My Internship at The Ross Heart Hospital

For my STEP project, I have had the opportunity to work as a PCA at the Ross Heart Hospital at Ohio State. As a PCA (Personal Care Associate), I assisted the nurses and hospital staff doing such tasks as taking vitals on patients, measuring input/output for each patient, providing bathing services for patients, as well as other miscellaneous duties.

I don’t want to sound like a cliche, but I changed much more than I thought from this opportunity. Working closely with patients that have heart failure, I have developed a new understanding of life and death, something most people my age, or any age, have no clue about. I have developed a better sense of what matters in this life as well as a better level of maturity.

PCA’s have several weeks of training before they are on their own, due to the amount and importance of tasks we complete. For the majority of my training on the floor, I was paired with another PCA that is only two years older than I am. She actually was going to be quitting soon since she had just graduated nursing school and accepted a position as a nurse already. I remember vividly the first time going into a patient’s room, trying to remember the correct dialogue “Hi I’m Danielle, I’ll be your PCA for today, and i’m just going to do x,y, and z”. Sounds simple enough, but needless to say there may have been a bit of stammering.

Throughout training I was introduced to many wonderful team members, whether it was a nurse or another fellow PCA. I started to develop my support system, which was vital in a place such as this. As I finished my training and began to work on my own, my preceptor had finished her job not only training me, but also as a PCA, moving on to her noble work as a nurse. I was left without my primary support person, but was quickly reminded I was not on my own; I had the whole staff of 6 Ross behind me, supporting me.

I could tell my first few assignments were easier than normal because I was new, but I eventually was introduced to a normal patient load with all responsibilities given to me. I soon was introduced to a patient I will refer to as Dalton for sake of confidentiality. Dalton had been in and out of the hospital, for a long period of time(something that can unfortunately be common with my patient population) so I started to know him pretty well as time progressed. Additionally, as time progressed, Dalton got much worse. I would at times have conversations with him about his thoughts on the afterlife, and his attitude towards it all. He would not be the only patient I had these kinds of conversations with. I would get to know the palliative care team, who I personally believe, are the closest a person can get to being a living saint.

Because of how much I was exposed to those who were at death’s door, I would hear a lot about their values, their beliefs, and plainly what they were thinking in that exact moment. I was able to inherit a lot of wisdom from them and learn what they thought was most important in life. I personally believe that those who are in this stage of life can at times have the best idea of what is most important because they had already lived through most of what life had to offer. I have unfortunately seen some of these people pass, entering the final stage and forever stage of life; death. It is a somber experience seeing someone die, watching their family around them become even more emotional than the moment before, embracing each other while trying to be strong, coping from the inevitable misfortune that had happened in front of them. Trying to be a voice of comfort, a shoulder to cry on, or be whatever these people need, is what helped me transform into the person I am today.

This transformation is significant to me because I plan on being a nurse, and eventually a nurse practitioner. I will most likely work in a hospital setting, surrounded by patients that will have experienced unfortunate events in their life. No matter where I am, I know that my patients will need to be compassionate, sympathetic, empathetic, and their main support system. No matter where my career takes me, my goal will always be to be there for my patients and let them know that I care.

Honda R&D Americas Mechanical Engineering Summer+Fall 2017 Co-op

Name: Matthew Newman

Type of Project: Summer+Fall 2017 Co-op

I worked as a student co-op at Honda R&D in Raymond, OH for the summer and fall of 2017. The R&D facility is responsible for new vehicle model development and I worked in the exterior body design department. During my terms I worked on 3D design and engineering drawings for exterior body parts such as emblems, door mirrors, and rear view mirrors.

The co-op started after I finished my sophomore year and this was my first co-op. Being my first co-op, it was my first chance to really get a feel for “real-world” engineering and how engineering is used in the workplace. I found through my time there that a lot of what I need to know for the job is learned on the job, not knowledge that can be learned through coursework. I also learned that the specific content from most of the courses isn’t directly applicable to the job, but rather knowing how to think like an engineer and problem solve is much more important. Before going through this co-op, I was pretty sure I wanted to go into design engineering. Also, before the experience I felt that the specific industry I go into isn’t important, only the field that I go into.

