Industry: Engineering/Energy
Type of Internship: Electrical/Computer Engineering
Student Name: Ean Wong
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: None
Position Title: Pathways Computer Engineering Trainee
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

Perform computer engineering duties involving basic principles of engineering and work as a member of a computer or other engineering team. Developmental assignments will be given to familiarize me with various electronics/computer engineering operations requiring background knowledge of engineering practices and methods.

How did you find this internship?

Career Center internship emails

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

Flexibility. The internship is 40 hours per week, but I can start at anytime between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. The team I'm with is excellent at keeping me involved. It is not dead-line oriented. They also will end up using the tools I developed for them after I'm gone, which makes the internship feel pretty rewarding.

What do you find challenging?

The process of getting the position. I applied in March (paperwork), and had the interview in May. After being told I "got" the position, I had a background check (paperwork). Only after that did they officially offer the position (more paperwork).

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

Be self-driven. My internship had very little direct oversight and the expectation was for me to get my work done and then update my supervisor as needed. Have fun and be productive.

About the Organization

Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Center for Transportation Logistics and Security maintains expertise in all aspects of local, regional, national, and global freight logistics and transportation infrastructure. Our team addresses issues including physical and cyber security, logistics management systems, and maritime domain awareness. Our expertise enables rapid development of technologies that increase the capacity of these systems while also improving security, safety, and environmental stewardship.