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Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport

Electrical Engineering Intern

May - July 2021 • Newport, RI

What I liked

I was treated like a full member of the team, got hands-on with the equipment, and had independence when it came to my internship project.

What I wish was different

The work could have been faster paced.

Advice

Be proactive about work here. My experience had little structure, and so it was up to me to make the most of my experience. I think this will apply to anyone doing an internship here and is a consequence of this being a government role.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - July 2021 • Newport, RI

What I liked

I was treated like a regular engineer and given lots of autonomy. Managers and coworkers were accommodating to the best of their ability to let me gain the kind of experiences I wanted to get. The work often has direct implications/effects on the submarine fleet, so the work is meaningful; I felt like I was helping my country. The people were friendly and I made good friends in my department. In general, I was happy to go into work each day.

What I wish was different

The work was often slow and I had to find ways to fill my time, since there was no firm schedule in my department (I cannot testify about other departments, and there are a lot of other departments). There were lots of frustrating inefficiencies that were impossible to resolve, probably because of bureaucracy in the Navy administration.

Advice

Be proactive. There is no firm schedule or outline for work and internships here, so you need to push your coworkers and supervisors to be able to do what you want to do. It won't be handed to you unless you ask for it.
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Software Engineer Intern

July - September 2020 • Newport, RI

What I liked

Friendly co-workers. Easy to telework.

What I wish was different

More in-person contact, but not much we could’ve done about that.

Advice

Working at NUWC don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are going to be things you don’t understand and they would rather you ask than let it all go over your head.
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Mechanical Engineer

May 2019 • Newport, RI

What I liked

The atmosphere of work as well as the people and type of work is great.

What I wish was different

Potentially explore more areas of work within the company.

Advice

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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Newport, RI

What I liked

Working at NUWC is very hands on and provides many networking opportunities. The engineers working there are very friendly and knowledgeable, making it easy to learn and ask questions.

What I wish was different

More preparation on the part of NUWC in terms of work to do.

Advice

Ask a lot of questions.
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Computer Engineering Intern

July 2019 • Newport, RI

What I liked

Independence

What I wish was different

Wish I'd received permissions sooner, wish there was more work assigned that wasn't just reading/writing/editing documentation

Advice

Get permission requests in ASAP
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Engineer

May 2017 • Newport, RI

What I liked

I was treated like a real member of the team

What I wish was different

I wish the project used more modern engineering practices and languages

Advice

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Mechanical Engineering Intern

June 2019 • Newport, RI

What I liked

My fellow co-workers are extremely welcoming and open to offering advice and assistance on anything and everything. I also always stay busy when I am there with tasking that is never ending and very intriguing.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to jump right into the big projects being worked on there, but as an intern, you are not capable of attaining a secret clearance, which you need for some of these projects' taskings.

Advice

Get your hands dirty with as much tasking as possible as soon as possible and get to know as many people as possible. Walk around and ask questions to other NUWC employees about what they are working on to get a feel for which code/projects you'd most likely see yourself working in/on.
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Intern

June - August 2019 • Newport, RI

What I liked

Hands on experience

What I wish was different

More work with other departments

Advice

Get involved and meet as many people as you can
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Mechanical Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Newport, RI

What I liked

The scope of this experience was incredible. There was such a wide range of topics that engineers at this facility must be knowledgeable about. I learned about Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. I thoroughly enjoyed how I could go down to the machine shop, mess with hardware, and get my hands dirty. I was able to solder electrical components, drill and tap aluminum plates, reverse engineer Vent and Charge valves, and even help to assemble test subjects. The mentors at this facility taught me about collecting, transmitting, processing, and analyzing data as well. After this experience, I feel much more well-rounded as an engineer and am more confident in my technical, professional, and communication abilities.

What I wish was different

A lot of people will tell you that the red tape and bureaucracy of the government tends to slow efficiency. Throughout my experience, I would agree, but I also learned that these things are necessary to keep our country safe.

Advice

Rhode Island is beautiful, be excited if you get an opportunity to spend time there.
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Marine Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Newport, RI

What I liked

I enjoyed working with other ocean engineers in Newport, I was able to learn a lot about my field. It helped expand my network here at school as well and gain insight into what I want to do after graduation.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Accounting Clerk

October 2017 - August 2018 • Newport, RI

What I liked

Flexible schedule, nice facilities, fast work pace. My supervisor was a Norwich Alumni.

What I wish was different

Nicer coworkers.

Advice

Go in head on, take on the challenge, get the job done and move on to the next one as fast as possible. Be friendly and inviting, don’t forget to take part in command activities.
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