Going through the co-op experience mostly confirmed these assumptions. I now know that design engineering is a possibility for the career I want to go into, but I also want to make sure whether or not this is the career path I want to follow by trying out internships/co-ops in different areas of engineering such as analysis or test. The experience also solidified my assumption that the specific industry I go into isn’t as important to me as the area of engineering, as long as I find the products I work on interesting. The most important aspect to me is working in the area of engineering that interests me the most whether that ends up being testing or design engineering or another area. One of the major takeaways from the co-op I did not anticipate was learning more about Japanese culture and learning to work with a diverse group of people from different backgrounds.

The projects given to me throughout my co-op terms allowed me to get a feel for engineering in the industry and what all is involved in design engineering, specifically automotive design. I was given work and projects that would have otherwise been completed by full time engineers, which showed me what a career in design engineering would be like. I had the opportunity to work on parts from the initial styling concepts up to the first iteration of the parts. The first iteration of the parts included 3D computer models as well as engineering drawings that specified the requirements of the parts for accurate cost quotes. I also had a mentor throughout my time there that helped me learn the entire process and assisted me with the work I was given. I was also able to learn a little more about what other areas of engineering worked on at Honda during my terms there. Learning more about those other areas such as analysis and testing has made me want to try out internships or co-ops in those different areas to get a feel for the different kinds of work engineers can do. Gaining experience in different areas of engineering will allow me to determine which type of work best suits me.

From the various projects I worked on as well as some of the projects I saw full time engineers working on, I learned that many of the courses I have taken don’t directly apply in an engineering career. While many of the courses don’t directly apply, knowledge gained from the courses such as engineering fundamentals and how to analyze and solve problems was definitely necessary for the projects. There were some courses that did directly apply to the job, but the courses that are applicable is dependent on the job. I found that the courses related the most to my job were the courses that covered 3D design and engineering drawing. Knowing the basics of 3D modeling and engineering drawing was definitely necessary in order to succeed in a design position. Towards the end of my terms, a saying one of the senior engineers told me has definitely stuck with me. The senior engineer told me a saying that he’s heard and has found to be true is that we’ll only use about 10% of what we actually learned in college courses in our career, but which 10% depends on the career and we won’t know which 10% it is until graduating.

Learning more about Japanese culture and having the opportunity to work with people with diverse backgrounds was a major takeaway I wasn’t expecting. I knew that Honda is a Japanese based company and that they have diverse employees, but the extent to which I learned about different cultures and backgrounds surpassed my expectations. Throughout my co-op terms, I had the opportunity to work with others who were not born or raised in the United States and whose first language was not English. Before this co-op experience, I had limited experience working with fellow students who were raised in a different culture and who were not fluent in English. During my co-op terms, some of the people that I worked with did not yet speak fluent English, but since English was the only language we had in common that was how we had to communicate. As a result, I learned how to better communicate complex topics using simpler language which I think is a very valuable skill to have learned. Even though I worked at an American Honda R&D facility, many of the Japanese practices were still in place. As a result, I was able to learn a little more about Japanese workplace customs through the practices that were still in place. Also, full time engineers would often have business trips to Honda facilities in Japan to collaborate, and hearing about the experiences from the people that went on those trips allowed me to learn a little more about Japanese culture.

The co-op terms were extremely valuable to me, not only for the engineering experience I gained but the experience has also helped me figure out what I want from a career. I know that I want to experience different companies and areas of engineering with future internships, so that I can be more sure that the career path I choose after graduating is the path that is right for me. I also learned more about what I can do to best prepare for my career. Knowing that problem solving and analytical thinking are some of the most important skills for an engineering career that I can gain from coursework, I will focus on strengthening those skills over the remainder of my courses. The experience has also influenced the courses I plan to take for technical electives. There were a few technical electives I was previously planning on taking but I learned most of the material during my co-op that would have been covered in those courses. Now I plan on taking technical electives on topics that would be able to help me in my career and strengthen my knowledge in areas that I don’t have much experience in. The major topic I want to learn more about now is manufacturing processes. During my co-op I found I was not extremely knowledgeable on different manufacturing processes and that there is a lot more I could learn about manufacturing.

England Summer Global Internship


This past summer I interned abroad in London, England at a non-profit called Equalities National Council (ENC). Founded in 1997, this non-profit provides advocacy and mentoring services to disabled individuals. For eight weeks, I worked with the CEO to lobby for funds from corporations and government agencies as well as completed their funding applications via an online application process.


