What were your responsibilities when interning with Textron?
At Textron Kautex, my responsibilities were to analyze the software program Delmia part of Dassault’s V6Experience. This part of Dassault’s software was not being used by the company and it was my job to learn the software and determine if buying multiple licenses and using it frequently would benefit the company or if it would cost more than it was worth. In the end, I created a step by step user manual for others to learn the software, a PowerPoint that I presented to people in all ranks of the company and were located throughout the world such as Bonn, Germany to show how we can use the technology and a business case with the cost analysis to verify its worth to the company.
How did you obtain your internship?
I applied for this internship on Textron’s website prior to the Industry/Career Expo then talked to them at Expo and was able to interview the next day after which I was offered an internship from Kautex.
Based on your internship experience, have your professional or personal goals changed at all?
Through this internship experience I learned that I do want to be in the aviation industry. Kautex is in automotive which was a great learning experience but I know that I have a much greater passion for aviation than I do automotive. I also learned through my internship experience that I can do so much more with my career than I ever anticipated and its just a matter of going out and doing my best work every day, making connections that I can make a difference in the company I am part of.
What advice do you have for other students interested in pursuing an internship?
My advice to other students interested in internships is to apply early and apply often to any and all internships that peak your interest even if it isn’t necessarily in your desired field. If you get denied for internships keep applying, all it takes is one person to change that no to a yes and every student needs to be ready to jump on the opportunity to nail an interview. Once you land the internship while there, ask questions!!!! It is always better to ask questions to those around you that understand what needs to be done and how to do it rather than submitting work just to redo because it was wrong, quality should always be your top priority.