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U.S. Department of Defense

Cybersecurity Research Assistant

May - August 2021 • Washington, DC

What I liked

It was an excellent foray into OSINT research methods and intelligence work. I was involved directly with my advisor's research and presentation to elements of SOUTHCOM as well as foreign allied nations in Central and South America.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more opportunities to network with my superiors, especially since many of them were taken from top private sector contractors.

Advice

Be upfront and give realistic expectations to your superiors.
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Contract Specialist

May - August 2021 • Hill Air Force Base, UT

What I liked

It opened my eyes to government work. The internship helped me understand how the military aquires and maintains assets.

What I wish was different

I wish covid would have allowed me to go in person. The internship was mainly teleworking.

Advice

I would advise future interns to not be afraid to ask questions.
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Student trainee

May - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Working with a diverse community of civilians and active duty military. A lot of experienced people to learn from. With great stories

What I wish was different

A little more guidance.

Advice

Bring a book on your first day. You may be waiting to start working. For a while. A long while.
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Intern

June - August 2020 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

- Great staff to work with; helped with on the job learning - Got to work on a personal project to help further the Department's mission - Considerable autonomy for an intern

What I wish was different

Advice

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Contracting Specialist Intern

May - August 2019 • Fort Meade, MD

What I liked

My coworkers were excellent and very helpful when I was first learning how to do everything.

What I wish was different

I had a lot of downtime where I had no assignments so I was sometimes bored.

Advice

Make the most of this experience—use it to network and learn about other opportunities in the agency.
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Undergrad Lab Research

June - July 2019 • New Orleans, LA

What I liked

I was able to get real life experience relating to my major and career goals. After I graduate from Dillard University, I plan to attend graduate school so obtain my masters in industrial engineering. I feel like my summer internship has defiantly given me a healthy start into my career.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship was longer. It was only from June to July. I wish I could stay until August so I could receive more practice and experience.

Advice

Do not be afraid to ask for help. It is your education so you should always utilize the resources that are given to you. Don't let a task or project discourage you from giving it your all. we are all here to learn and grow.
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Purchasing agent

August 2015 • Fort Leonard Wood, MO

What I liked

Everyday brings new challenges, encouraging problem solving.

What I wish was different

The skills developed doesn’t translate easily to private sector outside of periodic consulting work. Would prefer to have find a position that eases the transition.

Advice

Be detail oriented and self motivated to research on your own. No one gets it immediately
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Military

June 2019 • Dover Air Force Base, DE

What I liked

The comrade mentality. Uniformity between each other is something that will make everyday tasks easier without having to worry about what to wear. With that out of mind you're able to focus on work.

What I wish was different

Better work hours and less labor intensive tasks but that is the nature of the job.

Advice

Make sure you know what you're getting yourself into before you agree to do this job.
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Engineering Trainee

June 2016 • China Lake, CA

What I liked

The experience and real world application of work

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

I definitely recommend it
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Advanced Individual Training (Soldier)

May - August 2019 • Fort Gordon, GA

What I liked

Being paid to learn a particular skill that had relevance not only in a military setting, but in the civilian world as well. As well, meals were provided for those in training and for the most part it was pretty good.

What I wish was different

More coursework to help those of us who wanted to excel an opportunity to push ourselves.

Advice

What you put into the system is what you get out of it.
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Program Manager Intern

May - August 2019 • Robins Air Force Base, GA

What I liked

During the internship, I really enjoyed all the amazing people and new experiences! I was able to gain work experince in my desired career, build a stronger network, fly for the first in a plane, visit the National Museum of the US Air Force, and become apart of an amazing team that supports our country.

What I wish was different

Advice

The best advice I learned from my experience is to build a strong network. The greater the network you have, the more opportunities and answers you will have access to.
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Program Specialist

May - October 2019 • Duke Field AFS, FL

What I liked

Great experience managing multiple types of job duties including coordinating with vendors and various sales roles. Great opportunity to broaden your business experience in a variety of different industries (travel, sales, facility management, program creation, event coordination, graphic design, marketing campaigns, etc.). Very understanding of student schedules and willing to work with/around you. The employees and management are truly wonderful people.

What I wish was different

I wish the job would have been more applicable to my marketing degree. I also wish that it would have either had narrower/more focused job roles and responsibilities OR that the pay would have been significantly higher to justify the high level work load and amount of simultaneous roles required of you. In short, there should have been a minimum of 2-3 employees accomplishing the roles of the one job in order to maintain quality and consistency. The span of goals and tasks they needed accomplished were greater than a singular employee could adequately accomplish at a sustainable level. Apart from hiring more employees, they could also have just concentrated more on individual goals and accomplishing them one at a time instead of ask of them simultaneously. Also, the management structure necessary to achieve all of their lofty goals at once would need to be less vertical and more horizontal/empowering. The approval process, unfortunately, frequently hampered or stalled progress.

Advice

Know your worth. Do not allow any employer to ever OVER work you and UNDER pay you. Just because you CAN accomplish all the things they want you to, doesn’t mean you should. Make sure that you are always doing everything the best that you can. It’s better to do one thing AMAZING then 10 things OK. If your employer doesn’t understand this, help them to. If they won’t be helped, don’t compromise the integrity of your work for a paycheck. Always make sure you understand their goals and what they expect of you AND that they understand your capabilities and what’s REALISTIC to achieve within a specified timeline.
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Mechanical Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Experience, great team to work with and learn from

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Don’t be scared to jump in and help out
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Avionics Technician

June 2008 • Cherry Point, NC

What I liked

I like volunteering and socialize with local community.

What I wish was different

no comments

Advice

I'm reliable and flexible
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Civilian Personnel Intern

June - August 2019 • Hanscom Air Force Base, MA

What I liked

I loved the people and their willingness to teach me and answer any questions I had.

What I wish was different

I wish there were other interns working in the department I was in.

Advice

This would be a great opportunity for those who want to go into the public sector.
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USHUS

June - August 2019 • Bethesda, MD

What I liked

I liked experiencing how each sub department played a role at the university.

What I wish was different

I wish I met more people outside of my department.

Advice

There was always something going on. Take advantage of he learning experiences.
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Contract Specialist

July 2019 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

What I wish was different

I wish I would have applied sooner. The program that the Department of Defense offers is great. You have the opportunity to move up. For anyone looking to make the military a career, I strongly suggest trying to get a job here. It can also be used as a stepping stone for other federal agencies.

Advice

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Marine Engineering Intern

May - July 2019 • Bethesda, MD

What I liked

I really enjoyed being immersed in a naval engineering environment. I had several successful mentors that taught me different skills that could apply to being in the field.

What I wish was different

I wish I had began a single project and focused on it to build a professional portfolio. I also wish I could’ve had a more broad list of mentors

Advice

I think that with this experience some good advice would be to try and connect with as many people as possible
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Chemical Engineering Intern

August 2019 • Indian Head, MD

What I liked

I was able to receive on the job training in a couple different chemical plants. My position can also transition into a full-time employment upon graduation from college.

What I wish was different

I was only there for seven weeks this summer so they did not have me work specifically on any project. I would have liked to see an actual result from my time there this summer instead of just experience.

Advice

Learn everything you can. Learn everyone's job and try to help where ever you can.
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Student Trainee

June - August 2019 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

Amazing people, great staff

What I wish was different

Job listing was more specific

Advice

Keep an open mind and be personable.
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