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IT Intern

May - August 2021 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Loved how well rounded the whole internship process was, as events were organized for interns that exposed them to different parts of the company and helped them understand more about the organization in the short time you are there for. The IT team I was part of was a very friendly, resourceful, and helpful bunch that was core to my learning experience at this internship.

What I wish was different

I wish the project that was given to me was a bit more involved with the rest of the team I was part of.

Advice

Be prepared to do a lot, learn a lot, and meet a lot of new people. Don't be afraid to ask anything and step out of your comfort zone to get to know your coworkers and interns.
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Product Development Engineering Intern

December 2020 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Engage in the opportunities offered to all interns.
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Packaging Engineer

May 2021 • Athens, AL

What I liked

You are really thrown into the fire, in a good way. I didn't have any intern specific projects, nor was treated like one. It gave real world industry experience and forced me to grow really fast.

What I wish was different

I wish that I was able to travel more to dealer sites, installations, and head quarters in Michigan. However with covid things were pretty shut down.

Advice

This is applicable to this experience as well as all experiences, take your time learning your function. Do not criticize yourself for taking time to figure out what you are doing or taking a long time to truly get on your feet and function independently. You are likely ahead of where you need to be far before you give yourself credit.
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IT Intern

May - August 2021 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Steelcase was an amazing place to work. The intern program was very thoroughly organized, gave each and every intern the opportunity to network with all sorts of new individuals, and create a social and productive atmosphere among the intern class. It was always easy to ask for help from everyone, set up coffee chats to learn more about an individual of a different discipline, be challenged with meaningful work, and gain mentorship. I recommend this intern program to everyone that is able.

What I wish was different

Due to coming off of a virtual school year with covid and my in-person internship still up for debate on whether it will be transitioned to virtual for the summer, this is a minor gripe but I wish the interns were set up quicker with their technology to hit the ground running on day 1, rather than waiting in some cases 2-3 weeks before you could start working on your projects.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and network with different departments. You are encouraged by everyone you meet to go outside your organization and explore the different aspects of Steelcase from marketing, to product development, and more. There is so much to learn, and so many ways to do it. So make sure you take the extra step, and don't be afraid to be curious.
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Quality Intern

May - August 2020 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Everyone is very friendly, willing to help out others (including interns) and it is a great place to broaden your skillset and get to know others.

What I wish was different

Fully in person experience, COVID made it so I had to work most of my days remotely. If it was any other year I would have had a lot more chances to interact with coworkers.

Advice

Network with as many people as you can, those on your team, other interns or entry level individuals, and leadership. The internship program helps with this but try to reach out on your own to network with more people in fields or positions you are interested in.
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Advanced Analytic Intern

May - August 2020 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The team I worked with was very helpful, and happy to talk to me about anything, from work to more career related topics.

What I wish was different

I was understandably remote, as no one was in the office, but the Steelcase office is really cool, so it would have been nice to be in person.

Advice

Don't be afraid to reach out to people and network within the company! Everyone there loved talking interns.
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Innovation Management Office Intern

May 2019 - December 2020 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Steelcase is an amazing company to work for! They use cutting-edge technologies and human-centered design. I liked my mentorships and projects

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had a bit more time in the executive series

Advice

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interior design intern

January - June 2020 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I loved the workplace itself. It felt very comfortable and incredibly diverse!

What I wish was different

That COVID hadn't happened.

Advice

Remember that it's a big corporate office, no one has their spot assured. Show off your skills!
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Application Engineer Intern

May 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The training was top notch, I always had someone to help me when I had questions and they put on a lot of events for the interns like getting the tour of the private hangar and jet.

What I wish was different

I didn't know who was going to be my boss or what team I was on until the day I arrived. More information could've been given at the beginning of the internship to ease some of the first day anxieties.

Advice

Always ask for help if you need it! People are very supportive and very friendly here.
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Communications Intern

May - December 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Lots of opportunities, highly enriching intern program

What I wish was different

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Product Marketing Intern

May 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Wonderful culture and people. Tons of resources for interns to be educated. Really flexible with my student schedule, had no problems getting time off when I needed it. They truly care.

What I wish was different

Nothing I can think of.

Advice

Be proactive in meeting with people from multiple different departments. People are willing to help you and teach you things, you just have to ask.
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Project Management Intern

December 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I have loved working at a company that cares so much about their employees and their customers. They use innovative work spaces to help meet every employees needs. Everyone is willing to help and wants you to learn the most you can out of your internship experience.

What I wish was different

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Product Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Amazing perks and office space, interns have unprecedented access to whatever they need as far as supplies, new technologies, and communication with other employees.

What I wish was different

I just didn't have quite enough work to get done.

Advice

Do it! It was the best internship experience I have ever had. However, getting a return offer is rare.
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Tax intern

November 2018 - December 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

The freedom to make mistakes while slowly learning concepts of which many were challenging. A flexible schedule, a deeply knowledgeable tax team, and a supervisor that was patient and understanding while still challenging me to grow.

What I wish was different

Some training in software such as SAP and EPM.

Advice

Don't be afraid to take a leap and apply for internships. It's going to be uncomfortable because you might not know hardly anything at first but if you stick with it, you'll be amazed by your growth and progress in the end.
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Summer help

May - August 2019 • Kentwood, MI

What I liked

How much I got paid and consistent hours

What I wish was different

Found a internship sooner

Advice

Make sure to apply early
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IT Intern

May - August 2017 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I loved the inventive culture of Steelcase. I was constantly challenged to look at the bigger picture and invent to help others.

What I wish was different

I wish I had taken more time to learn and develop a deeper understanding of the things I worked on.

Advice

When possible, eat lunch with somebody new and learn from them. The most valuable part of a summer internship is not only the experience but the connections you make.
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Summer Help

May - August 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I liked making more the minimum wage and doing hard work then what I normally am used to

What I wish was different

I got the raise like everyone else did at the plant

Advice

Be ready for early mornings and bs because this is not an easy job and anything can happen
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Material Handler

June 2017 • Kentwood, MI

What I liked

The pay.

What I wish was different

The John description.

Advice

Participating in work and school is not an easy feat.
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Audio Technician Intern

May - August 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Hands on experience, working with peers.

What I wish was different

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IT Manufacturing and Distribution Intern

May - August 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I liked the city, culture, quality of other interns, IT-specific and whole intern cohort social events, opportunities to work in the IT Makerspace, opportunities to get involved at the manufacturing plants.

What I wish was different

Advice

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