5 responses to “How to Succeed at Your Engineering Internship”

  1. Katie Edwards

    Great article! There isn’t much good advice out their for engineering internships! Thanks!

  2. Moiety

    And if you happen to be in a production environment, get down to the floor and rub shoulders with the operators and technicans.

    1. Chris Gammell

      Or rub their shoulders. They like that too. Operating machines is stressful, yo.

  3. Carmen Parisi

    I disagree with #1 in the sense that kissing up to everyone and actually showing respect are two very different things. I would categorize respect as doing things like telling people when you’re borrowing their equipment or showing them you actually listen to what they try and teach you. If you get feedback actually implement some changes as your mentor/boss will probably know better than you. Should you disagree do it politely and try to find out the reason the suggestion was offered in the first place. All those things, to me, are much more respectful than kissing up to people. I take kissing up to be things like getting coffee every morning for whoever is in charge.

    To add to the discussion though on #3, definitely meet the people who can make your job easier and befriend them (sans sucking up). Having a tech or the guys in the machine shop squeeze in a job for you on top of their busy schedules is immensely helpful. Getting in with the head of the production is nice too for when you’d like to run a 2 minute, non-destructive, on some units to prove a point for your boss without filling out pages of request forms. In my experience if you only come by to throw work over the fence to these people they’re less likely to help you when you need a favor.

    For a #4 I would say show you’re excited to work there. Sure the internship may not be in the exact field you want but that doesn’t mean the work is any less cool or interesting and you can’t still learn something. Being positive and enthusiastic can only help you in practically every other area.

  4. William B Swift

    A side note on #2. If a co-worker, or intern, is Aspergian, you will need to go out of your way to involve them, unthreateningly, to get them to ask questions. I don’t ask questions because I am afraid to ask, but because it never occurs to me to ask until long after the fact.