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Internships with purpose: Preparing students for an ever-evolving future

By: Ebony Jackson, University Talent Partner, and Jasson Mazzetti, Talent Acquisition Lead, Siemens USA

Editor’s note: This story is part of Siemens USA’s  Where the Jobs Are  series.

Each summer, Siemens hires more than 400 interns across the country and throughout our businesses where they learn skills to prepare for an ever-evolving future—more agile and productive factories; more intelligent and efficient buildings and grids; more reliable and sustainable transportation.

 

We like to call our approach “Internships with Purpose.” These students come to Siemens and work on impactful projects, with real customers, that help transform the everyday. They also get exposure to a large portion of our business through mentoring programs and activities that are put together throughout the summer.

These students come to Siemens and work on impactful projects, with real customers, that help transform the everyday. They also get exposure to a large portion of our business through mentoring programs and activities that are put together throughout the summer.

Overall, Siemens USA has nine development programs that focus on a wide range of areas that have direct impact on our business. The engineering programs focus on design, manufacturing, materials, operations, and technical marketing and sales. We also have business programs centered around finance, supply chain management and project management.

 

Now that our Summer 2021 interns have recently wrapped up their work and are entering their fall semester, the exciting and innovative projects they worked on will resonate across our businesses and technologies for months to come. Their contributions have a valuable impact on our company, and their experiences here at Siemens have helped shape the trajectory of their careers after college.

 

Learning to “Lead with Authority”

The Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP) interns spent their summer working in product development, testing, order engineering, software development, and manufacturing across our Electrical Products business.

 

Miguel Galeano from the University of Florida interned at Siemens during the summer of 2019 and 2020. During both summers, he focused on research and development (R&D) through our ELDP. Throughout this internship, he was able to learn some in-depth knowledge about the functionality of circuit breakers, and how they are designed and built. He’s now a full-time employee in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.

 

“[The internship] helped me out in my first role as a full-time employee, because I was back in development working on the same breaker as an intern,” Miguel said. “Being able to join the team and right away, skipping through the basics, allowed me to dedicate more time on my projects. I was also fortunate to have built great relationships with the team in the past so talking to them and asking questions became very easy from the jump.”

 

Miguel’s second internship was in the Future Grids team as a New Product Introduction Engineer (NPI). “I quickly had to learn how to ‘Lead without Authority’ in order to make sure that all parts of the team were working towards one common goal,” he said. “The skillsets that I learned from this internship has allowed me to be a more effective communicator who is able to set clear expectations and focus on deliverables.”

 

Putting a Focus on Sustainability

Ellie Pasquarette, a student at Texas A&M University, was part of our ELDP this Summer. Reflecting on her experience in the program, she emphasized the importance Siemens places on sustainability, transparency, and culture.

 

“My main takeaways from my summer were how much I enjoyed and valued the focus on sustainability from a large corporation, and also the focus on transparency,” Ellie said. “I had many conversations with managers and coworkers about culture change—how it happens, cultural shifts that develop, and strategy moving forward. The honesty in these conversations and genuine desire for feedback is something I will emulate wherever I am, at school and in my future career.”

 

Ellie will graduate in 2022 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

 

Preparing for Future Projects

Nathan Ralston, a Siemens intern from Indiana University, just finished up his internship this month. Working out of our Houston office, Nathan learned a lot about programs that he knows he will continue to use in the future. For example, he completed monthly reports, daily cost transfers, and capital project reporting for Siemens’ customers. He also participated in a group intern project, where they used Knime, an open-source data analytics, reporting, and integration platform, that gave him a greater understanding of the program and a chance to better his skills within a team.

 

“This group project will not only help me with my upcoming academic year, but also my future job,” Nathan said. “The other programs will also be really useful for any future role, as most companies want people with skills in multiple programs.”

 

This semester, Nathan expects he will have a lot of group projects, so this experience helped him learn how to operate within an organized team.

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These are just a few examples of the kind of real work and hands-on training our interns get to experience during their time at Siemens. This week, we’re kicking off our internship recruiting activities, where we’ll meet with about 20 of our partner universities and attend nearly 50 events, looking for a diverse and motivated group of individuals to join our array of internship programs next summer.  If you’re interested in learning more about our internship programs, look out for our University Relations team at career fairs, networking events, and information sessions this fall, or visit our careers page

Published: September 1, 2021