Conrad Herold Wright is pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach campus. He had the pleasure of interning at Censys Technologies Corporation for over a year.
How did you obtain your internship?
I knew a fellow student from Embry-Riddle who had gone into the company a year before. When the company was looking for interns, they provided me with a recommendation and helped me connect to the recruitment team.
What projects did you work on while completing your internship?
I worked on the design and manufacture of battery systems for the company’s long range electric UAVs. Most of my work involved the hands on manufacturing of parts, and developing the systems to standardize them for subcontractor manufacture. I also spent some time working on a UAV catapult launch system design team.
Please tell us about your learning experience, both professionally and personally. What are the benefits you will take away from these experiences?
I learned a lot about the corporate culture and organization during my internship. The importance to be independently minded and showing initiative to organize your time to effectively complete the task set before you was a major part of the learning experience working in a professional setting. Managers for the most part will look for you to focus and direct your skills to complete the tasks they assign you as effectively and efficiently as possible. These skills I developed to handle the workflow are probably the most important thing I have taken away from this internship.
What are your career aspirations and have they changed since you completed your internship/co-op?
This internship has really helped me realize what I want to do with my future career. I found I enjoyed working in the corporate environment, which has solidified my feelings on going into industry after I get my undergraduate degree. Working there also help me realize what parts of the engineering discipline I enjoy working in, which has helped me start to look at how I want to shape my career post graduation.
What advice do you have for students interested in obtaining an internship/co-op?
Networking is one of the most important things to be able to do both during and after college, talking to people and creating connections can help you gain opportunities that you would otherwise have missed. Even if they are not directly related to what you want to do or where you want to go, they may know someone who is, and creating those connections can expand your possibilities in ways you might not expect at first glance.