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Ford Motor Company

Site Process Management Intern

June - August 2017 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed my ability to create any projects I thought fit into my position. The work I was given was good, but I never felt like I was doing enough. My supervisor allowed me to decide any extra projects I would like to take on and I did just that.

What I wish was different

I would have liked some way to have had a project I could start at the beginning of my intership and complete at the end.

Advice

Talk to your supervisor and they can make anything happen.
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IT Project Manager Intern

May - July 2017 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Onboarding process, pay, benefits, fun after work activities planned for interns

What I wish was different

My supervisor kept not approving my timecards, so my pay was very delayed. HR was not much help. Wish I could have requested a new supervisor.

Advice

Participate in the intern events, go to the skip levels, be innovative
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Intern

May - August 2017 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I liked how I worked on real projects that my team members were working on. It was awesome. They also housed us in Dearborn in a really nice apartment complex. Amazing summer.

What I wish was different

I wish we could work from home once a week as interns but once you graduate and work full time you most likely can.

Advice

Get on the internships early. Go to all of the career fairs and sell yourself! Most of these companies are trying to hire the person, not the title. If you are outgoing and seem confident, they will like you.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - September 2017 • Calumet City, IL

What I liked

I liked that I was able to work right alongside VPs who were in charge of the Ford North America Manufacturing. It helped me gain a lot of interpersonal and business skills along with the engineering skills that I was learning. I learned a ton about the manufacturing process and I have had a much easier time in my manufacturing class this semester because I already know a lot of the information from working this summer.

What I wish was different

I wish I did some more design within the internship as well. I learned a ton about manufacturing, but not much about design.

Advice

Be ready for a fast-paced environment for pretty much anything to get thrown at you. It really keeps you on your toes.
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Engineering Intern

May - July 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I worked in the crash safety group at Ford. It was a very dynamic work environment and there was always something going on even if I had downtime.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been a better mentoring program. I sought out mentors myself when I wasn't assigned one and it worked out great!

Advice

Explore as much of this company as possible. It is so big and there is so much to do. Even if you don't enjoy the group you are in, there is a group for you out there.
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Product Development Intern

May - July 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The scope of the company, amount of responsibility given

What I wish was different

More attention to interns and more official set up as far as guidelines of internship

Advice

Don't be afraid of large companies to figure out what size is right for you.
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Controls Engineer

May - August 2018 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

I appreciated the experience they gave me to not only understand the manufacturing process but also taught me the importance of talking to people and connecting with them especially if they aren't salary people. The union people are just as smart as the salary people in their own way. Ford is not only a car business but a peoples business.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a little more guidance however, it taught me to be more independent and look for things to improve rather than wait for management to give me a certain project to do.

Advice

Meet the people of the company from the union line workers to the plant manager. Its a people's business first then a car business
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Global Data Insights and Analytics Intern

May - July 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Had a great team, and did some interesting work with databases.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been given more work. I finished my summer project ahead of schedule and spent the rest of the summer trying to find small jobs to do.

Advice

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Electrical Engineering Intern

June - September 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The internship was a great opportunity to expose myself to the inner-workings of true industry experience. My team that I worked with at Ford was excellent at exposing me to a wide variety of work while ensuring that I had real, meaningful deliverable tasks that would give sustenance to my experience.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had slightly more time there, towards the end of the internship I had gained enough experience where my work was less about learning material and more about contributions. It would have been nice and felt more complete should I have had the opportunity to spend more time to see more of my work through and follow the results of my work as its used in the company.

Advice

The only limit to what you can be exposed to and work on is up to you - if you ask, supervisors and managers are surprisingly encouraging to work with in aiding where and how you work. Use your resources, if you stutter or hesitate on projects, chances are, if you ask, there'll be someone who's gone through something very similar in their work experience who can help you navigate and connect you with relevant resources.
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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

May - July 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Great experience with a lot of great people.

What I wish was different

Toured other plants.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and voice your opinion.
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Manufacturing Intern

May - August 2018 • Livonia, MI

What I liked

A lot intern networking opportunities, large company exposure

What I wish was different

Assignment wasn't what I had interviewed for, slow to disperse information about assignment location

Advice

Take advantage of all of the opportunities for interns
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Autonomous Vehicles Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The type of work I was doing, my team, and the fact it was an OEM experience.

What I wish was different

Location, pay salary, social experience, and my value at the company

Advice

Didn't feel that valued as an intern as I have had the summer previous. Lots of work, and interesting view on engineering, especially if you worked at suppliers before.
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Parts, Supply, and Logistics Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I felt very welcomed and truly learned a lot throughout the entire process. I had freedom to work on my own and was able to use many valuable skills.

What I wish was different

I wish my project was a little better structured and more thought out before I arrived.

Advice

It is on the intern to make the most out of their experience, be outgoing, reach out to people and in return you will have a valuable experience.
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Vehicle Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The ability to work in an analytical position

What I wish was different

That my project would have taken more time. I finished one month early

Advice

explore the different departments of Ford while you're there
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PDBIT Intern

May - July 2017 • Allen Park, MI

What I liked

Freedom to work on tasks on own schedule, ability to talk to many of the directors and many different departments, great fellow employees and a great learning experience.

What I wish was different

More exploration of the different areas available.

Advice

Have good time management and don’t be afraid to ask fellow employees for help.
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