Former Supply Chain Operations Management Intern at GE
about 2 years ago
Be a self-starter and be eager to try new things. Don’t be afraid to ask to work on something. Most of the projects I did I asked to do because I had some extra time and they seemed interesting to me. Everything was new and had a steep learning curve but I had a lot of fun working with so many different departments.
If you’re looking to stand out at GE, I would start by having an open mind and curious yearning to keep building/learning. Innovation is absolutely central to the culture. Don’t be afraid to ask curious questions to either better a situation, or for your own learning if you are in the dark on something.
Be driven, ask questions, and engage with everyone. Based on my experience, GE treats their interns like full time employees. They try to assign projects that will create value for the company, ensure that you will be interacting with multiple groups of people, and provide the opportunity for learning and growth. You'll (usually) have a difficult time if you just sit behind your desk all day. Strong people skills and the ability to compromise are a huge benefit in helping resolve issues and understand problems.
Of the 3 facilities I've worked at, it's a common trend that nearly all employees are supportive and more than happy to give you a hand -whether they're giving you advice on a project, insight into what they do/how GE runs, or telling you about all the cool places in the region that are worth visiting. So take the time to meet people and you'll learn a ton.
First of all, keep in mind that the company does know that this is likely your first internship experience, and that you're still in school - much of the job is about learning. With that, you need to be able to keep up and ask questions so that you're getting the most out of the job. Also, it's important to ask questions to make sure you understand your tasks, so that you can get them done properly and on time. Depending on where you get placed, you may spend most of your day working on a computer (a lot of mechanical engineers), or you may be on a team that participated in a lot of meetings. If this is the case, make sure you are listening! You may not be expected to really participate, especially at the beginning, but if you can start to understand what's going on earlier, you can start to do more real work. Be ready to be part of a team. But the biggest skill you'll need is your ability to listen and learn! You'll be taught everything you need to know by your assignment leader.
It's important to carry yourself confidently throughout your time there. One of the most important things is to know how to balance between asking questions and learning things on your own. Being curious and asking for help is never a bad thing, but there are also times that finding out how to do something on your own can be impressive. You received the internship for a reason, so make sure to stay confident and show your coworkers that you are capable.
Be trainable, a truly valuable skill is to answer as many question you can by your own mean such as resources like that would minimizing taking up the bosses time by asking him or her questions.
Produce the most amount of work, while requiring the least amount training. Self teach yourself.
The most important thing is to have a great attitude, have thirst for knowledge and be independent to a certain extend. For instance, don’t ask for help right away as soon as you encounter an issue. First, try to solve it yourself by trying several approaches and then ask for help. When asking for help, you can tell your manager about the issue and what you have tried to solve the problem and why it didn’t work. That will show that you made an honest effort before asking for help.