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Software Test Intern

May - August 2019 • Northridge, CA

What I liked

The team and especially my manager were amazing, very supportive of me and my career goals. The intern cohort was also super cool and friendly. There were a lot of opportunities to grow and learn more about the company.

What I wish was different

I initially was given 3 days right before Thanksgiving to accept the offer, but thankfully they pushed it back a weekend (though still not a lot) to decide.

Advice

Ask questions! Be confident in your abilities.
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Systems Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I really liked the group I was working with. Everyone was nice and friendly, and I always had interesting projects to work on. With a larger site like Minneapolis, there are over a hundred other interns working across all of the campuses, so we had a lot of social events to get to know other interns better.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been given the opportunity to explore other areas of engineering such as R&D or other groups outside the business unit I was in.

Advice

Networking is super important to understanding not only your group but the Medtronic culture as a whole. I networked with a lot of people even at different campuses, and it was a great opportunity for me to understand how Medtronic works
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Design Quality Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Northridge, CA

What I liked

I really appreciated the cross-functional involvement of the role and the chance to work with teams of different engineers to deliver quality assurance and regulatory documents. I also appreciated how interns were valued and work completed was used to drive company progress. Work life balance was awesome and the intern program was wonderfully run for the most part. Also the benefits with regard to housing and relocation assistance were amazing.

What I wish was different

I wish the way that onboarding and key quality documents were given to us was more engaging. I also wish there was transport to and from work and that the housing complex was closer to work.

Advice

Get ready to learn and never forget to ask, why does what I'm doing matter?
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Biomedical Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Plymouth, MN

What I liked

Office was exceedingly welcoming and open to questions. Had access to informational interviews with employees across varying roles across product lines and locations. Received a lot of hands on experience with products and was given freedom to pursue own project.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to have more say in my project direction. Sometimes the large-company bureacracy slowed progress, which was frustrating.

Advice

If you get the position, network as much as possible.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

June - September 2018 • Northridge, CA

What I liked

My internship experience was incredibly hands on, and the company was very ready for me with a relevant project, access to all the resources I would need, a manager and mentor with a similar background to myself, and housing for the summer. I really enjoyed getting to work on my own project from the initial development stages to its completion. Overall, Medtronic has a very well organized engineering internship program, and really sets its interns up for potential long-term roles within the company.

What I wish was different

I would have preferred to work on a project within a team of other interns or full-time employees, and across multiple disciplines. I think this would have reflected what a typical engineering project looks like in industry, and would help me get better connected within the company.

Advice

Definitely don't be afraid to ask questions from those around you, everyone in this company is more than willing to lend a helping hand. Also, I found that talking to engineers in other departments was incredibly rewarding as I got to learn about other potential career paths, and see a wider scope of Medtronic's operations as a whole.
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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

June 2019 • Santa Rosa, CA

What I liked

What I like about my job is the wealth of knowledge between all my colleagues and how they have no problem answering questions when asked. I learned a lot about real world experience and how our products make an impact in people in need.

What I wish was different

One thing would be the use of more engineering analysis to solve a problem based on what we learned in our classes.

Advice

A piece of advice I would share would be to ask a lot of questions and learn as much as you can. Get involved in projects without being asked to and share what you can offer based on your knowledge.
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Biomedical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Northridge, CA

What I liked

I loved the hands on experience and the amount of responsibility they gave their interns. I really enjoyed learning on the job as well and learning new programs.

What I wish was different

I wish that some of the relocation services were more considerate of people coming in from out of state.

Advice

Know who your audience is when speaking.
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Quality Coop

May - August 2019 • Jacksonville, FL

What I liked

Learned a lot of on the job experience.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to network more than I did.

Advice

Go to different departments and learn as much as you can.
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Finance Intern

July 2018 • Northridge, CA

What I liked

I was able to have a mentor/boss that would help me improve myself throughout my professional career. I also was able to greatly improve on my Excel skills.

What I wish was different

I came in during a time of restructuring, so the direction was a bit unclear initially.

