It was very exciting to be able to make significant, meaningful contributions as an intern to a Fortune 500 company.
Major: Chemical Engineering
Internship Employer: Boeing
Location: Seattle, WA
What have been the most exciting aspects of your internship? It was very exciting to be able to make significant, meaningful contributions as an intern to a Fortune 500 company. The fact that the outcomes from some of my intern projects have the potential save lives by preventing serious airplane accidents, all while saving the company millions of dollars is still amazing to me!
What are the most valuable lessons you have learned at your internship? I would say the most valuable lessons I learned at my internship are to be a "sponge" for new information by asking plenty of questions and to go out of your way to network with others. Everyone has different skillsets and different experiences, so you never know what you can learn from a simple conversation unless you give it a shot!
How has this experience enhanced your engineering education at Maryland? I have grown to appreciate and value the material I am learning in many of my engineering classes a lot more after this internship experience. Seeing some of the concepts I learned about in class being applied in real-life and on such a large scale really affirms that my engineering education was worth all the hard work!
What advice would you give other UMD engineering students seeking an internship or co-op position? Be persistent! Don't let a rejection letter bring you down; instead use it as motivation and work to improve yourself as an applicant. UMD has a plethora of resources to help you do this, including resume workshops and mock interviews, both of which I took advantage of.