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Frontline Field Sales Intern

May - August 2018 • White Plains, NY

What I liked

I loved this internship and this company. This was incredibly challenging and it pushed me to exceed my limits. I felt as though I did meaningful work and contributed to the company and my customers. Despite the fact that I was selling products I originally knew nothing about, I felt incredibly prepared and was given a multitude of tools to help prepare me for selling. I got real world field sales experience and had real responsibilities surrounding a robust curriculum. I would recommend to anyone that likes a challenge.

What I wish was different

Nothing. I think every aspect of this internship is calculated to perfection. It is tailored to fit the needs and skills of the interns.

Advice

Trust the process and stay focused. There will be opportunities to have fun, and I implore you to bond with your class and indulge responsibly. However, remember that you are there to work and you are building a professional personal brand for yourself. Stay humble and hungry.
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Film Manufacturing Technology Engineer

May - August 2018 • Maplewood, MN

What I liked

The company culture, the intern events through the summer, being put on important projects, and building up on my skill set and engineering experience.

What I wish was different

More frequent feedback from my manager.

Advice

Show enthusiasm for the projects you are doing and express what interests you! You are a better worker when you are working on things that interest you. Also explore the company as much as you can and take advantage of the internship/introduction to the company resources given throughout the summer.
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Quality Lab Engineer

May 2017 • Lexington, KY

What I liked

Flexible schedule, great staff

What I wish was different

I wish there was more structure with regards to engineering projects, and more assigned projects in general. I've worked there 2 years and there has been 1 assigned project, with 2 additional projects being something I had to initiate myself.

Advice

There is always opportunity to improve and get engaged if you want. For me, in the lab, my schedule was very flexible and I could sit around all day if I wanted to. Stay hungry to learn and initiate some projects!
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Outside Sales Intern

May - August 2018 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

I loved the exposure I gained to the industry and the profession of outside sales. At 3M, I was treated as a valuable addition to the team, not just an intern. Because of this, I was able to leave an impact on the company and speak of this experience with potential future employers.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more of a role selling. Although it was in my title, due to my lack of product knowledge I was unable to truly sell. If I had been afforded the opportunity to do so in some capacity, I would have greatly appreciated it.

Advice

Jump with both feet in! What you put into your internship, is what you will get out of it. I highly recommend interning with 3M, specifically, in the Frontline program.
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R&D Intern

May - August 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

TONS of polymer opportunities. They make so many cool products that are used in the real world. Perfect blend of research and industry.

What I wish was different

The social events and professional development events for interns could have been planned and organized a little better. Still pretty good overall though.

Advice

If you are considering them at all, try to go here!
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Data Science Intern

June - August 2018 • Maplewood, MN

What I liked

Great company culture, had control over my projects, had several projects to choose from, housing and transportation included

What I wish was different

Working on a larger project that involved more people

Advice

Be ready to talk to the people you're working with and learn from their experience - you can learn a lot more than you might think
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Technical Aide

February 2018 • Maplewood, MN

What I liked

I do a large variety of tasks and have gained experience in technical skills, writing, and prioritization. My supervisors are flexible and consistently praise me when I've done well. I have worked on several different pieces of the same project over the time I've been here and so have become very invested in the results and the division I work in as a whole.

What I wish was different

There is no clear path into a full time position from this job. You have an advantage when applying to full time 3M jobs because you are an internal employee and it is significantly easier to network when you and those in the jobs you want to learn more about are already on the same campus for hours each day. The quality of the experience itself is likely highly dependent on your supervisors.

Advice

There are often several Technical Aide openings at a time, so definitely look to see which division of those available you are most interested in. This position continues during the school year and is not just over the summer.
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Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • Alexandria, MN

What I liked

I liked that I could finally have a hands on experience with the industry. It was very different from the school work I do; I was constantly talking to someone and working together, walking around the plant and observing the manufacturing process. I was very happy to be working in a multi-disciplinary team, which I usually do not have the chance to do at school. I was allowed more creativity throughout the internship, and I could improve my soft skills as well.

What I wish was different

My experience was more of an industrial engineering job, even though I major in Chemical Engineering. I really liked what I did during the internship, but I wish I could have worked with more chemicals.

