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Reliability Engineer Intern

May - August 2022 • Saint Clair, MI

What I liked

The great thing about an internship or co-op with Cargill is the ability to work on projects that have a impactful to the company. The work is not what you would consider "intern work". While there is some of that, the overwhelming majority of your work day revolves around projects. You often have input in what projects you will be taking on in your position, which allows for a much more enjoyable experience where you can align your work with your interests. With Cargill being such a large company, they are able to provide all of their employees with great resources around mental health, as well as foster a phenomenal environment with diversity and inclusion. Everyone is super helpful and dedicated towards making sure you have all the right tools to succeed.

What I wish was different

I do not really have anything surrounding the experience at work that I wish had been different. However, for me, finding housing was very difficult. From what I have been told in talking with other interns, some sites will provide apartments the apartments to interns/co-ops. But, in most instances if you qualify for a stipend, you receive that and then must find your own housing. Cargill provides resources to help with finding an apartment. It is a external company that does relocation for employees, but they have not been very helpful to me in both of my experiences. I wish that there was better assistance surrounding relocation because finding a good apartment can become very time consuming, which is extra stressful when paired with the end of a semester and final exams.

Advice

Make the most of your experience. Much of your work will be self-motivated and you will need to be willing to put in effort. From my experience, supervisors do not want to overwork the interns, and will provide you with a lighter work load. my recommendation is to not be afraid to ask for more work/projects if you feel you have extra time throughout the day. Sitting at your desk being bored is not a good way to spend the company's time or more importantly your time, because when it comes down to it, you are primarily in the internship/co-op to become a better engineer (or whatever role you are in). So my big piece of advice is take responsibility in your own success and development. Your supervisor does not know exactly what you need, whether it be more work, less work, more tools, more connections, or anything else. However, they are very willing to support you with those needs, you just need to vocalize it.
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Engineering Co-op

May - December 2021 • Cedar Rapids, IA

What I liked

I was assigned a variety of projects that aimed to achieve different goals and required different tasks. This range allowed me to develop my project management skills while working with contractors and operators in addition to full time engineers. I was able to work on projects that included automation, chemical safety, and data analysis.

What I wish was different

I wish I was assigned some projects that were further along in their development. I managed my projects from start to finish which made it difficult to complete larger installations before the end of my term.

Advice

It's okay to not know what you don't know. Most full time engineers don't expect you to be familiar with everything, so have conversations and try to find areas that you can learn about with a bit of your own research. Ask questions when you can't find the answer on your own! The most important thing is becoming comfortable with the feeling of not knowing something and being able to ask for help when necessary.
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Business Intelligence Intern

September 2020 - August 2021 • Managua, Managua

What I liked

Great team, amazing learning experience, was able to work on several different projects and help out different teams.

What I wish was different

I wish I'd had the opportunity to the office and have the in person experience.

Advice

Believe in yourself and be confidents that you are capable of doing things you've never done before. Don't be sacred to give your opinion and to take on new tasks.
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Project Engineer Intern

May - August 2021 • Hersey, MI

What I liked

Everyone was extremely welcoming and willing to help me learn.

What I wish was different

NA

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions! Everyone is always happy to share their knowledge.
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Engineering CO-OP

January - August 2021 • Dayton, OH

What I liked

I liked the freedom and responsibility that I was given. This position really allowed me to learn a lot of real world engineering skills that I had not been able to learn in the classroom. With this new knowledge it helped me to understand the type of engineering I want to go into in the future.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had a little more guidance on my first small project to really get a grasp on how to work my way through the types of problems that I often came across.

Advice

I would tell someone to take advantage of the responsibility and freedom that you are given and to learn as much as you can everyday!
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Accounting and Finance Intern

May - August 2021 • Wayzata, MN

What I liked

I loved that it was virtual, the people were really nice even though I couldn't meet them in person.

What I wish was different

I did not really get to know my fellow interns that well since we were in a virtual setting.

Advice

Do not overthink things. It is easy to psych yourself out of things before they even begin.
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Corporate Accounting Intern

May - August 2021 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

I would encourage everyone to get an internship. Especially if they are still trying to figure out which way to go. Cargill gave me a lot of clarity into private accounting. Get out there and network.
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Engineer Co-op

January - August 2021 • Sidney, OH

What I liked

Got to work on cool projects. People were great. Job benefits and salary was very good.

What I wish was different

Would have wanted more tasks/projects. I was often bored.

Advice

Ask a lot of question. Don’t be afraid to bring up issues that you may have
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Production Engineering Intern

May - December 2019 • Blair, NE

What I liked

I liked being able to work in a production role. They gave me a wide range of projects and listened to what my interests were. I worked in the Ethanol/Utility department for Cargill in the starches and sweeteners facility. I completed 12 projects that addressed critical safety, productivity, cost savings and environmental concerns. I also improved my skills with PI System Data and Processbook for data analysis and visualization. I also improved my skills in Management of Change, Lock-Out-Tag-Out, Permitting and Piping and Instrumentation Diagram knowledge for ensuring workplace and process safety. A few projects I worked on: I was able to execute environmental engineering and compliance stack testing that expanded permitted operating conditions, resulting in reduced plant downtime and improved environmental permitting compliance. I also piloted a major process improvement to prevent byproduct buildup throughout the Ethanol process resulting in improved productivity, raw material cost savings and reduced planned/unplanned process maintenance. I also addressed a key safety concern through implementation of an additional layer of process controls to the Boiler Management System.

