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Northrop Grumman Corporation

Technical Intern

May - July 2021 • Melbourne, FL

What I liked

The people were really nice. This was my second internship within mass properties and everyone was proud that I came back for another summer. I also was doing meaningful work so I really felt like I belonged within the group.

What I wish was different

The first day was kind of a trainwreck. The first day for interns wasn't really organized in the best way.

Advice

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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Gilbert, AZ

What I liked

There was a really great culture at the Gilbert Campus! I also liked walking through the manufacturing building to see what the company was physically working on at the time.

What I wish was different

Honestly, nothing! The work-life balance was great. The pace is a little slow as an intern, but once I started learning more, I found more work to do. Having a great mentor to work alongside with made a huge difference, too.

Advice

Be patient! Onboarding takes a few days, and you will spend the first couple of weeks in training.
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Propulsion Engineering Intern

January 2020 • Chandler, AZ

What I liked

I liked the community and the variety of experiences that the company provided for their interns. This past summer, NG also hosted plenty of events with interns to be able to interact together and learn more about opportunities and the vision of the company.

What I wish was different

I wish there was greater outreach of mentorship to the interns joining on last summer. I was lucky to have great mentorship when I was first onboarded, but it seems like my department got much more busy recently and couldn't provided that same guidance to the new interns.

Advice

Always be willing to say YES! The opportunities are fun and make a difference, either for the department or for the program that you contribute to.
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Software Engineer

April - August 2021 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

I liked the team environment and the technical skills that I was able to learn from the other engineers.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more tasking related to my job title.

Advice

Do not be afraid to take on tasks where you might not succeed on the first attempt. This will allow you to learn from experience and have a better understanding of how professional work is done.
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Systems Engineering Intern

June - September 2021 • Redondo Beach, CA

What I liked

Great team, great work

What I wish was different

More pay

Advice

Highly recommend it, take advantage of mentors who are very willing to help you.
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Electro-Mechanical Technician

June 2019 • Redondo Beach, CA

What I liked

I liked the fact that I was directly working with engineers assembling the James Webb Space Telescope. I loved the fact that I was working on a piece of equipment that will re-write the history books.

What I wish was different

Nothing, the people are incredible, the experience was/is surreal!

Advice

The one piece of advice that I could share about this experience is to be grateful. Being grateful allows your passion and enthusiasm radiate you and everything you do. Btw- don’t forget to network! You never know who you’ll meet and who can be come a lifelong friend.
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Business Management Intern

June 2020 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

I joined an incredibly welcoming team that was willing to train me on new tasks and ideas. I was very happy with how well Northrop provided accommodations to work from home and continue with the internship program during COVID.

What I wish was different

The internship has been completely remote, but that is not NGC’s fault by any means. I wish I had more opportunity to learn about various projects outside of my daily routine.

Advice

Always try and reach out to coworkers to learn more about what they do! You may find something you are interested in.
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Quality Engineer

May - July 2020 • Palmdale, CA

What I liked

I loved the working atmosphere. It was very collaborative even through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

What I wish was different

Advice

I would strive to ask other workers about their experience and their background. You can learn a lot about a company through the workers stories. I would also have confidence in your abilities in problem-solving. Try your best and do not give in too early.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Herndon, VA

What I liked

I liked the large scale of the company and the ability to create opportunity for yourself. The environment was very low pressure and it was a place to learn and brush up on soft skills. The environment is designed for it to be very low stakes and an environment for growth.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more direction and that the on boarding process was smoother. The projects weren't very well defined so it pays to be a self starter. I wish there were more company events and opportunities to mingle with interns.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and place yourself in an uncomfortable position. Become comfortable being uncomfortable.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2020 • Woodland Hills, CA

What I liked

I really like the company culture and the work that they do. Being an aerospace and defense company, the work you do there feels meaningful and you can physically see and feel the work you doing being applied somewhere. For example, if you're involved with working on a helicopter, you know that whatever you're being involved with, whether it's writing flight software code or building circuits, it'll be implemented and utilized within the coming weeks. The staff and company there do their best to make you feel comfortable and included in all aspects, whether its activities or inclusivity. During my time there I felt that the company did its best to make sure its employees felt comfortable and tried their best to meet their accommodations and make them happy. As a software engineer, I gained a better understanding of software development and learned a lot about their processes. Working alongside other engineers and being able to get their advice and input allows you to learn a lot and gain experience.

What I wish was different

Obviously, with COVID-19, all the interns for 2020 had to work remotely. It's great that they were able to still accommodate and take care of all the offers they had promised, but work felt a little more disconnected. I know from experience that working in an office environment is a lot more motivating and a lot more interesting. For a company like Northrop Grumman, there are labs where you can see things being built and tested. In an online environment, that's not possible. There's less of an opportunity to move around and see different things. My assignment and tasks for the majority of the summer remained relatively the same, but again, since it was remote working, it was harder to give interns work that they can purely do online. Given the difficult circumstance though, they tried their best to give interns meaningful and interesting work.

