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General Electric (GE)

GE Aviation Intern/Co-Op

August - November 2018 • Loves Park, IL

What I liked

My management team is flexible, understanding, and compromising. They understood when I had an illness or a Rose-Hulman Career Fair to attend they enabled me to work around these issues and have a flexible schedule including making up some hours on Saturday's to reach that 40 hour work week. I appreciated the personal conversations and advising tips for constant professional development/improvement.

What I wish was different

I wish I had an engineering internship versus a managerial position/ oversight position. I was given the two different leadership programs offered at GE including the OMLP Program and the Edison Program. I was driven towards the Edison Program, however when I arrived to Loves Park, it became immediately obvious that my position was OMLP driven. I spoke in depth with the current OMLP and they told me that I would have to personally push to get transferred to the engineering side of GE Aviation or else I would continue down the OMLP Program pipeline, which unfortunately, was not what attracted me to this Fall Co-Op. As a side note, the housing options listed on the Co-Op/Intern website was completely inaccurate. None of the apartment options suited what I was looking for and those need modifications. You will have to find your own housing and pay out of your own pocket. This meant that there was no money to be made, living paycheck to paycheck was reality.

Advice

Be ready to learn at a rapid pace. I was exposed to Quality, Supplier Quality, and Inspection. Additionally, have a strong background with Office (Microsoft), reading/understanding CAD, and be prepared to offer lots of analytical data with numbers and percentages. If you are completing your Mid-term evaluation or your Final evaluation, be specific and correlate how your projects and goals match. Don't give a simple answer, rather try giving a percentage of improvement. For example, I was responsible for Inspection's Hold Cage and lowering their WIP Inventory Costs. Before I began, the costs were well over 600k. In my three month rotation, we eliminated 60% of this WIP inventory, opening 360k of free cash for GE to use towards their end of quarter evaluation. Having the percentages and numbers will only make your case stronger when reapplying for a second rotation. I hope this helps.
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Materials Engineer

June - August 2018 • West Lafayette, IN

What I liked

Learning about materials and different assembly process for engines.

What I wish was different

I would have preferred to be placed at one of my top 5 locations.

Advice

To always seek for my projects, they wont be handed to you if you dont ask for them yourself.
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Infra Engineering Co-op/Intern

May - August 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Great intern network and development opportunity.

What I wish was different

Quicker setup of computers, software, and projects.

Advice

Don't be afraid to reach out and try and connect with people whose jobs or projects align with your interests.
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Operations co op

June - August 2018 • Madisonville, KY

What I liked

Good experience

What I wish was different

Location

Advice

Put yourself out there
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Aircraft Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Lynn, MA

What I liked

Hands on experience, all the engineers in the department were willing to help me understand my tasks and more.

What I wish was different

nothing

Advice

just because your internship assigns you to one department doesn't mean to can not be interested in other departments. Maximize your experience by being inquisitive in anything you deem interesting
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Manufacturing Intern

May - July 2016 • Auburn, AL

What I liked

The work family atmosphere

What I wish was different

The management mentor relationships

Advice

Sets a great stage for real world employment
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

Company cultureq, development programs, company size, intern diversity, intern opportunities outside of assigned work

What I wish was different

Increased workload More intern interaction and collaboration in work.

Advice

Come into it with an open mind. Other HBCUs are recruited heavily to this company too so you will not be alone racially.
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Fleet Engineering Co-op

June - August 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed the diverse range of people I worked with. I had regular meetings with people in over 14 different countries. The projects I was working on were conceptually interesting but could be very mundane.

What I wish was different

I wanted more ownership of my project, but I recognize given the nature of my work that this would have required a six month term

Advice

Ask questions, learn, get your work done. If you finish a project do not sit and wait for your manager to give you another one, go and ask. If they don't have one try to take on one from your team that interests you.
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Aerospace Engineering Intern

January - August 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

Technical knowledge gained.

What I wish was different

Company culture within my particular office.

