Name:Mamadou Aliou Diallo
Internship, Co-op or Research Site: Regal Beloit
Position Title: Engineering Design and Applications Intern
Work Term:Summer 2018
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
As an intern in the Applications team, my duties are to review customer requests and select couplings that best meet their application needs. This involves ensuring that selections are neither overemphasized or undersized, which would lead to overpricing or failure, respectively, and that they meet industry regulations. This also includes making engineering modifications to standard couplings as needed in order to meet specifications.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I first learned of the position during the Spring 2018 Career Fair after speaking with the recruiters, who suggested that I apply online. After applying for the position through UMBCworks, I was called in for an interview. I was finally offered the position after two interviews.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
I enjoyed that fact that my job was never repetitive. Every application is different and therefore requires me to conduct lots of research, almost like a detective. As a result, I learned much about coupling applications in other industries such as steel, paper, and oil. Additionally, I enjoyed working with and learning from other engineers in the company. Everyone was understanding and helpful in making me feel comfortable not only at the beginning of the internship but throughout. The company also has a great culture.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
I think my work made a valuable impact as it helped in making sure that requests were processed in a timely manner. I also worked on projects to help improve the efficiency of the process, which will positively impact the company long term.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Be involved in extracurricular activities. After being hired, I spoke with one of the recruiters as to why I was selected out of the many applicants. She replied that my involvements outside of the classroom were what stood out the most. For her, it showed that I was a well rounded individual and that I am able to manage multiple responsibilities at once. Extracurricular activities are a great way to distinguish yourself from every other student out there. And they show that you have some leadership experience and that you’re driven, which are skills highly valued by any employer.
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