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National Grid

Contractor Oversight Intern

June - August 2021 • Braintree, MA

What I liked

Great employer to work for! As an intern everyone there understands that you're learning. Everyone will help you to learn the industry, not just your specific role. As a summer intern the Campus to Careers Team tried their hardest to host speakers from the company to speak about their roles and how they got there and virtual tours of sites. The team also organized events where I able to meet other interns in National Grid across New England virtually and network with them. Overall a great place to intern if you're interested in having a very fun busy summer! Bonus, there were plenty of in-person site visits!

What I wish was different

The commute was rough somedays and due to covid most events were virtual (but still great events).

Advice

Ask questions! Everyone there is helpful and wants to teach you about what they're doing! Plus it's a great way to network within the company.
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IT change delivery intern

July 2020 • Waltham, MA

What I liked

I love how willing people are to help within the company with whatever questions you might have or with the projects that you are working on. They are very accommodating and my current boss is very constructive with the comments about how I can improve myself for my future careers.

What I wish was different

I wish it wasn't a virtual internship due to the COVID.

Advice

I would share that it is a great place to work with many wonderful opportunities to grow and develop as a future employee. I would say if you are thinking about making a bold move within the company, do it! You may not like it at first, but it will be great experience regardless.
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Customer relations intern

May 2020 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

I loved how I was given real tasks to complete and embraced by the company.

What I wish was different

I wish it hadn’t been fully remote.

Advice

When you have an internship, dive in and learn as much as you can.
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Gridtern

July - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Since it was remote, they hosted several webinars throughout the summer so the interns across the Northeast could connect and learn about the company.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more variety in the type of work I completed.

Advice

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Transmission Asset Management

July - August 2020 • Waltham, MA

What I liked

i got paid

What I wish was different

more relevancy to what i study more actual work

Advice

they call the work "engineering" but its more like a combination of business and engineering and more about the business, literally just the management of National Grid assets like transformers and stuff
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Customer Energy Management: Growth and Policy Development Intern

July - August 2020 • Syracuse, NY

What I liked

I loved how the work I was doing is going to be used to make an impact in the clean energy world.

What I wish was different

It would’ve been great to have this experience in person.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to reach out to your manager or other interns. I loved how National Grid encouraged us to create personal connections despite the circumstances.
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Enterprise Change Intern

July - August 2020 • Waltham, MA

What I liked

Very nice people to work with, really good experience

What I wish was different

In person rather than virtual

Advice

be open to learning new things but typically this is more for people interested in the gas and electric industry
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Sustainability Intern

July - August 2020 • Waltham, MA

What I liked

Produced work beneficial to the company in the far and immediate future.

What I wish was different

Having the ability to make site visits as was planned pre-COVID.

Advice

Ask more questions than you think is necessary!
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Civil Engineering Intern

May 2019 • Norwood, MA

What I liked

I got tons of hands-on experience in the field and also spent time in the office learning about different computer programs! It was a great internship experience to move forward as a civil engineering student.

What I wish was different

The commute time

Advice

Create a relationship with your co-workers so that you can enjoy a friendly environment, and ask questions!
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Pressure Regulation Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Syracuse, NY

What I liked

Very established internship program with a lot of opportunities to network with full time employees as well as other interns.

What I wish was different

The work was challenging sometimes, but not always. I wish I had more of an opportunity to use my knowledge from school.

Advice

Take advantage of all opportunities that are available to interns!
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Chemical Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I loved the small plant atmosphere. I was able to develop great relationships with everyone in the plant, as well as all of the visitors. I also was given large responsibilities due to the fact that everyone there was aware of my capabilities.

What I wish was different

I wish my commute was a little shorter. NY traffic is not light and so a 2 hour drive home everyday is not ideal.

Advice

If you have the opportunity to work for this company, do it! They have a wonderful workplace environment. The employees push you to be your best self. Take advantage of every moment because you get what you put into it.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Waltham, MA

What I liked

I loved being able to work both in the office and at multiple substation sites

What I wish was different

I wish there was another intern in the same department so that we could work together sometimes and learn from each other as well.

Advice

Always listen and be attentive. There is endless learning because not all substations are the exact same
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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Waltham, MA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Be open to learning from all different departments and exploring beyond your department as well ! Your supervisor will encourage you to do this as you should and build many relationships.
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Protection Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • Syracuse, NY

What I liked

It was very informative and the people really wanted to teach you.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Ask questions when you don't know something. People are more than happy to help you.
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Customer Energy Integration - Business Support Intern

June - August 2018 • Waltham, MA

What I liked

Overall, I valued the intern Lunch and Learn sessions, specifically the one focused on resume review. In my specific department, I enjoyed working with a team that had a start-up like culture. This department is new and overflowing with projects so I could tell that my efforts had impact.

What I wish was different

More interaction with other interns.

Advice

Make the effort to meet professionals in different departments over coffee in the break room. National Grid is a large company and there's something for everyone no matter your skills or interests. Many people are happy to share their career journey with you!
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Intern

May - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Try 2x as hard as you did when you first work for a department.
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Plant Optimization and NERC CIP Compliance Intern

May - August 2018 • Hicksville, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't be afraid to speak up. When I first started I was placed in a Power Plant and there was a mistake in HR that led the plant to think I was a mechanical engineering student. At the beginning of my internship, they did not have any work for me as a Computer Science student. I spoke with my supervisor and explained that I was interested in finding a part of the company that would better suit my interests. My supervisor transferred me into the Plant Optimization and NERC CIP Compliance department which was really interesting and I had a much better experience from that point on.
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Operations and Controls Manager's Intern

May - August 2018 • Island Park, NY

What I liked

Gave me real life job experience. I got comfortable working with people older than I am and there were many opportunities to network.

What I wish was different

Advice

Proves that time and experience goes a long way so never get discouraged. When I first started at the power plant I knew nothing about power generation. It was very intimidating walking around the power plant and not knowing how any of the systems/machines worked or what their purpose was. However, by the end of the summer I was giving tours to visitors at the plant and was able to almost any question they asked me.
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Business Development Intern

May - August 2017 • Waltham, MA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the environment, the people I worked with, and just the emphasis on the development of skills that I could use during my time there and future internships/jobs I pursue. They were very inviting, and ensured that the time I spent there was about how I could professionally develop, and less about what work they could make me do.

What I wish was different

I wished I could have gained more industry-specific skills, such as computer software, etc.

Advice

Be willing to be a self-starter. What made this summer for me was that I was always on the hunt for new tasks, and it lead to me being able to work on a project with the National Grid US CEO/President. Be willing to extend extra effort and work, because it can definitely pay huge dividends in the end.
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Digital Marketing Intern

June - August 2017 • Syracuse, NY

What I liked

I liked that I was able to learn more about how to post on social media from a business perspective. I got to learn how to use the platform Sprinklr, which I think will be really helpful. Also I was treated like an adult instead of just an intern. They really valued my opinions and trusted me with a lot.

What I wish was different

I wish that my start date was earlier. There were issues with onboarding dates, and they started most interns way later than normal.

Advice

If you want to learn something specific, just ask. It'll show a lot to your boss and colleagues that you're interested in the work, and honestly they won't know what you really want to learn unless you ask.
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