What was the interview process like?
I first sent my resume and covering letter to Wes Wingo, the international Vice President. Mr. Wingo had to travel to France and so we had the opportunity to meet and discuss about the internship and my education.
What did you do?
I was in charge of doing testing on a prototype. Once the data were gathered, I had to store that into an Excel file, using Visual Basic to automatize the process and make it easier and faster. I also had the opportunity to start writing a paper for SAE International, with the help of my tutor.
Would you do it again?
For sure. This was my first internship experience outside of France. I discovered a whole new world with different way of working and living, without mentioning the language. It was a pleasure to feel useful in such a big company. This internship brought me a lot of good experiences, and ideas for my future career.
What did you like?
I liked the job I did. Working on a prototype is really interesting because you get to see every step before marketing. I also enjoyed working with several different engineers and it allowed me having a better idea of which kind of engineer I would like to become.
What did you not like?
I wish I could have worked on more projects to keep myself busy when I couldn't perform any testing. Nevertheless it was still a great experience, and I would do it again without a doubt.
Did you learn anything?
This internship allowed me to understand the role of an engineer in a company and how to be part of a project where everyone has a different role. It was also really interesting to attend to some meetings with customers, and see their reactions when seeing the product.
My english skills were obviously improved because I had to speak only english all day long. It was also a opportunity to apply my school knowledges on a concrete product, and be evaluate my skills in comparison with the other engineers.
Did the experience help you in your career?
The experience confirmed my expectations. At first I was not sure of wanting to work in a R&D department, and I wanted to have an idea of what it really was. The school where I am studying allows us to become multiple kinds of engineers: mechanical, civil, electrical, computer, industrial ...I needed this internship to narrow the possibilities, and finding the path that suits me the best.
Did it help you in any job interviews?
Yes it will. I am now no longer afraid of speaking in English, which is essential in Europe. I gained confidence in what I do and what I am, and I'm starting to have several work experiences that could be appreciated for my future interviews.
What was the dress code?
Men needed to wear collared shirts, no blue jeans or tee shirt.
Was the work more individual or group work and how does it compare with what
you are doing today?
There were several engineers working on the same project than I did. During the testing, I was helped by my supervisor and a co-op, but I was then on my own to gather the data and build the charts needed.
So I would say this was still a group work, because I was never really alone, and I could still ask for any advice or help to my supervisor.
What are the pros/cons of working in Saint Louis? (Maybe compare it to where you
St Louis is really different from Lyon. In Lyon, I don't need a car at all. I live near my school and the public transports serve any area of the town really easily. In St Louis, public transports are not handy depending on where you live, and you can't rely on them all the time.
Nevertheless, it's a very nice city, with multiple things to do and see. It was a great experience to live in a town I didn't know, and really different from France during four months.
What were your living arrangements during co-op?
I had the chance to be hosted by a Hunter engineer and his family during the internship. Everything went great, and I will miss them a lot.
How was the supervision?
Andrew Nevin was my supervisor, and he was great, really easy to speak and helpful at any time. It was a pleasure working with him. I thank him for the help he provided me and his trust in my work and skills.
Anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
I didn't have to do this internship out of France, but I really wanted to in order acquire a lot of new experiences and improve my skills. I recommend Hunter Engineering to co-op because they give you really interesting projects, and consider the co-ops like full time engineers.
I don't have any regret, it was a real honor and pleasure to work for such a company.