Industry: Engineering/Energy
Type of Internship: Mechanical Engineering
Student Name: Alyssa Robichaud
Graduation Year: 2021
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: None
Position Title: Manufacturing/Process Engineering Intern
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

Initially, I was only supposed to have one project where I created a database for a certain type of product the company made.  But after a week or two, my boss saw how driven I was and started giving me more and more projects. So far I have received 10 different assignments!  These range from creating a catalog of every single machine on the floor and some information about them to designing my own 3D printed coolant nozzles.  My favorite has been working on a coolant delivery system, which I actually got permission for another intern to partner with me on.  All in all, each project has gotten me away from my desk and talking to other/more experienced engineers and machine operators, which has had the biggest impact on my learning overall!

How did you find this internship?

I just googled "engineering internships NH" and applied online!

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I love getting a wide scope of perspectives by being able to go on the manufacturing floor and talk to different operators.  Everybody is generally very friendly and helpful in regard to giving me needed information and advice for any projects I am working on.  It is incredible to have the freedom to do this with my time and I have learned so much in this way.

What do you find challenging?

I find a few things challenging.  First, I find it most difficult to have to rely on others all the time.  Being an intern means that you need a lot of help from others, especially when you don't have access to certain software.  However, being an intern also means you are low on the priority list, so it often takes people a lot of time to get around to helping you, which leaves you bored in the meantime. I also find the sexism that comes from being one of the only females in the engineering office difficult at times.

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

Talk to the people you work with!  You will most likely have one boss you report to, but I recommend asking other coworkers for advice/help on your projects because everybody has different pieces of knowledge that can help you tremendously.  The nature of my projects had me communicating with at least 5 other coworkers (per project), but even if you have a project that may be more isolating, share it with others and get their feedback.  Despite what other engineers may tell you, it is extremely important to ask the people who will directly be using your designs; they will have very valuable input.  Not only will talking to new people in your office help you get different perspectives on your tasks, it will make your office space a little less intimidating.

About the Organization

New Hampshire Ball Bearings
Peterborough, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. (NHBB) is a leading manufacturer of precision bearings and complex bearing assemblies for the aerospace, defense, medical, dental, and high technology markets. NHBB's diverse product mix includes precision miniature and instrument ball bearings, large ball and roller bearings for aircraft engines, and specialized rod end and spherical bearings for diverse aircraft applications. The company operates three manufacturing facilities in the US and employs over 1,500 workers. Founded in Peterborough, NH in 1946, NHBB was purchased in 1985 by the global manufacturing conglomerate, MinebeaMitsumi.