As a product quality engineering intern, I was responsible for writing inspection steps and reviewing the manufacturing and testing steps.
Name: Brooke Albright
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Employer: Lockheed Martin Rotary & Mission Systems
Location: Syracuse, NY
How did you find the internship/co-op? What was the interview process like? I applied to my internship position directly on the Lockheed Martin Careers website, as well as many other positions within Lockheed Martin that were of interest to me. I received an email requesting me to schedule an interview, and then I completed one virtual interview before receiving an offer two months after the interview. During the interview, I was asked questions about my interest in the position, as well as various behavioral questions.
What have been the most interesting aspects of your internship? The most interesting part of my internship was working cross-functionally with manufacturing and testing engineers to write instructions for manufacturing planning for radars and maritime systems. As a product quality engineering intern, I was responsible for writing inspection steps and reviewing the manufacturing and testing steps. This provided me insight into different aspects of the manufacturing process, and allowed me to explore one career option within mechanical engineering.
Was there diversity among your colleagues within the department and throughout your internship/co-op experience? While there was some diversity among colleagues throughout my internship experience, there is definitely still room for improvement. However, Lockheed Martin has BRGs (Business Resource Groups) that promote diversity throughout the company, which helped create a welcoming and inclusive environment at the company.
Was there a formal program for all interns at the company? Was peer support available throughout the internship? Yes, Lockheed Martin has a formal internship program that aims to connect interns throughout the summer. They hosted professional and social events that allowed us to meet other interns, as well as created an internship project that allowed us to collaborate with other interns at work. While I did not work directly with other interns, peer support was available through these events.
What advice would you give other UMD engineering students seeking an internship or co-op position? Attending networking events is a great way to develop professional connections and show interest in the company. I would also advise to start applying early on in the process and to make sure to research the company and position. Additionally, I highly recommend practicing the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format for answering behavioral interview questions.