Industry: Engineering/Energy
Type of Internship: Administrative/Customer Service/Technical Support/HR, Mechanical Engineering
Student Name: Marta Bandres
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Italian Studies
Position Title: Technical Intern
Hours: 55 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I am working at a thermal solar plant that is currently starting up but is not yet producing energy. I spend half my time collecting and organizing documentation to compile the start-up dossier. The rest of the time I spend at the construction site of the plant helping with everyday activities that go on there.

How did you find this internship?

I found it through a referral from a previous employer.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I love seeing the things I have studied in real life and developing a much deeper understanding on what I have learned by seeing the theoretical put into action.

What do you find challenging?

At the beginning of the internship I definitely felt a little overwhelmed because there was so much that I had never seen and the plant´s system is very complex, but by asking questions, I was able to slowly gain an understanding of the workings of the plant.

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

What I have learned is to never be afraid to ask a question and that whoever you ask will more than likely be happy to answer. I would also recommend throwing yourself into the internship completely and taking any opportunity to learn something new even if it does not apply to your work at the internship.

About the Organization

Bilbao, Spain

Idom is an association of professionals whose field covers the areas of Engineering, (Industry, Energy, Environment), the Infrastructure sector (Civil, Telecom), Architecture and Consulting. Idom has become a leading, Multidisciplinary Group where more than 2,500 professionals work, located in 34 offices spread over 16 countries across 5 continents.
SerIDOM is a response to the needs of clients who demand innovative methods for the execution of their projects, and the need to entrust a firm of their confidence with the responsibility of carrying out design and construction. SerIDOM has extensive experience and expertise in the energy sector, including Thermosolar, Nuclear, Photovoltaic, Combined Cycle and Cogeneration, as well as in the Automotive, Architecture and Building, Food Industry, Paper Industry, Bio-Fuels, Chemicals, Logistic Platforms, Manufacturing Facilities, and Mining fields.