Interning abroad was beneficial because it allowed me to develop both as a person and as a business student. For eight weeks, I was required to live without my family members for the first time ever. This enabled me to become more independent and mature over a short period. This is so because I was force to complete simple household chores on my own in addition to being alert and vigilant in a large city to ensure my safety. I also started to appreciate the value of having money. With an unpaid internship, I had to pay for airfare, food, and other expenses from my own pocket. Although the STEP funds were helpful, it did not cover the entire cost of the trip. Therefore, the habitat of creating a budget that I picked up on will be valuable to me in the future.

As a business major, interning abroad was a wonderful experience. Living in a financial hub, I was exposed to various business procedures and methods that I was unaware of earlier. These experiences will set me apart from other candidates for future opportunities. I also learned about Brexit and saw how decisions from the government can affect corporations in an impactful manner. I also developed an entrepreneurial mindset through my constant interactions with the CEO. This connection and knowledge can be useful in the future if I decide to pursue a career as an entrepreneur. Furthermore, this experience has made me comfortable to adapt to new situations. This skill can be valuable once I graduate from Ohio State and look to settle in with a company.


As mentioned, I have become a more mature and responsible person as a result from the trip. This is so because I was required to provide and look out for myself in a such a large city. I also had to handle conflict, such as adapting to a different currency, without prior knowledge.

Through the internship, I interacted with the CEO numerous times to learn about the non-profit, the motive behind creating it, and how it was established. These discussions allowed me to realize how nonprofits in London receive little support from the government. Therefore, the fact that ENC has existed for almost twenty years was impressive to me. Also, connecting with the CEO helped me the see the commitment and passion needed to be an entrepreneur since she started ENC on her own in 1997. I also attended seminars where representatives from major corporations, such as Deloitte and PwC, talked about how Brexit has affected their operations and strategic plans. This was interesting to hear because I got to see the concerns and the recommendations that companies wanted the government to consider when finalizing the Brexit arrangement.

Another important transformation that the internship caused was helping me become a people-oriented person. Unlike most internships, I had an active role where I had to constantly communicate with others in order to persuade them to donate to ENC. Therefore, these interactions led me to become comfortable with confronting other people. Furthermore, this skill helped me become friends with the other Ohio State students I was living with in a fast manner. This elevated the gratification I felt from this trip because I got to hang out and travel with other people, instead alone.


Transforming into an independent individual expedites the development process and allows me to become an adult. With this, I have become more confident and capable to live on my own once I graduate. The experience attained from the internship was valuable because it showed me how I need a technical role in order to be productive. The internship was the ideal first real world experience, but it made me realize how I need to search for a more concrete and routine role in the future. Therefore, as a career goal, I need to apply for positions with more specific responsibilities.

Apart from London, I also traveled to other locations during the summer. I visited Dublin, Ireland and Copenhagen, Denmark. Through these trips, I transformed into a more culturally aware person. Experiencing the different cultures and traditions made me realize how I much admire traveling to different locations. Therefore, as another career goal, I would like to find some rotational program so I can live in various cities as I learn more about operations and policies of the company.

My Internship with the Witten Farm Market and Greenhouse

 My internship consisted of a five and a half month position with the Witten Farm Market and Greenhouse.  As part of my responsibilities, I worked in an intermediate leadership position working at Smith Farm Market in Bexley Ohio overseeing seasonal staff and the routine duties of the market. I implemented a Reusable Bag Program by researching invoices, conducting research on plastic and cardboard materials, designing marketing advertisements, contacting various suppliers and recycling agencies and performing cost benefit analysis to advise employers on allocation of funds. I shadowed every level of management within the company including farmers, market managers, regional managers and the CEO of the company. I attended both leadership and managerial conferences for professional development. The Witten Farm Market owns 22 market locations over the states of Ohio and West Virginia, so part of my duties included visiting the other locations.

I was first introduced to the Witten Farm Market and Greenhouse when I met Katie Searles and Mallory Bailey at the career fair for the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. What immediately caught my attention and left a lasting impression on me was the the value and genuine interest they seemed to have for each student who approached their booth. I remember thinking “Wow, I really feel comfortable with these people.”

Their friendliness and kindness left such an impression on me that I applied for a job on the Witten Farm Market website before my internship interview just in case I did not get a position as an intern. During my interview, I remember feeling comfortable and able to express myself to Katie and Mallory, like they really did want to get to know me further. Being involved in the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program, I had the means to stay in Columbus last summer. I accepted this internship because I felt that this would be a positive working environment where I would be able to learn and grow personally due to the support and respect I felt the company had for me.

