Name: Maddie Gruel
Internship, Co-op, or Research Site: Northrop Grumman (Internship)
Position Title: Manufacturing Engineer Intern
Major or Program: Mechanical Engineering
Current Class Level: Senior
Work Term: Summer 2022
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
"My internship at Northrop Grumman was/is (I’m still interning here part time) an unforgettable experience. To be able to work for a company that does such substantial work for the military is quite an honor. It’s amazing going to work every day and knowing your making a true impact on warfighters' lives!
One task that was consistently day to day was a few meetings which helped give me an insight as to how a production team works together through all the different roles.
However, my day to day at Northrop was always a little different each day which is something I loved. The specific goal of the projects I would tackle would be to increase production through the process of researching issues and coming up with the best solution to resolve them."
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I heard of the position in late January and applied in early February. The interview process was throughout the months of February and March and by April I had received an offer!
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
The people I work with! Everyone is so kind and really wants to see you succeed and reach your goals!
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
I believe I have made an impact through my work by always coming to work ready to give a 100% effort every day. Knowing I came to work every day with this mindset and seeing myself come up with solutions that helped increase production and gained me recognition made me feel my work was truly impactful and helping warfighters!
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Get out of your comfort zone, this is the time to take risks and try something new!
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