Get Your Hands Dirty...
Every summer, Tufts Engineers head off around the globe to put their knowledge and skills to work in a variety of internships. Some of our engineers wrote to us about how they spent their Summer of 2012. Check out what they were doing, how they found the opportunities, and some of their personal advice on why you may enjoy their field!
Brian Hayzlett (Mechanical Engineering ’13)
This summer, I worked as a project management intern for Clark Construction in Washington D.C. I was fortunate enough to be offered this internship as a result of networking. Employers don't have a sense of who you are from a resume and cover letter, so networking is really the best way to get your foot into the door and move your resume to the top of the pile. For my job, I was a part of the general contractor team working on a $56 million core and shell office building. My responsibilities included reviewing shop drawings, coordinating meetings with subcontractors, and submitting drawings/product data for review. Occasionally, I would go into the field to take pictures or help the field engineers with surveying and laying out the project. I had a great experience this summer and worked with an awesome team. A project management internship is ideal for anyone who is good with people skills, learning quickly, and adapting to get the job done.
Billy Zile (Chemical Engineering ’13)
I went to the fall career fair, gave a resume to the Dow table, had a behavioral interview in Dowling, and was subsequently notified of my acceptance to their internship program. At the Marlborough, MA plant where I worked, the Dow Advance Materials division produced photoresist which is a liquid chemical mixture used by Samsung, Intel, etc. for producing semiconductor chips. I calculated pressure drops using fluid mechanics knowledge, learned Six Sigma methods and used them to analyze data from experiments, and worked with a multi-national team in order to create a model of the photoresist production process. Dow hires summer interns for positions in Texas, Louisiana, and Midland mainly, but also has smaller sites like Marlborough, MA., North Andover, MA., Bristol, PA., Pittsburg, CA, etc. If you are going to be a senior and do a good job, you are included in their hiring process which means you could have a job offer before you start your senior year!
AG Pelham (Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management minor ’13)
This summer I interned at General Motors’ Tonawanda Engine Plant. I was the Manufacturing Engineering Assembly Process intern at the plant. Basically, I worked on troubleshooting the machines on the assembly line and I worked on improving a few of the engine leak tests. I also worked on mapping different defects in the engines and worked closely with my supervisor who was the lead assembly process engineer as well as several industrial engineers on the line.
Hawk Glazier (Computer Science ’13)
I spent this summer at Microsoft's Redmond campus working as a tester on the Xbox. I got the internship after submitting my resume during the career fair and a round of interviews on site. During the internship I unearthed a bunch of bugs, and improved on the security and robustness of the application. This was accomplished by running a variety of long running stress tests against applications running on multiple Xboxes.
Ray Wang (Biomedical Engineering ’13)
I have been performing research in Dr. Lauren Black's (Biomedical Engineering) lab over the summer on Tufts campus. I started researching in his lab freshman year and am working this summer with funds from an American Heart Association fellowship I received after submitting many research proposals. My project involves culturing cardiomyocytes or heart muscle cells in a dynamic environment that mimic their native environment and diseased models. The environments are created with a system my partner and I have been developing since our sophomore year. Specifically, I am studying the congenital heart defect “left heart hypoplastic syndrome” where the left side of the heart is underdeveloped at birth and causes a single chambered heart which greatly hinders sustainable blood flow.
Alana Lustenberger (Biomedical Engineering ’15)
This summer I had an internship at a minority investment bank called Ramirez & Co. in Chicago, IL. I got the job through a contact that I had interned with previously who was my boss at the Illinois Housing Development Authority. I learned a whole lot about public finance, municipal bonds and how banks are involved with funding public projects like schools, roads, and other infrastructure. I also helped with a $300 million bond deal that my company financed for the City of Chicago.
John Abel (Chemical Engineering ’13)
I got an internship at GE Aviation through going to the Fall Career Fair put on each year by Tufts. I submitted a resume, applied online, and was then quickly interviewed and hired. At the GE site in Lynn, they do everything from designing jet engines to manufacturing, testing, and shipping out these engines. There's a ton of engineering to be done, and my internship focused on chemical and environmental hazards associated with the manufacturing and testing processes. I got to do actual engineering tasks, not just coffee collection.
Mike Borys (Engineering Psychology and Computer Science ’13)
I interned at Charles River Analytics is just on the Cambridge/Watertown border, a very short distance from Tufts. They do mostly software contracting for the military. Personally, i worked on 2 programs, both planning and coding. One was a response to the VAST Challenge which is a large data visualization contest. The other was a program to help a research analyst design scenarios and plan for a simulation. I loved my job because I wasn't just a programmer, I also got to do research, create task analyses, interview experts, and help brainstorm and plan out the software. It was very much a "whole-brain" type internship.
Nate Eckman (Mechanical Engineering ’13)
This past summer, I worked at General Electric Aviation is in Lynn, about a half-hour commute from campus. It is a unique environment because it contains many stages of jet engine manufacture – from design to machining, assembly, and sales. I worked in engine test, allowing me to interact with the completed engines during their trial runs. Observing troubleshooting processes and the interactions between the different engine subsystems made my internship an incredible learning experience. The Career Center works with GE to schedule on-campus interviews, making the application process easy. My one piece of advice is that GE starts recruiting early. I interviewed in October for a job that did not start until May.