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Carnegie Robotics, LLC

Electrical Engineering Intern

May - July 2022 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

CRL is big enough for one to carve out a specific niche with excellent mentorship, yet small enough for that niche to make a genuine difference. There's little to no red tape and bureaucratic fluff to deal with. The culture here is phenomenal - everyone is eager to help and quite friendly. Machining, assembly, and other technician work is all done in-house, which is extremely helpful for strong feedback loops; one can learn about every step of the process from idea to product. The office is an open environment, making cross-department collaboration easy.

What I wish was different

It'd be nice to have a bit more space for quiet work. Also, people keep taking my oscilloscope. Seriously, this place is near-perfect.

Advice

As an intern, you're essentially treated as a full-time employee. You'll have great mentorship, but your projects are largely self-directed. If you cannot thrive under this responsibility, I would either steer clear of CRL or learn to take personal responsibility for your work before you step into your role. I'd highly recommend an engineering internship at CRL to anyone who is an exceptional student/engineer in some way.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the company setting - working in a place that had years of solid work under its feet but still maintained a "startup" spirit really felt great.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been given a bit more direction with my projects and had been more exposed to the work I came into the summer intending to complete.

Advice

Definitely communicate with your manager and make sure everybody is super clear on what you want out of the summer and what you can provide.
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Systems Engineering Intern

June - September 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I loved the opportunity to integrate deeply into the company and work on projects core to the success of our team. From day one, I felt like a contributing member and was able to apply my skills directly to our project.

What I wish was different

I wish the onboarding process was a little more fleshed out as they were taking on a large number of interns all at the same time and it was sometimes difficult as a result.

Advice

Find the projects that are important to the project, but no one else has taken them on/has the time to take them on and become the expert in those
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Lawrenceville, PA

What I liked

Given lots of responsibility, treated like a full-time employee, and expected to make meaningful contributions

What I wish was different

More feedback from mentors/supervisors i.e. what I am doing well and what I need to do differently

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and always try to stay outside of your comfort zone. If you are in your comfort zone you probably are not learning anything and that essentially defeats the point of an internship
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Software Engineering Intern

April - August 2018 • Lawrenceville, PA

What I liked

It was a fun envirnoment and I learned a lot. All of the other employees knew a lot and we're always willing to help if they had time. They let me choose my own hours which let me work the enite duration of the summer and work overtime every week.

What I wish was different

I wish I had gotten an apartment closer to work instead of commuting from home.

Advice

Apply to as many places as you can. The key to getting an internship without prior experience is to get your resume to a lot of places to increase your chances.
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