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ZF North America, Inc.

Assist engineers with report writing, perform basic lab tests, measure component dimensions, and update couple scripts to enhance working speed with repetitive tasks.

September - December 2017 • Livonia, MI

What I liked

I worked with smart and dedicated engineers. They tasked me with real engineer work and they treated me as a responsible adult.

What I wish was different

I wish MSU was in Livonia so that I would continue working there.

Advice

- Writing reports are what you will spend a chunk of your time doing if this was your first internship. If you were with the Braking Actuation applications group, they let you choose your own project based on what you think could improve productivity in the workplace. - Work at this internship as if it was your real job and you are going to spend the next 25+ years working it. - Connect with your coworkers and attend optional behavioral trainings if possible. - Be precise in delivering information and assertive when necessary when asking for work to be done for you. Always ask about deadlines and don't be afraid to say I don't know or I'm not sure if asked a question you have no idea how to answer. - Have realistic expectations. Mistakes happen, deadlines get missed and people forget. Make sure you your best job so minimize those mistakes - Make sure to question the purpose of what you are doing at all times.
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Product Engineering Co-op NVH

September - December 2017 • Livonia, MI

What I liked

I liked my coworkers and their willingness to explain concepts to me I haven’t learned. In addition I liked the company and the fact they are involved in the automobile industry. It was fun seeing and testing parts and cars that aren’t released yet.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have asked more questions and learned the material better even if I don’t pursue that as my career choice.

Advice

Try to go out of your way to learn material related to your internship.
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Braking Software Co-op

May - August 2018 • Livonia, MI

What I liked

The people I worked with went out of their way to explain how the project I was working on worked.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more guidance from my manager. I rarely saw him, and consequently, didn't really get to know him.

Advice

You might think you're not interested in a particular subject but you should still keep your mind open to it because you might end up liking it.
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Quality Management Intern

May 2015 • Auburn Hills, MI

What I liked

Pay/Benefits were fantastic. The people were great to deal with.

What I wish was different

I wish I had worked more with the HR side for some more focused experienced.

Advice

Don't be afraid to create something totally new for the company.
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