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General Dynamics Mission Systems

Software Systems Engineer

January - August 2020 • Pittsfield, MA

What I liked

Everyone is very friendly! Lots of heads-down work, but when it comes time to collaborate teams are productive and fun. Everyone is great about answering questions too. Every other Friday off and good pay, and lots of opportunities to pursue whatever work and projects you are interested in or take courses and training!

What I wish was different

I wish I had asked for feedback and advice earlier on. Work with my team and program was interesting and engaging but I wish there had been more intern events and opportunities to work and meet with other interns

Advice

Ask connections to tell you about the company's history and facilities
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Taunton, MA

What I liked

Learning new things about the field, the freedom to create, and the community.

What I wish was different

I wish it could have been in person as opposed to remote.

Advice

Use your time while interning to connect to people; reach out and network. Ask people questions so you can learn from their experience.
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Business Development Intern

May 2020 • Pittsfield, MA

What I liked

This internship allowed me to branch out and experience a field I had not considered before. Even as a remote internship, I was able to improve my professional skills and work with very experienced individuals at the company!

What I wish was different

Advice

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Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Herndon, VA

What I liked

Very focused on learning, as much hands-on experience as possible given COVID restrictions. Friendly co-workers and lots of intern centered events.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Engineer Intern

May 2020 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

The whole experience has been great. People are friendly and the expectations aren’t too high but challenging nonetheless.

What I wish was different

Not much.

Advice

Just be ready to work hard and spend time learning things like programming languages and such.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Scottsdale, AZ

What I liked

GD was a wonderful place to work. The people in particular were great to work with, and made a great environment.

What I wish was different

The terms used in the job were hard to adapt to, with so many different acronyms and terms to learn...

Advice

Try to get jobs that allow you to get experience in a lot of different areas to determine what you like to do.
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Site Reliability Engineering Intern

May 2018 - December 2019 • Scottsdale, AZ

What I liked

Lots of autonomy in how I wanted to do projects. Great coworkers, friendly environment.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be proactive and take advantage of your coworkers to learn new things
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ASIC/FPGA Intern

March 2018 • Scottsdale, AZ

What I liked

I enjoyed most of the experience. It was interesting and very useful to get hands on training and work on an actual project being shipped to customers. The hours were manageable and my manager was very willing to adjust my hours to reflect my schooling needs.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a wider variety of topics to work on. Since I was assigned to one project, I worked extensively within that project and didn't get to experience as much as I could have.

Advice

Go into the internship with a willingness to work hard and learn from your coworkers, and you will likely get an offer to return and continue your internship.
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Software Engineer Intern

August 2018 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

I work in an office with people who are very willing to help one another, and as an intern, this is extremely important. I get to work on real projects and make an impact like a full time engineer would.

What I wish was different

Nothing, I’m very happy with my experience.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. As an intern, you’re expected to know little to nothing about the actual job you’re hired to do. It’s all about your will and ability to learn.
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Computer Engineer

January - August 2019 • Pittsfield, MA

What I liked

I got to work on projects that I loved with great people in a great environment! That and free coffee and hot chocolate!!

What I wish was different

I wish I had explored the city and mingled with the other interns more.

Advice

I would advise my peers to work hard, ask questions, and come in every day with high energy!
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Mechanical Engineering Co-Op

May - December 2019 • McLeansville, NC

What I liked

Everything was really hands-on and I was able to contribute to some awesome missions.

What I wish was different

I wish they were a bit more prepared for the interns, the first month was really slow without much work to do.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask around for more work if you find yourself with nothing to do.
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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Scottsdale, AZ

What I liked

My manager and mentor cared about me and my experience. Good overview of company. High level of trust in me. I had a lot of autonomy.

What I wish was different

More engineering exposure vs manufacturing exposure.

Advice

Do not be afraid to ask questions for clarification before acting.
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Computer Systems Software Engineer

June 2018 • Santa Clara, CA

What I liked

Great people, fun projects.

What I wish was different

More team oriented work

Advice

Never be afraid to be honest
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Intern IT Engineer

January - August 2019 • Pittsfield, MA

What I liked

Loved working on projects that are important to the US national security. Great people, great organization. Good work as well. Meaningful and relevant security work with good benefits. Culture is changing for the better as well.

What I wish was different

Slightly less interaction with boss, more individual focused. More directed coop experience during jan - may. When august hit there was more intern/coop events.

Advice

Location is sub par if you're a city person. If you love the wild and hiking, this location is absolutely perfect for you. Make friends, it goes a long way in any organization.
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Software Engineering Intern

May 2018 • Chantilly, VA

What I liked

Working closely alongside engineers to tailor the software designed specifically to their needs

What I wish was different

Working with a tech stack that allowed for more mentorship

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions - it shows you're eager to learn and contribute
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Finance intern

May 2019 • Greensboro, NC

What I liked

It was an amazing experience. I saw everything from basic accounting journal entries, to being able to sit in on the CFO’s monthly financial meeting. I also had many opportunities to have a hang in very important work, like: updating the workload forecast, or assisting a proposal team reviews.

What I wish was different

Nothing, it was a very diverse experience and I learned a lot.

Advice

Definitely ask tons of questions. Your employers know that you are there to learn, and the more questions you ask up front, the less you’ll have to ask in the future and will become a more autonomous worker.
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Engineer Intern

May 2018 • Scottsdale, AZ

What I liked

I gained a lot of experience relevant to my degree and career goals

What I wish was different

I wish there was a location closer to my residence.

Advice

It was a great opportunity that I found through my capstone project. When you get into your capstone make sure you seriously consider the projects and look for something that can benefit you. Choose something that can provide employment or experience that will significantly help gaining employment elsewhere.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

April 2017 • Scottsdale, AZ

What I liked

Learning from professionals in industry

What I wish was different

More variety of work

Advice

Work hard and learn from as many people as you can
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IT Engineer Intern

June 2018 • Pittsfield, MA

What I liked

Hands-on experience

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Engineering

May 2018 • Scottsdale, AZ

What I liked

The people, work, culture, and prestige

What I wish was different

Advice

Work as hard as you can, be diligent, and it will go a long way.
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