Industry: Engineering/Energy
Type of Internship: Administrative/Customer Service/Technical Support/HR, Chemical Engineering, Product Design/Testing/Quality Control
Student Name: Patrick Bressette
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: German
Position Title: Applied Surfaces Technician Intern
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?


  1. My daily tasks include recommending certain product constructions for each custom application that the company has, analyzing complaints from customers when the labels do not stick/dispense/remove properly, and researching and developing new formulations for adhesives and product constructions to meet specific needs. 


How did you find this internship?


  1. I found my internship through family members and other people I know who work there. 


What do you enjoy most about your internship?


  1. I enjoy the analytical part of the internship most. The most thrilling part is when a customer has a problem and you have the ability to find out the answer to the problem and recommend an action; whether it be a change in construction or a different application method or something else, the feeling of success is very satisfying. 


What do you find challenging?


  1. The most challenging thing about the internship is the lack of experience and knowledge about each individual product. This comes with time, however, and every day I remember things about a specific adhesive, topcoat or test method. I just use my resources and ask others when I need more information. 


What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?


  1. You must be prepared to learn as much as you can. This is when you will have hands-on experience. If someone says, "I'm doing a trial next week, please come watch," you should go watch, if possible. This is crucial when you then see the situation repeated in a classroom. Everything becomes so much clearer. 


About the Organization

Spencer, MA


  1. FLEXcon Spencer, MA

    FLEXcon provides solutions in pressure sensitive films that end up on products that consumers use every day without thinking about it, whether it is the labels in the supermarket or the labels on your shampoo bottle. FLEXcon provides solutions for a multitude of application surfaces spanning many industries.