections. The thing that I liked the most about this internship was the variety of people I was able to work with. I worked with people at all levels of the company and at various stages of their careers. This allowed me to get different perspectives about how people handle projects and tasks. I also enjoyed the various intern events that allowed me to meet other interns and learn about different departments such as mechanical, piping, architectural, structural, electrical, and digital delivery. I learned about how these departments must work together in order to stay on schedule and deliver an end goal. Overall, I feel like I learned a lot about HVAC and utilities in a commercial setting.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have gotten to do some design work in addition to the calculations I did. I felt like I was working behind the scenes and would like to get more experience working with the client. I hope to learn more about Revit during my next term to get more experience with design work. In addition, I wish more people came into the office. I spent quite a bit of time waiting around for answers to questions. I feel like it is a lot more productive to be able to ask someone a question in person as opposed to waiting for responses to messages. It is also easier to learn as an intern when more people are around to interact with.

Advice

The biggest piece of advice I have is don't be afraid to ask questions. This is a learning experience and the best way to learn is to ask questions. In addition to that, it is ok to make mistakes. Managers do not expect you to know how to do everything coming in, and there will not be any tasks given to you that you can mess up too badly as an intern. Next, come in with an open mind as this is an opportunity to learn about what you do and do not like to do. Lastly, I have found that it is much more efficient to make a phone call as opposed to messaging through Teams. This not only decreases downtime, but also builds relationships with other people you are working with.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

June 2021 • Atlanta, GA

What I liked

Interns were very well welcomed, I felt like I was apart of the company even though it was a temporary job. I learned a lot, got to touch on different softwares and was trained accordingly.

What I wish was different

I wished that I had more opportunities of being at the office. I was able to go to the office for about 2 to 3 weeks, but after the Covid cases rose, Jacobs decided to put us in a virtual setting.

Advice

I was not planning to get an internship the summer, but I first applied as I wanted to see if I would get any chance to interview. It turned out well, so one important advice is don’t be scared to apply to multiple companies even thought you are not planning on doing internships, it is a way to practice for when the right time comes. Also don’t be scared to ask questions, everyone knows you are an intern and it actually makes you look good as you seem interested and eager to learn. Lastly, don’t limit yourself to small companies because you don’t come from an « Ivy League university » companies look for out of classroom experience, if you have that nothing can stop you, but if you don’t find a way to get that experience. These are the advices I think are the best, following this will definitely lead you to you dream company!
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Quantitative Finance Intern

October 2018 - April 2019 • White Sands Missile Range, NM

What I liked

Workplace

What I wish was different

Workload

Advice

Being Excel proficient
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Sustainable acquisition

October 2018 - August 2019 • Las Cruces, NM

What I liked

Work environment

What I wish was different

Location

Advice

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Civil Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Bedford, NH

What I liked

This was my first time working for a private firm so it was interesting to see how it differs from the public sector. I was able to work on a variety of different projects and learned about new softwares.

What I wish was different

The only thing I wish was different would be to have had some of the internship in person or be able to go on site visits, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, that wasn't possible. I was okay with this because it means the company puts their workers safety as a top priority.

Advice

If you are going to work for a private firm for the first time, be ready for a faster pace environment. That was the biggest difference I noticed between working for the public sector versus the private sector was that the private sector tends to move through projects more quickly.
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Process Engineer Intern

June - August 2020 • Conshohocken, PA

What I liked

I really liked that I was able to interact with senior management as much as I wanted. Once, I even was able to organize a meeting with the COO of the company even though he was personally responsible for 10,000's of employees. People were really accessible to me.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to do more technical work involving calculations rather than diagrams

Advice

Definitely reach out to as many people as you can!
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Structural Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I liked the real-world technical experience I gained from this internship.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Instrument and Control Systems Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I really enjoyed all of the networking opportunities available.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to meet new people in different departments.

Advice

I think you shouldn’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions even if they aren’t related to the work you are doing. Go talk to people higher up in the company about professional development and what they enjoy about their job.
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Process Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I liked to people I worked with and they made it easier for me to want to be at work. I also liked to be more apart of the project, the kept me involved and invited me to meetings so I knew what the project was all about.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to go to the site to see the project that I was working on to see the progress I had help make throughout the summer.

Advice

I would say if you work for a contracting company, or any engineering business to get informed about how all the disciplines worked together. My first internship was focused on what the process team did for the project, but I learned a lot more about how the process worked and went together because I got familiar with how all the disciplines worked together.
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Devops

May 2019 • Titusville, FL

What I liked

Everything!

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Get your training done quickly
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Civil Engineering Intern

April - September 2019 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

Got exposure to real structural engineering work!

What I wish was different

Perhaps more training on how to perform job tasks instead of self-learning.

Advice

Never be afraid to ask questions when you are feeling lost at work.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Merritt Island, FL

What I liked

Employees are really friendly and eager to help interns.

What I wish was different

Organization of the internship program is almost nonexistent.

Advice

Working at the Space Center is amazing.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

July 2019 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

I got great experience working with project managers, sitting in on meetings, some field experience, and lots of new office skills.

What I wish was different

I wish that I received more technical support from coworkers as I ran into computer stoppages almost every day.

Advice

Get a job! Any experience is good experience, it will help guide you to something and possibly show you what your next step in life should be.
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Marketing & Communications Intern

May - August 2019 • Englewood, CO

What I liked

Great Internship, awesome skills. Very independent work - most days I wouldn’t see my supervisor but get assigned tasks.

What I wish was different

More intern collaboration

Advice

Learn how to be a self-starter. You won’t always be given guidance you have to go out and get that yourself.
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CCM Intern

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I learned a lot about CCM and other operations of the company (sales, design)

What I wish was different

I was doing a lot of the same thing I did the previous summer, soI wish I was challenged a little bit more.

Advice

You get what you put into the internship. Ask a lot of questions, the employees of the company are always willing to help!
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Field sample handler intern

April - September 2019 • Dugway, UT

What I liked

It gave a lot of experience in multiple areas, and it lead to a job after college.

What I wish was different

I wish I had done more data analytics.

Advice

The best way to get a job is through your personal network.
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Civil Intern

June - August 2019 • Englewood, CO

What I liked

Friendly work environment. Awesome intern program.

What I wish was different

Would have liked a little more guidance.

Advice

Participate in the Intern Competition Events! It's a great way to meet others and learn about what they are doing and opportunities available to you.
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Mechanical Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Greenville, SC

What I liked

The managers and fellow engineers were always ready to help. There was no such thing as a stupid question and everybody was super supportive.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more work for me to work on, however this is the nature of consulting engineering, you never know when a client will need to put a project on hold.

Advice

Be ready to sit at a computer all day. Try to set up a standing desk, and don't be afraid to ask for help.
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