Industry: Engineering/Energy
Type of Internship: Chemical Engineering, Data Analysis/Reporting, Product Design/Testing/Quality Control
Student Name: Methira Saksiriwatekul
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: None
Position Title: Engineering Intern
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I am part of a project that is developing a sensor to detect COD (pollution indicator). My main role is to conduct tests with the sensor developed by Giner and find ways to improve its performance. I also coded a MATLAB program to help me analyze the data collected.

How did you find this internship?

MassCEC, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, lets students post an application on their website, and students are able to browse through the list of companies involved with MassCEC who are interested in hiring interns. We can either reach out to companies we're interested in or companies will find our application in the website and reach out to us. For this particular internship, Giner found my application and reached out to me.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

The science and theory behind my project is really fascinating. I also know that this project is going to help monitor wastewater treatment, ensuring that treated wastewater is safe and meets standards before release into nature. The significance of my project and the work I'm doing is encouraging and motivating. My adviser, fellow interns, and employees at Giner are all incredibly friendly and supportive. It is a wonderful working environment (plus they always have occasions/events with free food!).

What do you find challenging?

Lab work can be very tedious, especially when you're conducting the same test multiple times. It is also very frustrating when your collected data does not match what you expect, and you're unable to justify why or fix the problem. However, I am trying my best to stay positive when faced with new challenges or setbacks.

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

Start reaching out to companies early and check out Tufts Handshake. This internship was very last minute; I believe I got the internship early May. Once you're in the lab, don't hesitate to ask others for help or about their projects. This is a great way to make friends and learn more about current research that the company does.

About the Organization

Giner, Inc.
Newton, Massachusetts

Giner, Inc. currently employs approximately 45 people, of whom fourteen hold Ph.D. degrees in the physical sciences or engineering and ten hold M.S. degrees. Giner employees have over 500 years of combined experience in the development of proton-exchange membrane (PEM) technology and products. Giner personnel publish extensively in leading journals and make significant presentations at technical meetings in the U.S. and abroad. They hold over 100 U.S. Patents in the field of electrochemistry and PEM development. Key individuals have received awards for scientific excellence and solving difficult problems on time-demanding schedules for government and industry.