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Ford Motor Company

PDBIT Intern

May - July 2017 • Allen Park, MI

What I liked

Freedom to work on tasks on own schedule, ability to talk to many of the directors and many different departments, great fellow employees and a great learning experience.

What I wish was different

More exploration of the different areas available.

Advice

Have good time management and don’t be afraid to ask fellow employees for help.
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IT Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Shadowing other parts of the company, engaging in projects

What I wish was different

More projects to work on in the beginning of my internship

Advice

Dont be afraid to ask for more things to do, talk to people outside your department
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Safety Intern

April - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

My experience was amazing, I learned so much while I was here. I had numerous experiences within my field, met a great group of people, and grew within my intended career path.

What I wish was different

I wish the commute had been slightly closer.

Advice

Always be open minded and absorb absolutely everything you can.
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

large responsibilities

What I wish was different

more planned out work for me to do, was left to find work

Advice

take a proactive approach to do meaningful work, otherwise you wont do it
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Excellent networking activities for interns.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a more clear plan of what tasks I was going to have for the summer.

Advice

Be bold. Don't be too scared to ask questions, it's better to take a few minutes of someone's time than to waste hours with nothing to do because you never asked.
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Manufacturing Finance Intern

May - August 2019 • Wayne, MI

What I liked

My team and my project. My manager, supervisor, and fellow analysts were great. My daily tasks and projects were fun too. I really felt like I was apart of the team since my very first day. Everyone was so helpful and welcoming-even those who I didn't work directly with. When it came to my project, I ultimately was responsible for doing the work myself, but I did receive great assistance from everyone. They truly wanted to see me succeed.

What I wish was different

My summer housing. I lived too far away from the rest of the interns; further away from Detroit.

Advice

Be prepared to learn a lot! Take advantage of intern opportunities and events and ask as many questions as you can to ensure that you understand your project.
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Product Development Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Work environment, team members, and company culture.

What I wish was different

More structured work plan.

Advice

Ask questions!
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Information Technology Intern

May - July 2019 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

Company culture, the way people treated each other. Mobility within the company.

What I wish was different

Location was not ideal.

Advice

Ford Motor Company is definitely a company more people should look into regardless of major. They are huge on inclusivity and diversity.
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Technical Support Analyst

May - August 2019 • Allen Park, MI

What I liked

I really enjoyed the internship because I was able to receive training and work in the role as a Technical Support Analyst. I was also able to network with different people that worked for Ford in many different parts of the company. The interns were also provided multiple experiences to go out and participate in different events that helped us to get acclimated to the Detroit, Michigan area. During these events, I was able to meet other interns from different schools and in different parts of the company.

What I wish was different

I was very impressed with the overall internship experience. If I was to choose something that could have been different, I would have liked to shadow the position that the Technical Support Analyst (TSA) leads into. This position is a Field Service Engineer and we were able to have an informational session with one. It would have been even better to be able to shadow one.

Advice

I would go in and understand that you are going to learn a lot. I would also have the expectation that you will have a lot of questions and it is encouraged and even expected for you to ask them. Don't be nervous to ask questions because everyone there is ready and wiling to answer any questions that you might have. If you don't know something, ask questions to figure it out. Also, be willing to help others if you know answers to their questions because the management team is very impressed by that.
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Research Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The Composites Research group was amazing; the people I worked with were extremely willing to teach me, and really appreciated the work that I did.

What I wish was different

The intern program at Ford was not great - there were not very many opportunities for networking with other interns or other people at the company.

Advice

Ask questions! You learn the most by being open about what you don't know.
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Information Technology Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I liked how easy it was for me to be integrated on a meaningful team within a week of working. The people I worked with were very knowledgeable and gave me insight on different facets of business. I also really appreciated that I now know what it means to work at a large corporate company, it's an experience that school can never prepare you for.

What I wish was different

I wish that my project would have used my design skills more, most of my work was consulting/project management/ requirements gathering. I learned a lot and it helped me shift my career interests

Advice

Always ask for work. There's always work to be done and it's all about self initiative to be recognized and appreciated by co workers and supervisors. I lacked towards the beginning, but by the end of my internship was owning my assignments and proud of the work I did.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I really enjoyed the company and the people that I worked with. Ford's IT department is really trying to be progressive and transparent. Everyone is very willing to help out.

What I wish was different

I didn't like the area of Dearborn and this resulted in me declining an offer to return.

Advice

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Vehicle Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The ability to work in an analytical position

What I wish was different

That my project would have taken more time. I finished one month early

Advice

explore the different departments of Ford while you're there
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Product Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Opportunity to learn about the industry, freedom to learn what I wanted

What I wish was different

The team/department where I worked was not entirely within my interests, there were a lot of slow points

Advice

Go to as many events and networking opportunities as possible.
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Parts, Supply, and Logistics Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I felt very welcomed and truly learned a lot throughout the entire process. I had freedom to work on my own and was able to use many valuable skills.

What I wish was different

I wish my project was a little better structured and more thought out before I arrived.

Advice

It is on the intern to make the most out of their experience, be outgoing, reach out to people and in return you will have a valuable experience.
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Data Analyst Intern

May - July 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Ford showed a real commitment towards investing in interns. There was the day to day job but there were also many enrichment activities all aimed at familiarizing interns to Ford and its work culture.

What I wish was different

As with many other internships (I imagine), there were periods of downtime after completing a project. My supervisor was really good about keeping me busy but I heard that this wasn't the case for some small minority of other interns.

Advice

Internships are the way to a full time job nowadays. Make sure you really research the companies you think you might like to work at in the future.
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Autonomous Vehicles Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The type of work I was doing, my team, and the fact it was an OEM experience.

What I wish was different

Location, pay salary, social experience, and my value at the company

Advice

Didn't feel that valued as an intern as I have had the summer previous. Lots of work, and interesting view on engineering, especially if you worked at suppliers before.
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Logistics Intern

May - July 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I loved the people! They really made the experience what it was. Everyone is so nice and welcoming and love to help you learn. I also loved the projects I was able to work on-very challenging and gave me a lot of experience.

What I wish was different

More interactions with interns in my department

Advice

Never be afraid to ask for help or for more opportunities. There is always need for a fresh set of eyes.
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Manufacturing Intern

May - August 2018 • Livonia, MI

What I liked

A lot intern networking opportunities, large company exposure

What I wish was different

Assignment wasn't what I had interviewed for, slow to disperse information about assignment location

Advice

Take advantage of all of the opportunities for interns
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Mechanical Engineering Co-Op

January - August 2019 • Kansas City, MO

What I liked

The engineering family at Ford is very inclusive and empowered me to succeed during my time there. I never felt afraid to ask questions when I didn’t know the answer to something, or wanted to learn more about a specific component.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more concrete projects that were asked of me from day 1 as opposed to doing a lot of “reactionary” measures on a day-to-day basis.

Advice

Make sure you are a people-person, otherwise, working at a location that has a polar Union dynamic can be brutal.
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