Advice

Be proactive in the workplace, but not overly pushy.
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Systems Engineer

May - August 2017 • Boston, MA

What I liked

The mentorship program was fantastic - monthly check-ins with my manager helped me to focus on career development as well as my technical development. I also had a "peer-mentor" who was closer in age to me and was and still is able to provide career development advice. I was able to work on a variety of projects and learn a lot about the particular system we were developing. Even though I was not in a location with many interns they still hosted several intern events for those of us in the region.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more interns at my location, or that I was based out of a larger regional office/headquarters.

Advice

Use an internship opportunity to meet and connect with as many people as possible, and to learn about different career paths that may interest you. Don't be afraid to ask to work on parts of the ongoing projects that interest you most, even if it is not necessarily what you were hired to do.
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Biomedical Engineering Intern

May 2018 • North Haven, CT

What I liked

Medtronic offered a great way to gain industry experience as a BME while getting to work on a real product and make meaningful contributions.

What I wish was different

Advice

Ask a lot about the project you will be working on, it can make or break the internship!
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Product Development Intern

May - August 2019 • Boston, MA

What I liked

The work and projects were extremely fulfilling and meaningful. I also learned a ton about medical devices.

What I wish was different

I wish I could go back because I had the best time.

Advice

My advice is to use personal networks and people skills to get jobs, not always rely on online portals.
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Systems Engineer

January - August 2019 • Mounds View, MN

What I liked

I liked the opportunity to work on the verification and validation of a product with a hands on role in the testing and protocol development. I also liked the numerous opportunities for cross-functional communication and the integration of various skills within the team.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to rotate through various roles a bit more to get a more well rounded experience and more exposure to different products.

Advice

Work hard and take advantage of all the wonderful resources available to you at the company.
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Clinical Specialist

May 2019 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

It was a job that I didn't know existed for biomedical engineering majors and it ended up being something I really enjoyed. The job offers me the chance to interact with many different people such as doctors, nurses, patients and other engineers.

What I wish was different

I wish I had received a little more direction while training, but it was also a new internship program so not many people new the plan.

Advice

I would say this isn't a typical job or internship. It is a lifestyle choice since there are days you could be working 4 hours and then other days you could be working over 8 hours and have to drive up to 2 hours away for the day.
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Clinical Specialist Intern

April 2019 • Miami, FL

What I liked

I loved gaining clinical experience, working with physicians, surgeons, and patients alike. The internship was fast-paced with unique circumstances coming up every day. I was given a greater insight to the sales side of engineering while also working as a health care professional.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't be afraid to reach out and ask questions! If you don't understand it now, you won't understand it later.
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Biomedical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Northridge, CA

What I liked

The work was impactful, I was given real and ambitious, yet attainable projects. My managers were great, and pushed me really hard to be my best.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had more time to complete projects, maybe extending the program by one week.

Advice

Make connections!! Take time out of your day to meet with managers, engineers, and techs of other groups to learn as much about the company and work that you can.
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Supply Chain Intern

May - August 2019 • Northridge, CA

What I liked

I loved getting hands on experience with supply chain including time in many different disciplines within supply chain. The team at Medtronic was very welcoming and always were available to help me if I was lost.

What I wish was different

Having choices between which of the available apartments would have been nice but it did not deter from my experience.

Advice

Come in ready to learn and don't be afraid to ask for help.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I loved the company culture and the supportive atmosphere! The products that they work on save and enhance lives, and I'm proud to have worked there.

What I wish was different

I wish the wage was a bit more competitive, and I wish that they provided a transportation stipend.

Advice

Expand your network and learn about many departments at the company!
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Biomedical Engineering Intern

May 2017 • North Haven, CT

What I liked

I enjoyed learning how to write engineering reports, performing hands on testing, and interfacing with surgeons.

What I wish was different

I wish I owned a project that I completed from start to finish.

Advice

Advocate for yourself and make sure that you communicate well with your manager and other colleagues.
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Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Mounds View, MN

What I liked

I really liked the company and their mission. They also had many interesting advanced projects going on. The work culture was really nice too. Therefore, I decided to accept their return offer.

What I wish was different

My team was very different from technology teams at Medtronic. Therefore, at times, I felt excluded from many intern activities because my division fell under research so I was not invited to Software Intern activities despite being a Software Engineering Intern.

Advice

I got the full-time return offer from a different team and I met the manager of this new team through networking. Therefore, I advise every to network vigorously when they join a company.
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