Advice

Make sure to talk to people, ask questions and get involved. Do not be afraid to voice your opinion. Be curious about anything, try and learn as much as possible!
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SEMS Lab Intern

July - August 2016 • Shanghai, China

What I liked

I liked the relative freedom I was given and the fact that I was working on something new in R&D as opposed to a pencil-pushing desk job.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been paid.

Advice

An international internship is great for the cultural experience and working alongside people of a different nationality. However, don't expect to be paid very much, or at all.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - September 2017 • Murray, UT

What I liked

Had me doing real meaningful work. The people I worked with were awesome too.

What I wish was different

Maybe a little more mentoring from the experienced employees.

Advice

Do your best to study on your own to be affective.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • Troy, NY

What I liked

The experience was wonderful! I was put on a real scrum team with other developers and got to participate in the entire software development process. The people there were very supportive and the work was engaging.

What I wish was different

Unfortunately, the teams were very small and unused to the additional members, so occasionally there was not enough work to stay busy.

Advice

Be open and eager to ask questions. People generally like to tell you what they do and that information can be invaluable as an intern.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • Midvale, UT

What I liked

My internship at 3M was an incredible experience. I had the opportunity to work on interesting problems and bring value to the team with my work. None of my internship was busy work and I was excited to share my project with other teams and answer questions about it at the end of the internship.

What I wish was different

It took a week to get my work station set up which was frustrating.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and share your ideas. You are a fresh pair of eyes and your feedback is incredibly valuable to the company.
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Engineering Intern

August 2017 • Lexington, KY

What I liked

Different things everyday.

What I wish was different

Nothing. It was a good internship.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to get to know other workers.
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Data Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Murray, UT

What I liked

I got to work on large-scale projects with real impact on the company. While the problems were unstructured and difficult I felt that they aligned well with the skills I had from classes. My manager trusted me enough to let me work on things independently but was still available as a resource if I ran into problems.

What I wish was different

Not much honestly, the most I would say is that it took about a month to get put on a full project, but even then I had smaller things to work on until then.

Advice

Don't underestimate your existing network. I probably wouldn't have found this internship on my own because the company doesn't do a lot of on campus recruiting. A friend knew what I was studying and that it aligned with what her team needed in an intern. Talk about what you are learning with friends and family and mention that you are looking for internships and you may be surprised how many opportunities come from it.
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Marketing Management Intern

June - August 2018 • Saint Paul, MN

What I liked

Great company, excellent manager. Large group of interns made moving to a new city less intimidating.

What I wish was different

More day to day work instead of two large projects would have given me a better idea of what it's like to actually work at the company.

Advice

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Hardware Design Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Austin, TX

What I liked

City of Austin, intern events, supportive network.

What I wish was different

More team work aspect to the job, working on different projects.

Advice

Big companies such as 3M have many different operations and teams. Explore as much as you can during your internship experience.
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Production Worker

May - August 2018 • Wausau, WI

What I liked

Salary was a good way to save up for school.

What I wish was different

Didn’t have to work 3rd shift all summer.

Advice

Working a very labor intensive job makes you appreciate what factory workers do in a production role.
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Marketing Administrator

June - August 2018 • Saint Paul, MN

What I liked

The atmosphere and culture at 3M.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Network, network, network!
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Design Engineer Intern

June - August 2018 • Maplewood, MN

What I liked

They provided a lot of training (for CAD and in general). There were a lot of networking opportunities. The intern program was great. Everyone was friendly and willing to help.

What I wish was different

There was a steep learning curve and I wasn't given a real project until I was almost 6 weeks in (halfway). I wish I had been given my project much sooner (week 3) so that I could have accomplished more.

Advice

The design internship is 90% CAD work. It is for people who really enjoy the technical details of machines. Take advantage of the "informational interviews" 3M offers. It's a great way to network and get to know upper management, people in your department, and other departments so that you can find a good fit for you.
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Project Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

Company culture and collaboration

What I wish was different

Advice

Always be open to learning from those around you. Ask lots of questions! If you are willing to work hard, you will do great.
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