Advice

From this experience, I would tell others to not be afraid and really know what they want to do and why they want to do. Some people aren't built to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day, while some others are. Always be open to any and all opportunities because it'll allow you to get closer to knowing what you want. In the workplace, don't be afraid to contact other people and talk to them. I found that most employees when they have free time, are really willing to share their lives and their professional experiences. People are an excellent resource because they've done a lot of failure for you and can give you the answers to what they've learned and what you to do in the future. Reach out to people that you find interesting or are in a career that you want to pursue in and don't be afraid to ask them questions!
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College Intern Technical

May - July 2020 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

I liked that the company was making choices to tackle COVID and that I was even able to still work with Northrop Grumman. The workspace was really nice and I made some valuable connections. Also, I learned even more and I was able to do a lot more work than I was when I worked as an intern there the first time.

What I wish was different

Since I started working during a COVID pandemic, lots of things like shipments for equipment were delayed and I didn't get a personal computer for almost a month. I also want to try to work in a different sector or team next time.

Advice

The culture of the company is amazing, I always felt comfortable to share things that I had done and the team I worked with was very encouraging.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

Great work environment and people.

What I wish was different

Hard to find what you want to work on as a intern unless you network really hard.

Advice

Network as much as possible.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Great industry learning experience. I was able to see how software is actually built in a realistic environment, versus just in my classes.

What I wish was different

Since Northrup Grumman is a contractor, all work had to be charged to a certain contract. Therefore intern events required you to stay later, which discouraged attendance.

Advice

Ask questions!
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2020 • Palmdale, CA

What I liked

Being fully integrated into an engineering environment and working on projects that were benefiting the company.

What I wish was different

Considering much of the collaboration between employees was virtual due to covid-19, I wish there were more in-person interactions.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions. An inquisitive mindset will not only show others that you truly want to learn but also help you build communication skills.
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Embedded Systems Software Intern

June - August 2020 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Everyone was extremely helpful and willing to help teach you new things as well as troubleshoot with you. Good place to learn good business practices/how companies work.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been other interns on my team as well as having more structured tasks assigned to me.

Advice

Be proactive and ask for help anytime you need it. Take advantage of the free learning experiences.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

Relaxing team and culture. Team is very easy-going

What I wish was different

Remote software development experience could have been better due to the infrastructure not being there for providing a fast and easy way of developing software

Advice

Be open to whatever team you are placed on. Learn as much as you can from the team even if it is a team that you did not initially seem interested in. There could still be useful things you may learn that may apply to other areas you are interested in.
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Pricing and Estimating Intern

June 2020 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Hard tasks, a lot of learning, insight into the industry.

What I wish was different

The remote nature of the work was not the most ideal, however, I am happy they extended the opportunity despite being remote.

Advice

Ask a lot of questions.
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College Technical Intern

December 2018 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

Great opportunities where you have to be proactive if you want to learn anything. My success and learning was directly related to my hard work.

What I wish was different

I wish the interview with the Northrop at the career fair was more personable and not so rigid. I was asked questions and it felt like they typed my whole answer. When I applied to the SLC Mission Systems sector it was night and day different. I love it here.

Advice

Don’t hesitate to jump in and ask for help, projects, or clarification on tasks.
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Digital Hardware Engineering intern

June - August 2020 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

The staff is incredible. Everyone pours into you and your development as an engineer. I learned something new every day.

What I wish was different

This summer, the internships were virtual which took away from the networking events.

Advice

Don't be afraid to try! I almost didn't apply to this company 2 years ago because I was intimidated by how big of a company they were. I applied, got hired for the summer of 2019, returned in the summer of 2020, and am returning full time in 2021. It's been one of the best experiences!
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Software Engineer Intern

June 2020 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

My task manager at Northrop Grumman encouraged creativity in a very unique way. My summer consisted of a few tasks, but one main, larger project. I had a version of the project completed, and when I showed it to my manager, he said that he had had interns do this project before, but he was looking for a new way to do it. So, he encouraged me to go take another look at it and really go at it my own way. This was a great environment to work in. In school, is it common that every assignment has one main way to complete it. However, for my internship, I was able to exercise my creativity and find a new solution to an old problem.

What I wish was different

Although there were advantages to remote work, I wish my internship had been in the office physically. Advantages to remote work included saving money on gas, a better sleep schedule, better mental health activities, and a more positive impact on our environment. However, as this was my first internship, I would have preferred an in-person experience. This would have allowed me to network more efficiently and perhaps accomplish more throughout my time. I am more of an extrovert, and I place very high value on face-to-face interaction and networking, so and in-person experience would have suited me better.

Advice

The biggest piece of advice I could give anyone going into a Software internship as follows, and it's deceptively simple... Do more. Do more than all of the other interns. Do more than your managers expect of you. This does not just mean do more in technical terms, but also do more in terms of networking and soft skills. I made sure I did more than was expected of me, and it allowed me to not only continue my internship past the summer, but also land a return offer. If you finish a task, go to your manager and ensure it's done correctly and ask for another one. Be the intern that reaches out to upper managements and sets appointments with them to network. Do not wait for management to reach out to you. I spoke with my manager twice per week, and my manager's manager (the project manager) twice a month at least. If you're in a meeting with a lot of people and someone from upper management is giving a presentation, make sure you ask at least one question if there's a QnA. Believe it or not, upper management will remember you if you reach out and ask questions more than any other intern. DO THE MOST!!!!
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