Interns Get to Work

SoE students land internships at leading companies, gaining hands-on experience in real-world settings.

HelenKwon2CROP.jpgHelen Kwon ENG’22 / Chemical Engineering
ConAgra Brands (Omaha, Nebraska), Process Engineering Intern
 
How did you land your internship?
SHE-SWE-MEET Career Fair. I networked with the recruiter and followed up consistently after the event.
 
What was the best part of the internship?
My favorite part was the people. I've lived in New Jersey all my life and this was the first time I lived outside of the state and in the Midwest. The other interns were also really great and made the experience more fun. My manager was also amazing and she made the workplace super welcoming and inviting. The company overall has a great culture of people and really made my experience memorable.
 
One thing you learned that surprised you?
How engineered processed food is. I had the opportunity to go to a manufacturing plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and saw the process, from start to finish, of how Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pies are made. The process is very automated, and it was fascinating to see so many meals get made in a minute. This was only one plant, for one brand within the hundreds of brands the company has in its portfolio. It definitely gave me perspective and I am really grateful for the opportunity to have seen it in person.

AliceNg.ColgateCROP.jpgAlice Ng ENG’22 / Chemical Engineering
Colgate-Palmolive, Research and Development Intern
 
How did you land your internship?
During freshmen year, I created my profile on Rutgers Handshake and uploaded my resume and accomplishments to my page. A hiring manager reached out to me through Handshake messages after finding my profile. From there, I interviewed for the position my sophomore year fall semester and was given an offer to join Colgate-Palmolive.
 
What was the best part of the internship?
Seeing firsthand how fast paced and diverse the projects are. The first year and a half of my internship, I worked primarily on enamel erosion. This included studying the effects of acid challenges and treatments. However, I have now transitioned into researching treatments for tooth sensitivity, which uses different software and machines than the previous projects I completed. I love being challenged at Colgate-Palmolive and the opportunity to diversify my knowledge. 
 
One thing you learned that surprised you?
How supportive Colgate-Palmolive is towards their interns. I have transitioned between many managers over the past two years, and each one makes me feel valuable to the team. They welcome my questions during discussions and give me opportunities to grow professionally. 

 

AliBechtel.jpegAli Saqib ENG’24 / Industrial and Systems Engineering
Bechtel Corporation (Augusta, Georgia), Mechanical Field (Construction) Engineer Intern
 
How did you land your internship?
I attended a career fair at the 47th Annual NSBE Conference in May through the organization MEET. A recruiter had contacted me after seeing my resume for this position. 
 
What was the best part of the internship?
Having the opportunity to live on my own in a place I have never been. Georgia in comparison to New Jersey is very different but having a unique environment was fun to adapt to. After having my first year of college be completely remote, it was exciting to be able to meet new people in a new state in-person to develop myself professionally. 
 
One thing you learned that surprised you?
The tasks of a mechanical field engineer. I thought while working on the nuclear plants at Bechtel, I would be doing tasks such as welding or putting parts together to help finish the project. I quickly learned that a field engineer is constantly doing field walk downs, completing work packages, as well as communicating with the craft who are responsible for welding piping together for the plant. It was great seeing how a field engineer must be able to see the bigger picture to help complete the little steps that go into the final product. 

 

NnadozieCROP.jpegNnadozie Obi ENG’23 / Mechanical Engineering
Proctor & Gamble (Cincinnati, Ohio), Research and Development Intern
 
How did you land your internship?
I heard about several positions through the National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention. After applying and taking their candidate assessment, I interviewed for a few positions. A few months later, they called me back saying that I would be a good fit for their research and development functions, and the rest is history.
 
What was the best part of your internship?
The best part of the internship was even though it was mostly virtual due to the pandemic, P&G gave all R&D interns the option of working for up to 3 weeks on-site in Cincinnati. Being in Cincinnati helped me really understand my projects better, and I was able to build connections with people organically, which is hard to do virtually.
 
One thing you learned that surprised you?
The work I was doing was not simply "busy work." The project I was assigned, which I can’t really talk to much about due to it being upstream, was created with the potential to have a really big impact on the business. So, realizing that my work actually mattered in the grand scheme of things helped motivate me to perform better.
 
Gabriella CROP.jpegGabriella Rozovsky ENG’23 / Biomedical Engineering (pictured at right with fellow intern Haley Hanrahan) 
Stryker Joint Replacement (Mahwah, NJ), Product Support Engineering Intern
 
How did you land your internship?
Through the Rutgers Mega Career Fair and attending networking events. 
 
What was the best part of the internship?
The hands-on activities that I had the opportunity to participate in, one of which was a surgical workshop I led, demonstrating the surgical technique of a total knee replacement with the Stryker Mako robotic arm.
 
One thing you learned that surprised you?
How closely all the different divisions and teams work together. Throughout my time there, I had the opportunity to work with people from regulatory, quality, operations, and other departments that I didn’t think I would have a chance to work with. It was a great way to be exposed to the different opportunities available to engineers after graduation!

 

PearlJ&JInternship2021.JPEGPearl Buccine Schraeder ENG’23 / Biomedical Engineering with a Packaging Engineering Certificate
Johnson & Johnson, Compliance and Technology Integration Intern

How did you land your internship?
I knew I wanted to intern at J&J, so I frequently checked their Careers Homepage for opportunities. I saw the job posting online, applied, landed a digital interview, and then moved through three additional rounds of interviews. 
 
What was the best part of the internship?
At J&J, all of the employees who I met with were so willing to chat with me about their academic and career experiences, offer me guidance, and connect me to other employees. Having this support and the chance to network with people from all areas of the business was one of the best aspects of my internship.
 
One thing you learned that surprised you?
For one of my projects, I created visualizations of data for Pharmaceutical Healthcare Compliance Officers using Tableau Desktop. Prior to this, I had no idea how important "clean data" is and how visualizing data can help guide important business decisions.
 
Dylan.Poku2.jpegDylan Poku ENG’23 / Materials Science and Engineering (pictured left, back row with fellow interns and coworkers)
Power Container Corporation (Somerset NJ), Quality Lab intern 
 
How did you land your internship?
I landed this job through the SHE/SWE/MEET career fair.
 
What was the best part of your internship?
Getting hands-on, in-person experience after being stuck inside for so long due to the pandemic. It was great to be able to work inside a lab, supporting the quality team with compatibility testing of products which ensured that the company's components functioned correctly with the products sent in from other companies. I was able to showcase my skills but also improve and learn tons more!
 
One thing you learned that surprised you?
Everyone was so friendly at Power Container. From day one everyone was super nice and approachable which made it easy for me to transition into the team and made me feel more comfortable asking questions. This family bond among the PCC team and fun environment made working more enjoyable.