Now that we’ve settled into fall semester, it’s career season! Viterbi offers a huge variety of career resources and opportunities for students – this is actually one of my very favorite things about being an engineer at USC.
In honor of the engineering career fair next Wednesday, I thought I’d use this week’s blog to talk about some of my past internships and how I got them.
After Freshman Year:
After my freshman year I worked for Oregon Health & Science University as an engineering research intern. During my freshman year at USC I did on campus research where I collected statistical data describing physical features of neutrophils and analyzed cell deformation and cell movement. Then, the summer after freshman year, I went home to Oregon and worked for my USC research professor’s colleague at OHSU. During that time, I developed a process to obtain data on cells, contributed analysis techniques and created visual displays for publications. I was also able to co-author two publications as a result of this internship!
- p21-Activated Kinase (PAK) Regulates Cytoskeletal Reorganization and Directional Migration in Human Neutrophils (Published: PLOS ONE – 2013)
- Critical Behavior of Subcellular Density Organization During Neutrophil Activation and Migration (Published: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering – 2015)
— Juliana Porter (@juliana_porter) September 4, 2013
I’ve written numerous blogs about my research which you can read here, here, and here. After Sophomore Year: During the summer after my sophomore year, I worked as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern for Eaton Aerospace in Jackson, Michigan. As an intern at Eaton, I implemented the foundation for plant-wide tool management system at Jackson Aerospace facility. I also structured system and training to improve acquisition, use, replacement, and organization of tooling, and collaborated with engineers, operators, and IT developers, and management to plan future phase of project. Finally, I performed capability analysis and created standardized visual work instructions for new operating machine.
After Junior Year: After my junior year, I worked as an Advisory Summer Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in San Francisco. During this time, I supported efforts to consolidate asset records and enhance business processes and capabilities at a major utility. I also developed an assessment of industry best practices for the close of maintenance process on transmission assets. PwC was such an incredibly fun and educational internship. Plus I loved living in the Bay Area! You can read more in this blog.
Senior Year –What’s Next?
After I graduate in May, I plan to return to PwC full time as a Technology Consultant in the Advisory practice. I will be based in the San Francisco office.
Thanks for reading! Fight on and Beat the Huskies!
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