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Northrop Grumman Corporation

Business Management Intern

June - August 2018 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

Being treated like an actual employee. Working with some of the brightest minds in the defense contracting industry. Given actual, meaningful work.

What I wish was different

Been offered an engineering position, as that is the field I am majoring in.

Advice

Network. Take advantage of getting to know people on the job, create relationships that might lead to a real career one day.
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Facilities

June - August 2018 • Palmdale, CA

What I liked

The people and the environment

What I wish was different

knowledge of rotation program; other options for civil engineering students in addition to facilities

Advice

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Flight Sciences and Test Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Sierra Vista, AZ

What I liked

I liked that I worked on a UAV program and could follow the testing procedures from inception to execution. I also liked that I went to the flight line and saw the UAV's flying during test operations.

What I wish was different

For my returning internship, I hope to gain more experience at the flight line and working more with the data acquisition system.

Advice

My advice is to always keep and open mind and take whatever comes your way. There is no telling what interesting opportunity will arrive.
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GMD Commuication Network Hardware Group

September 2017 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

Very hands on and fun people to work with. They gave me everything I needed as far as a Security Clearance and training and gave me several cool opportunities one of which I get to travel for.

What I wish was different

I wish I had known more about networking and network security before getting here, but it has been very interesting to learn as I go along.

Advice

Study up on communication networks and Ground System Missile Defense as a whole. There are tons of opportunities there.
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Technical Intern

June - August 2017 • Redondo Beach, CA

What I liked

I got to work on some pretty cool new technologies.

What I wish was different

The company cultures is definitely put your shoulder to the wheel.

Advice

Ask for help. There are tons of people perfectly willing to help you.
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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

January 2017 • Ogden, UT

What I liked

I was doing real engineering work. I was not sitting behind a desk trying to rewrite process orders for the shop floor. I feel like I have so much more experience under my belt becuase of this!

What I wish was different

I wish there were more manufacturing engineers. We are often swamped with work so that can be hard to deal with while trying to graduate.

Advice

Do a co-op internship! A co op internship can give you so much more experience and employers really care about your schooling so it's much easier to get time off and make a decent wage while going to school.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2017 • Herndon, VA

What I liked

Learned a lot about software development lifecycle. Management was very flexible, other interns were friendly. Good company culture! Learned a lot of practical computer science skills.

What I wish was different

Onboarding process was a bit tedious.

Advice

Ask for things to do!
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Communication Systems Engineering Intern

June - August 2017 • El Segundo, CA

What I liked

Relaxed learning environment, cool projects.

What I wish was different

Wish there was less routine and more interaction, sometimes being in a cubicle is not the most fun thing.

Advice

Find what type of worker you are, whether you enjoy a lab environment or an office environment, whether you like interacting with others or not. All those factors should determine which job you want to attain (or whether you want to go to graduate school and perhaps work afterwards or pursue academia).
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Technical College Intern

May - August 2017 • Colorado Springs, CO

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to strengthen my networking skills as well as learn something new related to my major that I could potentially apply to a future job.

What I wish was different

Going in they thought I was a different major so I was placed in a wrong position. I learned a lot of new skills in this other area. However it would have been nice to have an internship related to what I study.

Advice

Even if it feels like all you do is the work no one else wants to do, give it 110% effort. Your employer will see your effort and give you more responsibility as time goes on.
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Deployable Products and Mechanisms Intern

June - September 2017 • Redondo Beach, CA

What I liked

I really liked the team that I worked with, and the project I was on was exciting. The product development engineers were very passionate and hardworking. I feel I know what I want to work on when I graduate.

What I wish was different

I wish the work had been slightly more challenging and faster paced. That's the tough thing about short internships. I was there for all the slow paperwork preparation before testing, and had to leave for school right as testing was about to begin.

Advice

Make connections, work hard, always ask for more work when you can. It will reflect well upon you and you will likely be asked to return for an internship or full time job.
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Technical Intern

June - July 2017 • Chester, VA

What I liked

Good work environment, great intern group, great learning experience, great employees

What I wish was different

I wish projects opportunities had been more explicit, but through networking, I managed to find some great projects to work on

Advice

Be social, network with other interns and employees, and take initiative. Don't shy away from projects or opportunities, and work hard on the work you pick up.
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Systems Engineering Intern

June - August 2017 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

Getting to travel to Tennessee for robotics work

What I wish was different

I wish I had my clearance when I first started because I couldn't work on anything until I got that

Advice

Ask for more projects if you're bored
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Systems Engineering Intern

June - August 2017 • San Bernardino, CA

What I liked

The internship program is very organized during your onboarding and after throughout your internship. We had lots of exciting work and got in contact with other interns nationally to see what they're working on, and in the future the program supervisors say they'll let us interns collaborate together if we feel like another intern's project is interesting. There were three branches around the LA-ish area, so we got to go to baseball games, karaoke, dinner, and beach days together as well.

What I wish was different

This comes with working in defense in general, but a lot of what you learn in school is not enough preparation for your intern work, or at least it wasn't in my experience. If you don't specify your skill level, they'll want to challenge you as much as possible. If you want a challenge, then great! If you want a more relaxing summer, though, talk to your supervisor and make sure you tell them your preference on projects.

Advice

Get to know your coworkers. Northrop has a very academic atmosphere that I haven't gotten in past internships. Most everyone you meet will have a wealth of knowledge and a competitive nature - make friends with them because they're bound to be really invigorating people that may even help you out in future job searches.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2017 • Aurora, CO

What I liked

The pay is not horrible, and flexible hours mean that you can work basically whenever as long as you get prior approval. Super easy to do things like work odd hourly days or take longer breaks in the middle of days. You can really flex your time. If you're into defense, it's great experience in the industry.

What I wish was different

No benefits. Low pay compared to other software engineer interns. If you go to GitHub or Google you're getting basically double the pay. You can't flex your time between weeks, because of labor laws. This means that the flex time benefit isn't as useful as it is for permanent employees. Work is hit or miss. Computers are hit or miss. Working on the Northrop Grumman networked computers is terrible. You're relegated to Internet Explorer by default, and have to request internet access.

Advice

Don't try to get your full hourly pay each week. It seems silly, but if you're behind on hours, overworking yourself on one day will kill you. Flex your time up to the point where it's uncomfortable, and then stop. Take a break. It's summer, so take some time to yourself.
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Systems engineer

June - September 2017 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

The location was awesome

What I wish was different

Less coding

Advice

Be proactive and ask questions
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Business Management Intern

May - August 2018 • Linthicum, MD

What I liked

At NGC, it was like the management hierarchy didn't exist in social situations. We had lunch as an intern team multiple times with our sector CFO and contributions were treated equally, regardless of where you sat on the ladder. I had the opportunity to pursue productivity projects that may not have been formally allowed at other companies because of support from my managers. The 9/80 work schedule wasn't a big deal as an intern but I imagine for full-time employees it means quite a bit.

What I wish was different

There didn't ever seem to be enough work to do. Much of my work was self-initiated. When I did receive work from my managers and coworkers, it didn't take long. I found myself wasting a lot of time sitting around even after asking for work to do because there simply wasn't enough to go around and I was limited in my scope as an intern.

Advice

It's a fantastic company, just make sure you make the most out of your internship. It's hard to get in the door at NGC because it's a major defense contractor, but you'll find the work to be very manageable. NGC and its employees are contributing to a great cause: protecting our nation. Never forget that. Make yourself stand out by showing up on time, being flexible, and innovating in your field. You will be rewarded for it. NGC has so many different opportunities in so many different locations, you could stay with the company your entire career and become an incredibly well-rounded individual, truly.
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