Looking back, this support and respect was crucial for me during this summer as it was my first away from home and one of the hardest of my entire life. It’s important for me to keep my personal life from affecting my work performance but often this summer I struggled. My boss, Mallory, was always incredibly kind and understanding during these instances and I was again reminded of how much Witten’s seemed to care about me as an individual and those memories of compassion will stick with me for the rest of my life. As director of a student organization  here on campus, I try to implement approachability and kindness so that students feel comfortable coming to me with issues and then having compassion and empathy for them whenever they do, as I watched Mallory do all summer. Learning from my regional manager Katie and Mallory has changed the way I lead others permanently. I’ve since come to find that directing others can often be a lot like interacting with customers. People do not always want to follow rules or orders, but it’s important to always remain gracious, have patience and smile.

One of the biggest things I learned this summer was knowledge about myself. Attitude is everything and I learned how important it is to display enthusiasm constantly when around customers and fellow co-workers. Seeing Julie’s passion–the CEO of the Witten’s–for her work made me realize how important attitude is in a management position and how it relates to an entire organization, everything is trickle down. I learned that I was a perfectionist, something I have never considered myself to be. I have always thought of myself as very Type B because I am flexible and amiable. What I didn’t realize was how difficult it was for me to watch others perform work that I knew I could easily do.  Last spring, I would never have guessed how difficult I would find it to work through others. There were many times this summer where I had to let another employee do a task that I knew I could do better. But I discovered it was more important to stand back and allow that employee to learn on their own than to hover. I was of the mindset that I was asking others to do work that I could easily do and sometimes I felt guilty. But I’ve realized since, that when you’re in a leadership position, your responsibilities are redefined and your job is no longer to simply get a task completed but to complete that task through another person by creating a relationship in which there is mutual trust, respect and kindness, an environment wherein both parties grow. There were many times this summer where my perfectionist tendencies worked against me and I am still learning how to balance working efficiently yet thoroughly. I learned this summer how much satisfaction I derive from a job well done but I also learned that that pride in my work can hinder me as well by slowing me down and that there is a compromise there that I am still striving to find.

A a result of interning for the Witten Farm Market and Greenhouse, I have realized that I ultimately want to work in management. I love working with people, I value relationships and environments such as this one wherein individual growth is valued and supported by management. The workplace environment created at Witten’s is the only kind that I want to work in, where people are excited to go into work each day and it will be what I am looking for in every job interview I have post-college as I search for employment. I have learned management and leadership skills that have changed who I am as a person and how I operate in the various positions I hold on Ohio State’s campus. I couldn’t be more thankful for the experiences I have under my belt after working for the Witten Farm Market and Greenhouse.

Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC Internship

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1) My internship was through Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC (MDK) which is a default litigation law firm located in Columbus, Ohio. Throughout this internship, I learned the inner workings of the legal process through creating affidavits to go to court, I handled documents and sorted mail for courts, and I would keep our clients up to date on the progress in their cases.

2) MDK transformed the way I viewed the legal process in a few different ways. I was unaware that law firms with larger case loads had many employees doing the background work for the lawyers. I was also unaware of how long it can take for cases to be adjudicated and closed, because of factors like active military statuses, and bankruptcy to name a few. I also learned a lot about foreclosure and bankruptcy, because those are the two main areas of default litigation MDK deals with.

MDK also helped me to see a different side of myself. I was put in a professional environment, which I had never experienced before, and I was able to thrive. Professional environments are much different than regular college life, I had to dress professionally, and think carefully about what I could say and talk about in a professional setting. Even things like emails have to be professional, which makes sense looking back on it, but I was unaware of how many things change once you enter into a professional environment. Also, I realized that I have the ability to pay attention to detail and ask good questions when I’m learning new things, and I’m good at finding mistakes in the cases.

3) During the first few weeks of my internship, I had to go through a lot of new-hire training and orientation-type activities. MDK has a team of people in charge of making the training videos that are custom for our firm and the programs we use to sort through our cases and everything that goes into them. The trainings of course included videos on “Effective Professional Communication” which go into detail on how, and how not to interact with coworkers. These videos detailed things like not putting emoticons in emails, always using full words and not abbreviations (even if they are firm abbreviations), and to always set up voicemail and email reminders on the days you will be out of the office. All of those seemingly unimportant details can make a big difference on how coworkers view you and your professionalism, which I took to heart. In my 6-week review with my boss, she noted how professional I had been in my correspondences and my attire and she was pleasantly surprised how quickly I rose to the standards of the firm.

