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Packaging Solutions Co-op Intern

June - November 2022 • Woodbury, MN

What I liked

It was a wonderful opportunity to learn! It was great to learn about a variety of different kinds of packaging, from consumer-facing packaging to packaging for dangerous goods.

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Labratory Technical Aid

March - September 2021 • Maplewood, MN

What I liked

I was able to get hands-on experience in an industrial business lab that supplied masks all over the world. I also got to work under one of the main researchers there and aid him in his research and lab work.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to work with more researchers and other technical aids while I was there, as I mostly stayed in my respective lab and usually only communicated with my assigned researcher supervisor.

Advice

Keep notes of what and how you did things at the job, I kept a somewhat daily diary and would record tasks that I did and how I performed those tasks. So when it came to putting the experience on my resume I was able to look back on what I did and easily explain what my job entailed.
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IT Intern

May - August 2021 • Maplewood, MN

What I liked

I liked the diverse work environment and culture

What I wish was different

I did my internship remotely and I wish it had been on-site to meet my coworkers in person.

Advice

It was a great learning experience.
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IT Intern

May - August 2021 • Champaign, IL

What I liked

- Remote work - Good WLB - Could network and learn a lot about 3M - No leetcode style questions in interview process

What I wish was different

- Only about 50% of interns got return offers, although they want to make it higher in the future - Not as much coding as I would have liked

Advice

This internship was a positive experience overall, but if you are hoping to do more technical work, you should look into 3M's R&D department instead
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Quality Student Engineer

January 2021 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

I learned a lot, networked, and added a good experience to my resume.

What I wish was different

I've learned I don't want to work in Quality.

Advice

Ask lots of questions.
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Sales Intern

June - August 2021 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

What I liked about this Internship at 3M was the experience I got to take away from it. I learned not only how to do field sales, but inside sales, marketing, and more. I was able to takeaway more than I expected. Truly I believe this internship set me up for success as my manager made me really take initiative in order to succeed.

What I wish was different

It was mainly virtual, although I did get to travel to a couple different states. I wish that I would have been able to get the full experience by moving away for the 12 weeks like most Frontline Field Sales Interns do.

Advice

Take the initiative and run with it. I honestly felt super lost the first 3-4 weeks and after that everything just fell into place. Ask questions because that is the only way you will get clarity.
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Data Science Intern

June - August 2021 • Saint Paul, MN

What I liked

The collaborative work environment was excellent, and I was really able to take creative and technical responsibility in my own hands. My mentors and coworkers were very supportive and helpful in connecting me with training resources.

What I wish was different

I wish I was working in person, rather than virtually - I found bonding over Microsoft Teams challenging.

Advice

Set expectations for yourself daily on what you want to accomplish, and hold yourself accountable for your explorations! This will really help break up large tasks into accomplishable steps.
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Infrastructure Automation Intern

May - August 2019 • Saint Paul, MN

What I liked

I loved that they allow you to connect with other interns and get to know the company through workshops throughout the program. Also the managers being flexible with your schedule and their awareness of what the general internship program has planned for you.

What I wish was different

I wish I took advantage of everything that the program had to offer.

Advice

Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. It is a big company but everyone is there to help and would love to have you back.
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Customer Service Representative

November 2019 • Monrovia, CA

What I liked

I like that it’s interesting work with customers worldwide

What I wish was different

I wish I was offered a position that provided medical benefits with 401k plan and possibility to apply for tuition reimbursement options.

Advice

Be open minded and willing to do whatever is needed in your department.
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Warehouse Manager Intern

May - August 2019 • Valley, NE

What I liked

Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. I never had an issue trying to get help if I needed it.

What I wish was different

I wish my hours had been a little better. I worked 4pm-midnight.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to reach out and network to different people in different departments.
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Analytical Chemist Intern

May - September 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

Good work environment

What I wish was different

More flexible hours

Advice

Think ahead, a foot in the door is worth 3 -5 credits
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Manufacturing Technology

June - August 2019 • Saint Paul, MN

What I liked

I loved getting the opportunity to see the greater 3M working at the headquarters location.

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Wheels manufacturing engineer co-op

January - August 2019 • Prairie du Chien, WI

What I liked

The people. Everyone was very helpful and very receptive of me. I knew I could ask anyone a question and they would be more than happy to help me. I learned so much more than I though I could possibly fit into 8 months.

What I wish was different

I had a great experience. Although I wish I had a little more guidance at the beginning of my Co-op. I was thrown right into projects (Which was so great! Literally from day one I was working on something!) but I wasn't sure of all my resources and who to ask for what. I struggled a little at the beginning but once I met more people I got more comfortable.

