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Ford Motor Company

Product Development and Enterprise Product Line Management (EPLM)

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed the hands on experience which I took from the internship as well as the background the company provided me. Building my resume has been very important to me for the past few years and being able to have worked on autonomous vehicles provides me with a competitive advantage over others. It shows I have worked on future oriented products and actively worked on the planning portion of work rather than the reactive portion.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have networked more with the individuals I worked with during my time spent. There were some incredible individuals who crossed paths with me.

Advice

I would like to tell any incoming students that it is important to actively seek work. There will not always be times where work is handed to you, and it is important to actively seek projects to fill your work schedule with. It shows your employer you are a good asset for the company and are willing/able to work. (Even simple day to day activities help, especially for those who are interns.
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Information Technology Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I liked how easy it was for me to be integrated on a meaningful team within a week of working. The people I worked with were very knowledgeable and gave me insight on different facets of business. I also really appreciated that I now know what it means to work at a large corporate company, it's an experience that school can never prepare you for.

What I wish was different

I wish that my project would have used my design skills more, most of my work was consulting/project management/ requirements gathering. I learned a lot and it helped me shift my career interests

Advice

Always ask for work. There's always work to be done and it's all about self initiative to be recognized and appreciated by co workers and supervisors. I lacked towards the beginning, but by the end of my internship was owning my assignments and proud of the work I did.
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Technical Support Analyst

May - August 2019 • Allen Park, MI

What I liked

I really enjoyed the internship because I was able to receive training and work in the role as a Technical Support Analyst. I was also able to network with different people that worked for Ford in many different parts of the company. The interns were also provided multiple experiences to go out and participate in different events that helped us to get acclimated to the Detroit, Michigan area. During these events, I was able to meet other interns from different schools and in different parts of the company.

What I wish was different

I was very impressed with the overall internship experience. If I was to choose something that could have been different, I would have liked to shadow the position that the Technical Support Analyst (TSA) leads into. This position is a Field Service Engineer and we were able to have an informational session with one. It would have been even better to be able to shadow one.

Advice

I would go in and understand that you are going to learn a lot. I would also have the expectation that you will have a lot of questions and it is encouraged and even expected for you to ask them. Don't be nervous to ask questions because everyone there is ready and wiling to answer any questions that you might have. If you don't know something, ask questions to figure it out. Also, be willing to help others if you know answers to their questions because the management team is very impressed by that.
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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

I liked working with different people.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to do more design work.

Advice

Be open to a lot of walking and gearing towards efficiency.
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Vehicle Architecture Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The variety of different tasks.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to see the type of work other departments were doing.

Advice

Coordinate an intern event where interns can tour departments that they are interested in working in.
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Mechanical Engineering Co-Op

January - August 2019 • Kansas City, MO

What I liked

The engineering family at Ford is very inclusive and empowered me to succeed during my time there. I never felt afraid to ask questions when I didn’t know the answer to something, or wanted to learn more about a specific component.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more concrete projects that were asked of me from day 1 as opposed to doing a lot of “reactionary” measures on a day-to-day basis.

Advice

Make sure you are a people-person, otherwise, working at a location that has a polar Union dynamic can be brutal.
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Research Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The Composites Research group was amazing; the people I worked with were extremely willing to teach me, and really appreciated the work that I did.

What I wish was different

The intern program at Ford was not great - there were not very many opportunities for networking with other interns or other people at the company.

Advice

Ask questions! You learn the most by being open about what you don't know.
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Product Development Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Work environment, team members, and company culture.

What I wish was different

More structured work plan.

Advice

Ask questions!
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Excellent networking activities for interns.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a more clear plan of what tasks I was going to have for the summer.

Advice

Be bold. Don't be too scared to ask questions, it's better to take a few minutes of someone's time than to waste hours with nothing to do because you never asked.
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

large responsibilities

What I wish was different

more planned out work for me to do, was left to find work

Advice

take a proactive approach to do meaningful work, otherwise you wont do it
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IT Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Shadowing other parts of the company, engaging in projects

What I wish was different

More projects to work on in the beginning of my internship

Advice

Dont be afraid to ask for more things to do, talk to people outside your department
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Safety Intern

April - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

My experience was amazing, I learned so much while I was here. I had numerous experiences within my field, met a great group of people, and grew within my intended career path.

What I wish was different

I wish the commute had been slightly closer.

Advice

Always be open minded and absorb absolutely everything you can.
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Global Data Insight and Analytics Intern

May - July 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I was able to network with Ford employees from all backgrounds and areas within GDIA. The work I did was very meaningful, and even anticipated by management. Housing and intern social events were excellent.

What I wish was different

I “jumped into” two existing projects, so I would have liked to experience the formation process of at least one project.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to vocalize when you think the workload is too little or too much. My supervisor was very invested in making sure I had an ideal balance and an overall good experience.
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Sharepoint engineering analyst

September 2015 • Allen Park, MI

What I liked

The learning experience.

What I wish was different

Option to work more hours.

Advice

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Product Development Engineer

June 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

It is doing things I worked on as an intern and applying them. Great benefits, great company culture .

What I wish was different

My personal team being a littke closer knit, updated office spaces

Advice

Be willing to learn and teachers will come.
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Research Engineer

January 2018 • Palo Alto, CA

What I liked

Ford came to the Silicon Valley (downtown Palo Alto) in 2012 and they recently moved to a 3-building campus. They currently have a wide variety of teams on site: autonomous vehicles, research & advanced engineering, connected vehicles & services, data analytics, machine learning, cyber security, design / user experience, information technology, etc. After working at this company for almost a year, I can honestly say that I love their inclusive culture, innovative projects, and flexibility to try something new ;)

What I wish was different

Advice

Join the Ford family! <3 They have a nice summer internship program (3 months) where you can take up interesting & challenging projects, participate in a Hackathon, submit invention disclosures to get potential patents, build a strong portfolio and of course have loads of fun ;) I started off as an intern & loved it... so of course I stayed :)
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Mechanical Engineer

September 2016 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I like the research and testing aspects

What I wish was different

I wish I would have started looking sooner

Advice

Out your name out there. Apply for everything! People will recognize your name and give you a chance if they keep seeing it.
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IT Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Great people and management in IT

What I wish was different

Advice

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Part handler

July - August 2018 • Winchester, VA

What I liked

It was a very relaxed environment and everyone was really nice

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Overall a great place to work at
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Cyber security intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I had a flexible work environment and I learned a lot!

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Try your best! It’s hard stuff they’re teaching you
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