Advice

I recommend this company/co-op to any young engineer looking to gain a lot of technical knowledge.
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Additive Manufacturing Intern

May - August 2018 • Auburn, AL

What I liked

Great Intern program. I learned a lot about Additive manufacturing

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Talk to companies at every career fair, even if you do not believe you will get an offer. It is good to gain experience and could result in a internship or co-op in the future.
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Process Engineer Intern

May 2018 • Auburn, AL

What I liked

I really enjoyed a hands-on role in the world of manufacturing.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Financial Management Program Intern

June - August 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed experiencing what it was like to work for a big company. This was my first professional experience and I thought it was a great one, but it was a very quick 10 weeks and wish I was working a little longer. By the time I was comfortable with what I was doing it was time to leave.

What I wish was different

I wish I had known more about the program before I had started.

Advice

Ask questions and get to know your boss and other workers above you. Get involved with the other interns early, it was a fast 10 weeks but very fun.
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Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

They gave me a lot of exciting work to do, constantly checked in to make sure I was enjoying my work, and had a really strong intern engagement program. They also happily allowed me to have flexible hours each week and provided a lot of interaction with executives and above in the business.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask to try something new and different in addition to what your manager gave you. Don't be afraid to ask other employees for help/advice, they love to help.
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Electrical Engineer In

May - August 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

-cool project -friendly staff

What I wish was different

-took a long time to get cool project -better company state (many challenges internal to company: decreased stock, changing leadership etc)

Advice

-if you want a cool project, you might need to put a persistent and active effort in finding it
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Infra-Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I loved the environment and the people, as well as making your internship your own. I was not walked through step-by-step on my tasks. I had to reach out to people, make jobs, make things for me to do. The effort you put in, is the experience you get out. Of course, I needed help at first, as I knew nothing. I needed to be given tasks to begin. But, after that, it was all on me to make it the experience I wanted it to be.

What I wish was different

I wish that the on-boarding process had been smoother. It was all great until the first day. After the first day, I felt like I had been dropped off and told to figure it out. It was hard to get help from those around me, since they were busy with their own jobs. It also took 3 weeks to finally get all the accesses I needed to do my job, which gave me 3 weeks of trying to figure out what I could do and make the most of my time.

Advice

People skills are key. Make sure you get to know all the people you are working with, and get to know them outside of just their job titles. Also, in my situation, I was thrown into a shop with both hourly and salary shop floor workers. As an intern, I fell between those two. I was doing and gaining experience for a salary position, but being paid at an hourly rate. Get to know both sides of the equation. The more you lead, the more you serve.
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Digital Technology Intern

May - August 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

I was able to experience so many different technologies in many different spaces during my short time. I loved that I was working on real projects with full-time employees.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had more conversations with officials in the company to build networking.

Advice

Plan meetings weeks ahead of time in order to get on people's calendars.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

January - August 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

Team and coworkers

What I wish was different

Some of the work

Advice

Engage in multiple opportunities
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Design/Test Engineer

January - August 2018 • Rockford, IL

What I liked

Worked with lead engineers, in the United States and Poland, to develop and perform valve test using a low flow stand and data acquisition system to capture port pressures, mass flow rates, and slew rate times; Validated hardware and electrical component specifications to identify and resolve potential defects to improve product quality; Authored engineering test request and reports; Led and conducted engineering lab testing for a variety of projects for new product development.

What I wish was different

The on-boarding process is rough for the first two weeks at GE. They are currently getting better at this process.

Advice

Overall, every MECE student should try to Co-op with GE Aviation. It's truly a great engineering experience, learning environment, and networking opportunity.
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Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

Very analytical engineering work.

What I wish was different

Advice

Make the most of all internships have to offer you (ie. attend networking events, ask as many questions as possible.)
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Lynn, MA

What I liked

An internship with GE Aviation is a fantastic professional development experience with ample learning opportunities.

What I wish was different

Streamlined technology availability at onboarding.

Advice

Take advantage of as many lunch and learns and networking opportunities as follows.
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