I noticed my ability to pay attention to little details while working on some of the more time-sensitive pieces of work. One of my jobs is to check the military status of all defendants in our cases to make sure they are not active-military members or dependents, as they are afforded some extra protections when it comes to default litigation. In these cases, I would prepare military affidavits stating that the defendants are not active-military, and I would have to sign my name, taking responsibility for any mistakes that may be in the document or case up to this point, which is a lot of pressure. This would make me check and double-check all the details so that I could ensure that there were no mistakes.

The legal process for default litigation can be lengthy because there are countless things that can go wrong in a case, like a defendant filing bankruptcy- which means that the case has to be put on hold until the bankruptcy is resolved, which can take years. Before I worked in a legal setting, the only experience I had had with the legal process was in TV where the cases were tried and wrapped up in a single episode of a show and other things like that, but that is not reality. I took the internship with MDK because I thought I wanted to go to law school after graduation, but I started having second thoughts a couple months into my job there. I realized that while many cases are different, the work can be monotonous and dull. I enjoyed my coworkers and friendships I made, but I believe that seeing the real legal process was the most valuable experience I could have attained with regards to what career I want to pursue after I graduate.

4) This transformation was significant to my future because I realized that law school is not for me. I am not completely sure that a career in law is something I would enjoy. I have had to do a lot of thinking about my future and what kind of career I want to pursue because for the longest time, I though law school was the only thing for me after completing my undergraduate degree. My future plans have changed from wanting to be an attorney, to wanting to work for the federal government, and helping the country in a more wide-scale way. The internship at MDK is an experience that I will not regret because I had a lot of fun and got to learn about myself and my future, while gaining valuable experience and professional insights.

2017 Madrid Summer Internship

Name: Bailey Hoppes

Type of Project: Internship

My STEP Signature project was an eight-week internship abroad in Madrid, Spain where I lived and worked. Madrid became a place that I felt I could call home. I fell in love with the culture and the people of Spain. I was able to emerge myself in a new, exciting culture to understand how life can differ from what I am used to. During my internship, I was also able to travel all around Europe. Without STEP I would not have been able to have the best summer of my life.

My view of the world changed dramatically during my time spent in Spain for my summer internship. Not only did I get to see how business works differently in different parts of the world, but I got to experience the culture of Spain and other countries in Europe. Before my experience abroad I had very little interaction with people from Spain or Europe in general other than just for travel, but during my internship I actually had to learn how to communicate with them and really learn about their experiences. It helped me have a better understanding of why diversity is so important in every aspect of our life. Diversity helps us grow in our careers and develop a better understanding of the world around us. I also learned a great amount about the finance and real estate industry which was very helpful in helping me decide what type of future career I wanted. I was never quite sure what I wanted to do after graduation and this opportunity pushed me in a direction of wanting to work in real estate.

During my time abroad, I was able to develop on a personal level as well. Not only was I working with people from another country, but I had to interact with them in every activity of my day to day life, whether that was grabbing a coffee or buying groceries. I had to be confident in myself to know that I was able to interact with other people who were vastly different from me. I gained confidence and realized that I can do anything that I put my mind to. I got to explore my love for traveling by visiting over fifteen countries. I truly was able to explore the world and grow my passion for travel.

During my summer internship, I worked at Resource Capital Partners, a commercial real estate business. In the office, I focused on improving the cash flow model, researching and analyzing the real estate investment market for potential clients, and analyzing current projects to make sure they were on track and up to date. As a finance major, I was excited to be able to focus on the cash flow model and improve its functionality. I worked on a various number of projects and learned a lot about the real estate industry.

One of my coworkers and I were able to work together on many presentations and make sure they were ready for our clients. Sometimes our ideas would collide on what information was beneficial for our clients, and I would begin to get frustrated but these were the times where I came to realize that is important to understand that people may be different from you and have other ideas. I learned that listening to a diverse amount of opinions really helps to develop the best possible presentation and exceed your end goals. Communication is really important in the workplace to create the greatest outcome. This internship brought things I have learned in my classes to life and will improve my future understanding in the classroom. Overall, I learned a various amount of useful skills and grew professionally as I was pushed to my fullest potential.

Being able to travel the world really allowed me to grow into a more confident and independent person. During one of my weekend trips to Munich, my friends and I had thought we were lost and could not get back to the place we were staying. I took it upon myself to lead our group back to our hostel by using my sense of direction and landmarks I had noticed when we had left earlier in the day. I was confident in my abilities and led us back to our hostel safely. This is just one instance where I became more confident and took initiative during a group setting in order to get us where we needed to go. Now, I feel that I could more confidently lead a team to reach an end goal.