Advice

Listen to ALL employees. Managers and tech people/engineers/lab analysts know a lot about the data and the technology but the employees who work on the plant floor are around the equipment and product everyday. They have great ideas that sometimes get stuck in the pipes. If you listen to their input they will be more likely to help you in the future.
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Optimized Operations Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Saint Paul, MN

What I liked

The people were incredibly kind and supportive of my projects. Beyond that, I had numerous informational interviews with managers/directors in all types of fields to get a better idea of in-company mobility and the opportunities available for engineers. There was a great group of interns to do activities with, both regionally and at my location. All around a great experience.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had a more diverse experience in the projects I was working on. I'm not sure that it would be possible to have cross-functional projects, but it would have been educational to see what kinds of projects engineers work on first-hand in different divisions.

Advice

You make or break your own internship. Look for opportunities to get involved and add on to your assigned project. Staying busy will help keep work interesting and engaging.
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Research and Development Intern

May - August 2019 • Saint Paul, MN

What I liked

I liked the opportunity to have access to such a large network of employees. During your time as an intern, you are encouraged to meet with and conduct informational interviews with employees throughout the company. This allows you to be able to learn about positions and areas of the company different from your internship placement and help you to figure out if you might want to return to the company and in what role.

What I wish was different

I wish there was an easier way to get a return offer as an R&D intern. R&D positions are typically hired as they become available and not necessarily by the end of the internship. Other intern programs within the company such as Corporate Engineering and IT are easier to get hired through for full-time.

Advice

Meet as many people as you can throughout your time as an intern and build a network within the company. This will give you a better chance to understand the available opportunities and have connections for potential future hiring even if a return offer is not extended at the end of your internship. Additionally, it will allow you to understand if 3M is a good fit for you long-term.
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Technical Aid

May - August 2019 • Woodbury, MN

What I liked

friendly faculty and lots of learning opportunities.

What I wish was different

nothing.

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Materials Handler

May - August 2019 • Hutchinson, MN

What I liked

The work was not too challenging. I had to keep an eye on safety at all times, however the work flow was generally pretty relaxed.

What I wish was different

The job required switching from a day shift, 7am to 3pm, to an evening shift, 3pm to 11pm, every other week. I preferred the day shift as then I didn't miss out on activities with friends and family in the evenings.

Advice

You simply move things around within the plant which became very monotonous very quickly. Just prepare yourself mentally as this will be your full time job for the time being.
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Marketing Administrator

May - August 2019 • Saint Paul, MN

What I liked

I enjoyed my role at 3M. I learned a lot regarding marketing and economic research. I worked to develop a Strategic Marketing Plan for Emerging IOT (Internet of Things), which was a very fun and educational experience. I enjoyed having healthy work-life balance, and that my work was enjoyable. This summer served as a very educational and enriching experience, where I was able to fine tune not only my skill set in which I study here at Syracuse University, but also to strengthen my network and professional skills.

What I wish was different

I wish that, going into the role, we would have known more statistics on the percentage of interns hired per division, per intern role (sales vs. marketing vs. analytics) as well as the Graduation year of the interns hired. I wish that I knew this beforehand, as many of the other interns who had already graduated received offers at the end of the internship, whereas the interns (such as myself) who have yet to graduate received proportionally less offers. Too, many more sales interns were hired to be full time upon graduation/end of internship, where marketing interns were not. However, the hiring process of a company like 3M really depends on the internal health of the business, which I understand.

Advice

Make the most of your experience! Be ready to learn on your feet. You also never know where your work may go, or who you may come across. A VP of one of 3M's divisions reached out to meet me personally due to the quality of my individual work, which one of my superiors shared with others. Be prepared to apply your learning, but be very ready to learn more!
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Digital Marketing Intern

May - August 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I loved the company. The people there were very supportive and willing to help in any way they could. Everyone, from interns all the way to the CEO, were willing to meet with me and talk. They treated me like a real employee, allowing me to sit in on meetings and giving me real things to work on.

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O2 Supply Chain Intern

May - August 2019 • Decatur, AL

What I liked

My favorite part was that the projects I worked on made an impact, and I could see the difference my work was making in the plant. I learned so much about supply chain operations and the challenges that manufacturing plants face. The company culture at 3M is also very supportive of interns!

What I wish was different

I wish there was more time for training and networking with the other interns at 3M headquarters in St. Paul, MN.

Advice

Don't be afraid to speak up! You are there to make a difference, so don't be afraid to ask questions and propose new ideas.
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