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Madison Gas and Electric (MGE)

Electrical Engineering Intern

January 2019 • Madison, WI

What I liked

Flexible work schedule. Great people. Great work environment

What I wish was different

Pay was the same over all 3 years of working there. During COVID-19 Pandemic work became very repetitive.

Advice

Make sure you take the time to network and always keep your eyes open for work/internship opportunities. The more options you have the better. The worst thing that can happen is you have a better options than what you've looked into.
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Gas Engineering Co-op Student

June - December 2020 • Madison, WI

What I liked

The gas engineering group was incredibly supportive! Everyone was available to help if I ever had any questions. I was able to be involved in numerous different types of projects over my time there, which was a wonderful way to expand my experience.

What I wish was different

Due to the pandemic, I was not able to go out into the field as much as I would've liked. The MGE staff worked diligently to get me some field experience whenever possible, so it may be more feasible in the future.

Advice

This is a great company with an intricate support system. I highly recommend working here if you're interested in a variety of engineering disciplines, they offer it all! Additionally, working for a utility is an unique experience that will serve you well in any field going forward.
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Gas Planning Intern

June - August 2021 • Madison, WI

What I liked

The employees at MG&E were nothing but welcoming. I felt comfortable enough to ask as many questions as I could come up with. My team was always able to assist me or guide me whenever I needed the help- never felt like I was on an island. I have to give credit to the team as I learned valuable utility and engineering experience, despite being remote. I am grateful to have been apart of such a supportive group of people.

What I wish was different

Advice

Make an effort to ask as many questions as you can!
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Intern

May 2019 - January 2020 • Madison, WI

What I liked

The work environment was extremely supportive, collaborative, and educational with a lot of hands on experience and the ability to learn through actually being involved in the process, versus just observing from outside.

What I wish was different

The internship had a lack of structure that was both enjoyable, and hindersome, as you were able to choose your own projects, but were not necessarily sure what projects to chase after.

Advice

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HR Intern

June 2020 • Madison, WI

What I liked

MG&E is a great company to work for and really cares about their employees! There is a great culture that was evident even through the virtual internship this summer. Everyone is very welcoming and willing to assist with whatever you need, and they encourage you to ask questions and gain experience in as many areas as possible.

What I wish was different

Advice

Make connections early on and take on as many projects as you can
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Forecasting and Optimization Intern

September 2019 - March 2020 • Madison, WI

What I liked

I was given plenty of responsibilities, including a daily reporting task that the team relied upon and a long-term data analysis project that was attempting to progress how MGE evaluates and forecasts electricity consumption. My manager gave me plenty of freedom to explore areas I was interested in. I felt like my work actually mattered to the team, and it wasn't just boring intern work. I really enjoyed the people I worked with, everyone was nice and always willing to help when I had questions. I also enjoyed going to the MGE office and having my own space, it made me feel like I was actually a part of the office even though I was only there part-time. I was able to create my own work schedule based around my classes, and I was given the freedom to alter it on short notice if I had a midterm or project coming up.

What I wish was different

The work was very heads down and individual, but that's somewhat expected with data science. The set-up of the office wasn't very collaborative, but the team was still very easy to communicate with. Really minimal complaints, I really enjoyed the internship.

Advice

Make an effort to meet people around the office, as everyone was very welcoming. Don't be afraid to take on projects that seem overwhelming at first, the team was interested in seeing me grow and was willing to help when questions arose.
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Environmental Sustainability Engineer

June - August 2020 • Madison, WI

What I liked

Great community! Loved everyone I worked with, very welcoming and actually felt like I was contributing.

What I wish was different

Sadly my experience was mostly remote, would've loved to actually been in the office!

Advice

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Gas Construction Engineering Co-op

January - August 2020 • Madison, WI

What I liked

I liked the small-company feel, which provided plenty of access to management and supervisors. The engineering group was very open and willing to assist me at all times. The location was very convenient to where I live in downtown Madison. The projects were challenging, yet manageable. The transition from a pre-COVID office setting to the post-COVID work-from-home setting was smooth.

What I wish was different

I was not able to get out in the field as much as I wanted (Due to coronavirus concerns, not the fault of MG&E). I wish I could have worked more with AutoCAD and Synergi to gain a better grasp of those programs.

Advice

Reach out early during the co-op, you can gain a lot of experience in different areas within the department (surveying, planning, budgeting, etc) by reaching out to the right people.
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Energy Products and Services Intern

February 2018 - August 2020 • Madison, WI

What I liked

MGE is a very welcoming and collaborative environment. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there as an intern and learned from my fellow employees constantly. After my full-time work in the summer, I stayed on as a part-time intern to help out in my department and the hours were extremely flexible, which is always helpful while taking time-consuming classes. My boss challenged me with interesting projects and provided a truly invaluable experience that led me to pursue a career in the energy industry.

What I wish was different

Advice

Get to know your co-workers and network as much as possible!
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Gas Construction Student Engineer

January - August 2019 • Madison, WI

What I liked

The work environment was very flexible. Everyone I worked with was very helpful and helped me grow as an engineer. The other engineers were very willing to guide me through the experience and learned a lot.

What I wish was different

I wish there was a little more structure in general with the internship.

Advice

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Gas Engineering Coop

January 2018 • Madison, WI

What I liked

Close to campus, convenient, well paid.

What I wish was different

Wish my job had been more mechanical engineering based

Advice

Madison Gas and Electric has a big corporate company feel, yet upper management are very down to earth. Great place to work especially for civil and electrical majors.
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Gas Planning Intern

June - August 2018 • Madison, WI

What I liked

Working for Madison Gas and Electric was a wonderful learning and collaborative experience. All of the employees were friendly and enjoyable to work with. As an intern, I felt comfortable reaching out to co-workers with questions about projects I was working on or topics I wanted to learn more about. My conversations with employees enabled me to learn about how a utility operates, understand project goals, and inspire me to be involved in a plethora of projects. I enjoyed the variety of experiences/projects that I was able to participate in. The flexibility of the internship allowed me to work on projects that interested me and take advantage of new experiences.

What I wish was different

Advice

Take advantage of asking questions and working with co-workers on projects. They are a wonderful guide for assisting with projects and understanding industry procedures/equipment.
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