Overall, this experience showed me that I am able to do anything I put my mind to and that the sky really is the limit. I am more confident and willing to try new things. Working and living internationally provided me with the desire to keep traveling and exploring the world, and because of this opportunity I hope to eventually work in an international business setting. I am so grateful for the friends and mentors I gained through this experience. This summer will forever remain the best summer of my life. I am so thankful I was able to explore the world, learn, and work all in one amazing, unforgettable trip.

Ethicon Internship

Name: Thomas Erb

Type of Project: Internship

1.My STEP signature project entailed supporting a design team of engineers for a summer Co Op. I worked on testing a surgical device to make sure it met specifications and requirements. Along with this, I was part of the service committee within the Co op group, which entailed scheduling and attending service events.

2.  My worldview changed most from my multicultural experience over the term. My team was based in Shanghai, China and I had to learn to communicate effectively with them. Additionally, the Co Op sitting next to me was from Puerto Rico, and I often helped him with wording Emails in English, as Spanish was his first language. Prior to this experience, I had very little interactions with people from different cultures. I learned the value of a diverse workforce, while learning valuable conversational skills. The Chinese team often approached tasks in a different manner than I would, therefore my greatest learning from this diversity was finding out how to best communicate our methods to still be productive.

I also grew to understand myself better on a professional level. Previously, I had assumed that most professional communication happened over Email while people worked on their tasks at their desk. I learned from my assignment manager the value of getting up from your desk to go talk to people face to face. By doing so, it draws more attention to what you’re working on, while forcing the person to give you attention for a moment. This also ensures that they have heard you, and that whatever you may need assistance with is on their mind. This experience taught me that I need to push myself to engage with people face to face. I also learned that this made the workday significantly more enjoyable, rather than being stuck at a desk all day.

3. My interactions with the Puerto Rican Co Op and my Chinese coworkers helped lead to my change discussed in #2. When I first arrived, I was new to the professional world and had no prior experience with working with an international group. I was the outsider, and had to learn how to communicate effectively to create a positive work experience.

Through my term, four of the Chinese team members were there for 4 of my 12 weeks, and an additional 2 arrived for my final week. The 12 hour time difference taught me the value of working ahead and making sure that I was staying on top of my work to be able to send Emails with questions by the end of my work day, in order to receive a response by the next morning.  For example, in one moment I had to do a test and needed a part stored in a cabinet. Some of the parts were supposed to be used for testing, and other parts were to be kept in good condition for more official testing to come. Because of this, I had to push my testing back an entire day, solely because I was unsure of which cartridges I could use. I ended up having to send a picture of the cabinet for them to respond effectively as to which parts to use.

To teach me to be up front and talk to people, my assignment manager would often introduce me to people in my first few weeks. He’d make a point to introduce me to people I may need to speak to later. The emphasis he placed on this practice taught me that it was something he very much valued. He often spoke to the benefits of doing this, and would almost force me to talk to people directly if possible. By the end of my term, I was much more comfortable talking to new people whom I’d never met before in order to get things done.

Going into this project, I was hoping to grow professionally. I was able to achieve this by gaining experience in a multicultural environment and team. This allowed me to refine my communication. I learned to communicate in a clear concise manner, which fit my audience of engineers from outside the country. Additionally, I got experience working within an Engineering design team which redefined my view of the importance of knowledge that I’ve been gaining through classes.

4. By expanding my work experience to include diverse coworkers, it has taught me the value of having a diverse team to work with. We had many ways of going about tasks, which led to new and innovative ideas. This matters moving forward in my academic life. As I look forward to capstone and undergraduate research, it is likely that I’ll have a diverse team. Having experience working with people of different backgrounds will help ease this situation and give me a head start on forming a productive group environment.

Additionally, I would like to go into management later in my career, and having a sense of how companies collaborate internationally will definitely help me achieve that goal. With this, learning the value of face to face interactions helped to cement in my mind that I like working with people directly. While I knew I didn’t want to do general Engineering work my whole life, this experience showed how I can still be around the world of innovation, while working with people towards an end goal. I also learned a lot from my assignment manager, and would like to be able to help other Engineers later on in life in a similar manner.

Finally, the experience as a whole has given me real world context of why the knowledge that I’m gaining in coursework is important. This can help motivate me to work harder in classes in order to retain information, as I see a practical use for it now.