I can’t believe that summer is almost over… but it has been a great one!! My last blog post described how I got my summer internship at ENGIE Services U.S, a general contractor working on energy efficiency projects in school districts primarily. Back then, I didn’t know exactly how it would go, but now I know that it is an awesome company and it was a great experience.
At ENGIE, I worked as A Project Coordinator (PC) Intern, which allowed me to work on all sorts of projects in the company as an administrative help. I worked with Project Managers, Project Engineers, and even VPs of the company, all to help make the communication between all parties smooth and effective. I learned what all of these roles actually mean in practice, and I learned a TON about construction and renewable energy.
Outside of the job, I was able to go to lunch with my friends interning at JPL since I was in Pasadena as well, and I got to go out to a ton of great free lunches on the company!
Through this internship, I have made incredible connections with many people in the energy industry. At the end of my program, I was even offered a part-time position to continue working during the school year! Overall, it was an excellent experience and I’m so happy I chose to approach them at the Viterbi Career Fair in the spring.
After my internship ended, I was able to go to Catalina Island for a few days with my family. It was a great relaxing long weekend and I even went scuba diving in the kelp forests and saw a giant sea bass! Now, I’m off to a backpacking trip in the Eastern Sierra. Have a great summer!
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It’s the beginning of April, and the crunch to get an internship is really hitting hard. This is the time where most people are finalizing their summer plans, and I was still applying to positions and doing interviews! I was pretty stressed, but then I got a call from an unknown number. I picked up, and was told “We would love to hire you as an Intern at Engie!”. I’m soooo excited to even get a position, and I’m especially excited to work at this company in particular. In this post, I’ll tell all of you how I got this position!
First, I went to the Viterbi Career Fair in the Spring. Before the Career Fair, though, I searched out Viterbi Career Gateway Portal for the companies that were coming to the Fair and I found Engie! Engie is an energy company that redesigns systems in school districts and federal buildings in order to make them more efficient and sustainable. I was excited by this, so I went and spoke to them at the Fair. The line was short, as the company is less well known, and I had a great conversation with the representative because I had researched them before and taken notes.
After the Career Fair, I followed up with the Engie rep that I had met and he promised to pass my resume off to the hiring managers! A few weeks later, when I hadn’t heard from him, I emailed him again and he was able to send me a job posting for an internship that he thought would fit my interests. I applied, got a phone interview, and got the job all within two weeks!!
On the topic of internships, I recommend going to the Career Fairs that Viterbi puts on, because meeting someone in person is sooo important, and using the Career Gateway to help you learn about the company! I also recommend keeping up with the representative. Keep emailing them! They won’t get annoyed, and they will remember you.
I’m so excited to work in Pasadena, CA this summer as a Project Delivery Support Intern for Engie, and I know I got this opportunity solely through the networking tips I gave above!