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Ford Motor Company

Communications Intern

June - August 2021 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I liked that I was able to work remote and have exposure to a large corporate communications work structure.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more guidance from my boss.

Advice

Ask as many questions as you can! People want to help.
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Summer Intern

May - August 2021 • Redford, MI

What I liked

Nature of work. As an EECE major, I was asked to create a website. Completely outside my area of expertise but mentor provided me with good set of tools to make it happen. Very satisfying to accomplish.

What I wish was different

Had very little contact with team first few weeks (~30min/week). More time to speak with mentor/customer would have been useful.

Advice

Think creatively and don't be afraid to spend a lot of time planning: it'll pay you back later. Minimally viable product is another mentality to get comfortable with. Not over optimizing things will quickly save time. Spend a lot of time on final presentations, rehearse, and be willing to present at other events if asked--exposure to management can be very good.
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Manufacturing Engineer Intern

May - August 2021 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Great experience in the automotive manufacturing environment. Able to reach out to numerous employees with questions, all extremely willing to help.

What I wish was different

Internship was all remote, would have been a good learning experience to tour the stamping plant.

Advice

Great learning experience, great people, great pay.
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Research and Advanced Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The team environment and respect for work and personal life boundaries were some of my favorite aspects about Ford. I also loved my intern project and the freedom I was given to really make it into my own.

What I wish was different

I wish I had the chance to join my team in person, even if it was not necessary due to the form of my project.

Advice

Communicate, and do it often. If you ever have too much or too little work, have a question, or want to provide your insight, don't hesitate!
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Process engineering intern

August - November 2021 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

Diverse projects and very nice people to work with

What I wish was different

More organized internship program

Advice

To ask a lot of questions
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Product Development Intern

June - July 2020 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Ford Motor Company taught me so many things including: newly acquired skills, research skills, data analyzing, and forming new relationships with engineers and suppliers virtually. In my internship this past Summer, I learned new skills like failure mode and warranty data analysis. I enjoyed virtually learning how to inspect parts that came to warranty to fix the failure mode issues, social network with other engineers and suppliers, and provide solutions to failure modes and warranty issues to ford management.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship would of had some in-person portions where I could see the vehicles I was working on. This would help me identify failures on the vehicles and get an up-close look of parts failing to see where the failure location was.

Advice

Be proactive on the projects they assign you right away, they are challenging and captivating to challenge you and sharpen your skills when you leave the internship.
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Marketing Intern

June - August 2020 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Make connections and network with your coworkers!
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adas intern

June - August 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

People were very helpful, work was engaging and interesting.

What I wish was different

Remote work for pandemic was obviously a bummer, but there's not a lot else I would change.

Advice

Definitely go out of your way to meet people, try for a new person every week. With such a large company there's so many potential things to explore so expanding your network is important.
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IT Intern

June - July 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I liked how smoothly they handled the transition to a completely online internship.

What I wish was different

There wasn't enough instruction, especially for students who've never worked in this type of environment and industry before.

Advice

Ask questions!
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Ford IT Intern

June - August 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I had an amazing supervisor and team. They were all very encouraging and had no trouble answering my questions or allowing me to shadow them for a day.

What I wish was different

It would have been great to have the internship in person, but despite being remote, I was able to connect with my team members and build great experiences.

Advice

I would suggest asking as many questions as you can! Everyone is so helpful and willing to help you out. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask others if you can shadow their work for a day. Shadowing others can help you meet new people and gain insight into what they do.
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Controls Engineer

May - August 2018 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

I liked the independence and workflow of Ford. The other departments and employees were very engaging and tried to help us adjust to the plant.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more projects directly intertwined with the cars.

Advice

I would advise that you have a clear mind as one of the managers told me, "It's a people's business first, then we make cars."
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Computer Science Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The company culture was very inviting

What I wish was different

Some of my tasks seemed like busywork

Advice

Make sure you apply early and follow up if you are truly interested about the opportunity.
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Service Engineering Operations Intern

June - August 2020 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Great work atmosphere. Very helpful mentors and coworkers. Interns were very friendly. Learned valuable work and life skills.

What I wish was different

An in-person experience would have been nice, assuming there wasn't a pandemic going on.

Advice

Reach out to your mentors and coworkers often and early to make sure you get the most out of your internship. There are plenty of people willing to help you succeed here, you need to take the initiative.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - July 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Great experience learning how a real Software Engineering team operates. Got to work with a modern tech stack. Lots of different areas of the company to be involved in. Exciting new projects coming in the pipeline for future interns/new grads

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

If you want to do a software internship, make sure you're proficient with data structures/algorithms. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and put in a ton of work.
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Summer Research Intern

June - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

It was really fun and I got to learn a lot of stuff. I got assigned one project to work on for my couple months and I learned so much about my subject area. Not only did I learn technical information, I got to explore the Ford Research and Innovation Center (where my summer internship was located) and saw other projects in other fields, met a lot of new people, and learned the office lifestyle. I would definitely recommend this to anybody.

What I wish was different

None

Advice

Make sure you use your time wisely. If you finished your work for the day, walk around the building and talk to people and take advantage of this opportunity. Also, Ford offers so many different options so when choosing one, make sure you choose wisely because you will be stuck with it.
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Parts, Supply and Logistics Intern

June - July 2020 • Brownstown, MI

What I liked

Great project

What I wish was different

Remote networking was difficult

Advice

Find a mentor in your first week or two
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Research Intern

June - August 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

the community

What I wish was different

in person instead of virtual

Advice

make as many connections as you can
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Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineer

June - August 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I liked learning about how environmental policy impacts the products that companies make.

What I wish was different

The experience was a virtual internship due to COVID-19. I wish I'd had a more hands on experience, but it id not Ford's fault.

Advice

I would advise forming relationships within the many smaller departments of SE&SE to learn about all aspects of it.
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Plant Layout Intern

June - August 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I really enjoyed the aspect of community that was given to me there. I truly felt like I was part of the company and that my work was making a difference.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been given more tasks, but it was the first virtual internship that Ford has ever been given, so I can't say that it was the company's fault.

Advice

I would say that no one should be afraid to ask questions! People are there to help you and grow you as an engineer
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Marketing, Sales & Service Intern

June - August 2020 • Plano, TX

What I liked

I liked how flexible things were and how they let me take my project in my own direction with it.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been in-person.

Advice

Network. Network. Network.
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