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Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic (formerly SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic)

naval research enterprise internship program intern

June - August 2019 • Charleston, SC

What I liked

Being able to travel to NC with my team

What I wish was different

Get a laptop on network rather than having to use mifi hotspots

Advice

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Intern

June 2021 • Charleston, SC

What I liked

The people and the project I was assigned (classified)

What I wish was different

Onboarding process should be faster and more efficient next time.

Advice

It's a government job so expect crappy circumstances. Just roll with it and accept the money.
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Student Trainee - Engineer

May - August 2020 • Charleston, SC

What I liked

Learned a lot about the organization and gained experience that was different than what I had done previously.

What I wish was different

Advice

Ask questions to get a good understanding of what it would be like to work there full time.
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Computer Science Intern

February - September 2020 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

being part of a team

What I wish was different

more one on one mentorship

Advice

it's a great experience to work for a good company with lots of resources. I learned a lot.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

May 2017 • Charleston, SC

What I liked

NIWC Atlantic has a lot of opportunities for students, particularly STEM, with work in many different fields. A lot of the workforce is somewhat old so they are bringing in many new professionals and there are several networking events to meet others. Some of the work being done is uninteresting but mobility between different groups is easy and often is heavily encouraged. There is a pretty decent mix of research, design work, and managerial style work and the people are generally friendly to talk to so finding work you want to do is not very hard. Also, interns often are able to come back during winter break, and working during the school year typically an option.

What I wish was different

NIWC is both government-funded and a large company so it is a bureaucratic nightmare. It is pretty common to see a project be heavily delayed because they're waiting on parts to be ordered or because they have to go through an external manufacturer. Because of this a lot of manufacturing is starting to be done in-house and they have large warehouses of random parts, but it still is a severe issue.

Advice

If you don't like what you're doing, talk to people about it. There's a pretty high chance you can get moved around even within ~3-month span of a summer internship.
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Student Scientist

July - August 2019 • Charleston, SC

What I liked

Great learning experience, they offered lots of training and interesting projects.

What I wish was different

Lots and lots of paperwork and ended up starting late because HR couldn't get it out in time which cost me money in rent down there when I wasn't working and then had to find additional housing since I had to extend the internship

Advice

Communication is key and call rather than email. Also don't use your school email to communicate because it is unreliable with their email service.
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Engineering intern

May - August 2019 • Charleston, SC

What I liked

Very helpful co-workers. Flexible schedule. Good location.

What I wish was different

The work that I was told that I would be doing was different from the work I was actually given. I was in more of a QA / project management role when I was told that I would be doing something specifically in the field of engineering.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and seek out work when you don't have anything to do.
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Student Intern, Engineering

June 2018 • Charleston, SC

What I liked

Team atmosphere, meaningful work, flex schedule

What I wish was different

The mentoring could have been better. On-boarding process was long.

Advice

Take advantage of every opportunity in your competency, talk to your teammates regularly, and be patient.
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Mechanical Engineer

March 2018 • Virginia Beach, VA

What I liked

It's great hands on experience.

What I wish was different

It's a very slow on boarding process.

Advice

Give it time. After an internship it is highly likely to get a full time offer or another internship.
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Data Scientist Intern

May - August 2018 • North Charleston, SC

What I liked

I liked that I was learning new algorithms and classification techniques.

What I wish was different

Mentoring could have been better.

Advice

I thought it was a really good opportunith to learn about new technology. The people there were helpful and care about you.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Hanahan, SC

What I liked

The close environment. It was so easy to network.

What I wish was different

Nothing, I enjoyed everyday.

Advice

Make sure you take advantage of your resources and the people around you. Make sure you network. Do as much research as you can.
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