What I wish was different

The only thing I wish could have been different was that I could have started my internship sooner! I really loved what I did and learned so much.

Advice

Do not be afraid to ask questions and to really dive deep into the projects that you are working on. Becoming very knowledgeable with what you are working on will help you be more confident when people ask you questions and also give them the confidence that you know what you are doing. Also do not be afraid to not know the answer to questions-being an intern means that you have very little knowledge, so tell people you are not sure what the answer is, but go and figure it out and get back to them. That shows people that you are willing to search for answers and are proactive to find solutions.
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Software Engineer Intern

August - December 2020 • Champaign, IL

What I liked

I enjoyed gaining exposure to new technologies and Agile development practices. It was also a great experience to work on a team with another developer and a designer.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Warehouse worker

June - August 2018 • Swedesboro, NJ

What I liked

I liked being in a completely new work environment to me where I got to shape some of the skills that I have never had to use before.

What I wish was different

I wish the warehouse I worked in wasn't so cold, but it had to be in order to keep the products fresh.

Advice

One piece of advise I would give is that to never count yourself out of something just because you have never done it before. Go try new things and become the most well rounded person you can be because it will benefit you in the future.
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Sales Intern

June - August 2020 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

My projects allowed me to learn about all aspects of the sales role and teams.

What I wish was different

My internship was moved online late in the spring semester. I wish I would have been able to experience this in person, but I understand why the decision was made.

Advice

Do not be afraid to reach out to anybody in the organization to set up a meeting. My favorite part of my internship was learning about parts of the company and people's experiences.
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Operations Management Intern

June - August 2020 • Fresno, CA

What I liked

Due to COVID-19, the internship had moved online, but was carried out extremely well in spite of circumstances. I enjoyed having multiple projects I worked on with a team rather than one project worked on by myself.

What I wish was different

I wish we could've been in person, but I understand it wasn't feasible to do so.

Advice

Make connections with everyone you can. Everyone has some kind of advice to offer and usually will be willing to help you.
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Operations Management Intern

June - August 2020 • Manhattan, KS

What I liked

I loved the connections I made with other interns and current employees. They were all so great to talk to and work with. I also enjoyed how much they focused on developing our leadership and communication skills, while also completing our daily tasks.

What I wish was different

It was out of Cargill's control, but Covid caused the internship to be completely virtual instead of in their beef processing plant in Dodge City, Kansas. This was the only thing I would change about it. They handled the bad situation with perfection and still threw together an excellent remote internship for hundreds of college students.

Advice

Take the time to introduce yourself to everyone you can and build those relationships. You never know where they might lead. Mine led to a job post-graduation with Cargill.
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Engineering Co-op

July 2020 • Gainesville, GA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the environment that Cargill fosters for its Co-ops. I felt like a welcome member of the team who was valued and whose input was listened to.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had my full 8 month term, as I feel comfortable in the position and feel I could do a lot more with an extra 2 months.

Advice

I would go in expecting to learn a lot of different things and tackle a lot of challenges you might not have experience in.
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Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Newark, CA

What I liked

Intern networking resources; virtual internship was structured very well considering the circumstances of covid; supervisor was flexible to give me work that was meaningful and beneficial to my personal skill set and experiences

What I wish was different

I wish I was not moved from the solar department to the packaging department, but it sounds like that was mainly due to covid

Advice

Reach out to presentation speakers in the virtual presentations for the interns or literally to anyone that you come into contact with if they are doing something that interests you. Schedule a meeting with them to learn about their career path because it will help you learn what you want to do and how you will be able to do it.
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Administrative Assistant Intern

May - August 2019 • Friona, TX

What I liked

My supervisors were very supportive of me going to school. They always encouraged me to get my degree. They always were very helpful. They worked great with my schedule

What I wish was different

That I could’ve stayed to work there.

Advice

It’s a great experience with great people.
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Engineering Co-op

January - August 2019 • Gainesville, GA

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to learn about how the industry works and I was able to experience an entirely new portion of industry I never knew anything about.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been kept busier during my time and was able to do more work that aligned with my major instead of just general process engineering stuff.

Advice

Keep busy! Find plenty of things to do and help out where you can, you will learn a lot from it.
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Manager Intern

June - August 2019 • Sterling, CO

What I liked

The challenges.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have taken it slower. It flew by.

Advice

Sleep and do not dwell. Sleep is underrated.
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Production

May - September 2019 • Newnan, GA

What I liked

I liked the pay and the fast pace.

What I wish was different

I wish the company did not have a point system.

Advice

Do not work here unless you can work 10 hour shifts in below 32 degrees weather
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