Former Electronics Hardware Engineer at GE Appliances
about 3 years ago
Be confident. Own your mistakes and your successes. Document your work well; it will be used as evaluation material when you are considered for full-time employment. Seek out knowledge and apply it to your projects. Communicate everything to your Assignment leader, and take criticism and praise constructively.
Be proactive. Look for problems and seek out ways to resolve them. Pull together groups of people to accomplish something. Just because you are an intern doesn't mean you can't make a difference, so take the time to voice your ideas to the people who can help you implement them. Also, play to your strengths and actively work on your weaknesses. If there is something that you REALLY want to work on, or a project that you really want to be involved in, it's more than worth it to talk to your boss about the possibility of dedicating some of your time to it. What you accomplish and how you accomplish it are just two of the many factors that will make you stand out.
From what I noticed during my time with GE, the company loves to hire their interns. I would say around 70-80% of the interns I have met in GE landed jobs offers and some of them already became senior managers. My tips to turn an internship into full time offer are:
- To first have an open minded mentality to learn and to improve as GE adores process improvements.
- You also need to develop connection with other employees by being humble and supportive.
- During my time with GE, I have noticed some interns who had very competitive personalities and some of them were only focusing on competing with their peers instead of collaborating with them. Most of those interns ended up not working for GE. GE encourages teamwork and instead of trying to make yourself look good, try to make yourself and others look good.
GE is not doing great right now as a business, so landing a full-time offer after an internship may prove tricky. The most important thing you can do is maintain relationships with your coworkers after the internship finishes and they will either help you return to GE or provide you with advice on other possibilities.
Be someone who people want to work with on group projects. Make you bosses job easier. One good example is if your boss gives you an summer project, instead of giving an answer on what you think is the best choice, boil it down to financials with estimates from professionals in your office.
It’s makes the boss think less to say C is the right answer because it will result into an estimated net increase of profit by $XX.XX amount rather than to say A is the right answer because it is more efficient or allows for more growth. Boil it down.