Industry: Engineering/Energy
Type of Internship: Electrical/Computer Engineering
Student Name: Nathan Krinsky
Graduation Year: 2019
Major: Electrical 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?

Helped with different projects happening in the company's New Energy Solution department. The two major projects were assembling power monitoring systems for solar development sites and using smart meter data to find power quality issues. The job ended up being much more analytical than hands-on and technical.

How did you find this internship?

Job listing on the company website

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

Learning about the electric power system, which I knew very little about going into the internship. It was great to be introduced to the technologies and processes involved in maintaining that system, and exciting to work on projects to modernize and improve it.

What do you find challenging?

Knowing little about the industry when I started, I had to learn many concepts and technologies on the job. The company is also very large and bureaucratic, and uses a lot of impossible to Google acronyms, which made it unwelcoming for new employees.

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

Don't be afraid to ask questions, because no one goes in knowing everything and it's impossible to figure out what's going on without help. Also, apply as early as possible - I applied in November and was hired before the end of the fall semester.

About the Organization

National Grid
Waltham, Massachusetts

National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We play a vital role in delivering gas and electricity to many millions of people across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient, reliable and safe manner. We are committed to safeguarding our global environment for future generations and providing all our customers with the highest standards of service through investment in our networks and through our talented, diverse workforce.