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Ford Motor Company

Service Engineering Operations Intern

June - August 2020 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Great work atmosphere. Very helpful mentors and coworkers. Interns were very friendly. Learned valuable work and life skills.

What I wish was different

An in-person experience would have been nice, assuming there wasn't a pandemic going on.

Advice

Reach out to your mentors and coworkers often and early to make sure you get the most out of your internship. There are plenty of people willing to help you succeed here, you need to take the initiative.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - July 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Great experience learning how a real Software Engineering team operates. Got to work with a modern tech stack. Lots of different areas of the company to be involved in. Exciting new projects coming in the pipeline for future interns/new grads

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

If you want to do a software internship, make sure you're proficient with data structures/algorithms. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and put in a ton of work.
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Summer Research Intern

June - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

It was really fun and I got to learn a lot of stuff. I got assigned one project to work on for my couple months and I learned so much about my subject area. Not only did I learn technical information, I got to explore the Ford Research and Innovation Center (where my summer internship was located) and saw other projects in other fields, met a lot of new people, and learned the office lifestyle. I would definitely recommend this to anybody.

What I wish was different

None

Advice

Make sure you use your time wisely. If you finished your work for the day, walk around the building and talk to people and take advantage of this opportunity. Also, Ford offers so many different options so when choosing one, make sure you choose wisely because you will be stuck with it.
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Parts, Supply and Logistics Intern

June - July 2020 • Brownstown, MI

What I liked

Great project

What I wish was different

Remote networking was difficult

Advice

Find a mentor in your first week or two
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Research Intern

June - August 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

the community

What I wish was different

in person instead of virtual

Advice

make as many connections as you can
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Plant Layout Intern

June - August 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I really enjoyed the aspect of community that was given to me there. I truly felt like I was part of the company and that my work was making a difference.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been given more tasks, but it was the first virtual internship that Ford has ever been given, so I can't say that it was the company's fault.

Advice

I would say that no one should be afraid to ask questions! People are there to help you and grow you as an engineer
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Marketing, Sales & Service Intern

June - August 2020 • Plano, TX

What I liked

I liked how flexible things were and how they let me take my project in my own direction with it.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been in-person.

Advice

Network. Network. Network.
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Technical Support Analyst

June - August 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I loved Ford's culture and the Ford family environment. They placed a huge emphasis on soft skills and working together. I loved that even though COVID resulted in many internships being cancelled, Ford decided to keep the internship going and shipped me a laptop to be able to meet with them every day.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have gotten a little more experience in job shadowing. Other than that the experience was amazing!

Advice

I would share that being punctual, honest, and kind are thee things that employers look for. They admire humility and people that can work well with others.
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Corporate Finance Intern

June - August 2020 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I was involved in a global project where I had the opportunity to speak with multiple employees across the world and understand how such a large corporation is able to effectively communicate and accomplish projects. The overall experience was great as I had exposure to many different areas of the business.

What I wish was different

From a virtual standpoint, everything was fantastic. The interns had all the support necessary to successfully complete their projects. Multiple networking events were hosted and the opportunity to ask questions was always there.

Advice

Be as engaged as possible and demonstrate commitment to the project you are working on. Explore different pathways and variables and always suggest new ideas.
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Manufacturing Finance Intern

May - August 2019 • Wayne, MI

What I liked

My team and my project. My manager, supervisor, and fellow analysts were great. My daily tasks and projects were fun too. I really felt like I was apart of the team since my very first day. Everyone was so helpful and welcoming-even those who I didn't work directly with. When it came to my project, I ultimately was responsible for doing the work myself, but I did receive great assistance from everyone. They truly wanted to see me succeed.

What I wish was different

My summer housing. I lived too far away from the rest of the interns; further away from Detroit.

Advice

Be prepared to learn a lot! Take advantage of intern opportunities and events and ask as many questions as you can to ensure that you understand your project.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Good team and working on significant projects.

What I wish was different

A better relationship with people in my team throughout my internship.

Advice

Try reaching out to as many people as you can for advice if you are interning at big company with a lot of employees.
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Data Science Intern

June - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Great people!

What I wish was different

More structure!

Advice

Python!!!
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Parts, Supply, Logistics Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I liked the family atmosphere! Everyone is super friendly and I got a project that felt like I was making a difference.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have done more to learn about other elements of the business, to look for other opportunities in other divisions.

Advice

Try to meet as many people as you can during your internship at Ford. It's a huge company and you can get to know a lot of people if you're willing to take advantage of the opportunity.
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Accompanist Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Opportunity to see a variety of manufacturing and testing sites Interdisciplinary work

What I wish was different

Better defined project

Advice

Advocate for yourself and go get the experiences you want. Many people are willing to help an intern especially if you just want to see what goes on in a certain area.
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TSA intern

May - August 2019 • Allen Park, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed getting to know the job that Ford hires a lot of automotive students to do. Along with receiving the same training that new hires do, we were able to visit other parts of the company and see what other opportunities there are.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have done an internship before my senior year. This opportunity lead to a job and it would have been beneficial to do with different companies.

Advice

If there are any companies visiting the campus, take advantage of it and interview or talk with them. Even if you do not know if you want to work for that specific company, this will give you an opportunity to find out more about them. Internships are also very important. It gives you and the company you intern with 3 months to basically interview each other. If you don't want to work for them, there is no long term commitment but you have gained experience that may help you receive other job offers.
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Program Management Analyst

May 2019 • Allen Park, MI

What I liked

Challenging work, responsibility, full role integration with a working team

What I wish was different

experience was very fulfilling

Advice

Be a self starter, ask questions, take notes, be enthusiastic
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Planning Analyst Intern

June - August 2019 • Allen Park, MI

What I liked

This was an awesome internship. I had many experiences that helped me to learn and grow. I was given projects and work that was meaningful, and that I felt made a real difference.

What I wish was different

My only complaint was the location, because it was far from family.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions, and share insights at this, or any internship. They hire you for you to contribute your whole self, so don't be afraid to jump in where you feel like you can make a difference.
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Summer Intern

May - July 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I like that I had exposure to the industry on a whole new level as compared to what we learned in school. Other than that, the team I worked with immediately put me at ease by helping out any questions I had in regards to the office, my project, etc.

What I wish was different

This can not be helped but I wish that a return offer can be offered to International Students as visa sponsorship exists the main reason of not capable of returning.

Advice

Be curious and ready to admit failure. We all need to start off somewhere and mistakes are inevitable but just know that other people are there for you if you just ask !
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Information Technology Intern

May - August 2019 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I gained a lot of new experience and had a very supportive team. I also met a lot of really great interns that I was able to share my experience with.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Manufacturing Engineering Intern

August - December 2018 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

My coworkers were great.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more work for me to do.

Advice

Try to learn from everyone you can.
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