Name: Stephen Moore
Internship, Co-op or Research Site: GE Oil & Gas
Major(s)/Minor(s): Computer Engineering, Mathematics
Expected Graduation Year: May 2015
Briefly describe your internship, co-op, research, or service-learning opportunity, including your day-to-day tasks, responsibilities, and assignments.
As an ITLP intern, I was tasked with managing my own goals for the summer. Examples include developing a new project methodology to use as a standard, contributing to staff meetings and developing new websites, applications and tools for the office.
Describe the process of obtaining your internship, research, or co-op opportunity.
My interview with General Electric was set up through UMBCworks. That single, in-depth interview was followed up immediately with an official offer.
Which of the following resources did you use to find your current experience?
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization/company?
Working at GE has been a very diverse experience. I was entrusted with tasks that made a significant impact on the office I was involved with. Being able to gain real experience in project management and product development was a fantastic part of my internship.
What have you gained from your experience that you could not have gained from another opportunity?
The trust GE places in us interns was astounding. I was treated as a fellow manager instead of "The Intern." This unique atmosphere was something I have not experienced anywhere else. As such, it allowed me to gain experience working in a high-risk position with actual responsibilities - something that most internships do not offer.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
If you are interested in joining the ITLP program, enter it with an open and inquisitive mind. There are no set tasks for you to perform, no standard job responsibilities to fulfill; this is a position wherein you define what you want to take away from GE.
Please provide a short quote about what you liked most about your position / earning internship credit / the internship placement process.
I received an email about an interview that I "may find interesting," and decided to follow up. That surprise interview turned into my most rewarding summer yet and changed my entire job outlook for when I graduate. So yeah, that was pretty cool.