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I am doing a supply chain area internship right now. I am helping my company building the ERP system and also do some data analysis works. I am really curious that what did you guys do in your internships?Vedant AgrawalParticipant
Past summer, I had a process engineering internship at a food manufacturing company in Madison. I had the opportunity to work on several different projects including improving their pallet system in acidification room, initiating a change in material handling in the chemical room and creating a charts dashboard that shows different aspects of their quality data logs. Overall it was a great experience!Grace ZieglerParticipant
I had a co-op at Harley-Davidson and worked at their product development center in Milwaukee. It was more on the supply chain side of things, but it was developmental purchasing so I worked with a cross-functional team designing a MY20 motorcycle. I got to travel to suppliers and the different HD plants for SOP which was a really cool experience. My main responsibilities were managing about 15 different commodities for the bike, which meant working with different design engineers, suppliers, quality engineers, advanced manufacturing, and our supply base analysts. I also got to work on a fast- paced regulatory implementation project for bikes being imported to Indonesia. The co-op was not what I expected when I started but it was great and I learned a lot about working in a professional environment.Claire JohnsonParticipant
This past summer and now this coming summer I am working as a fire protection consultant. I get to design fire protection systems and work a lot with building and fire code. Definitely not what I thought I would be interested in but it has opened a different side of engineering for me!Katherine SchroeerParticipant
This past summer, I was an Industrial Engineer intern at UPS. My main role was to present process recommendations and improvements to management regarding their Preload Operation. The main problem that UPS faced was that their Preload Operation would incur major bottlenecks when their SurePost volume accumulated large quantities. I worked within a team to identify a solution on how to optimally containerize the packages before being sent to USPS, which eliminated any extra time added to the Preload. I also had the opportunity to create MOPs and optimize new routes for distribution centers in the district. It was a really cool experience to apply my IE knowledge to an area that I’ve never been exposed to before!Timothy HealyParticipant
Reply to Chenyi Zhao of #4641:
I did an internship at Kohler Co. as a Sales and Operations Planning Intern (Supply Chain team). I worked a lot on improving the efficiency of our deployment strategy out of our Stainless Steel manufacturing plant in Mexico. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about how to use SAP to develop a product deployment strategy!JoeyParticipant
Had a co-op at GE appliances. One was a management role in an assembly line where you were in charge of 100+ people every day and to ensure everything ran smoothly.JoeyParticipant
Had a separate co-op also at GE appliances where it was a parts distributions role. I worked on many different related projects such as time studies to determine viability of a new machine, formatting a site to schedule inbound deliveries and coordinating with the trucking companies, and analyzing raw returns data to find a pattern that could be translated into possible changes that could be made in the future.Finley MyersParticipant
My most recent work experience was a Quality Engineering Co-op at Sub-Zero and Wolf. I started the co-op working in current production fabrication. Most of my work in this area involved measuring faulty parts with a variety of metrology devices, and then conducting root cause analysis to determine the cause for faulty parts. Later in my co-op I moved on to working in new product development (NPD). While working in NPD I provided metrology support for a new automated assembly line. After measuring the assemblies produced by the line, I communicated the results to Manufacturing and Design Engineers, and performed piece part analysis to determine how the assemblies could better adhere to specifications.Casey MillerParticipant
All of my internships have been criminal-law related. I’ve worked at the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. At first glance, ISyE does not seem to be directly related to law, but I was surprised to see how much science, statistics, and computer science is used in criminal law. For example, I attended a hearing to discuss the legality of a new DNA software to be used in an upcoming murder trial. The software relied on using conditional probabilities and other statistical tools to determine whether the defendant was a match to the DNA sample. During the hearing, I was surprisingly able to follow along with all of the high-level explanations of the software while many in the courtroom were visibly confused over the concept of conditional probabilities. It was rewarding to know that my statistics coursework can be directly applied to my career path.Kristin SerwinParticipant
This past summer I interned for an alternative fuel company doing data analytics. Some of my monthly duties were analyzing how many gallons of fuel were being pumped at certain stations and at what flow rate. This allowed the company to decide if they needed to make accommodations at sites to increase the flow rate and ensure customer satisfaction. I also analyzed the times that drivers were fueling the most at stations to provide a recommendation for a new customer for a time of day that they could fuel the fastest.DeepakParticipant
I had the opportunity to work in two Internships, one in an automotive wheel manufacturing company where I was working in the Research & Development Laboratory studying the testing process of materials used to produce wheels and various failure testing methods. I also had the opportunity to perform a detailed study on the salt spray method for corrosion tests on wheels. The second one was at a Cutting Tools Manufacturing company where I worked for a shorter period and got to know the manufacturing process of various cutting tools like Twist drills, Broaches, Taps, Reamers, Cutters and prepared a Value stream Map for the process.Andrew HaenParticipant
I interned as a manufacturing engineer at Faith Technologies this past summer. They are an electrical contractor who preform prefab. I worked on process improvements such as purchasing better equipment or designing equipment. I also spent a lot of time working on floor plans for future facilities.Spencer NellisParticipant
I have worked as an automation intern at a local plastic injection molding company. It was a very fun and challenging internship, and it was cool to see how automation and programming fit in with Industrial Systems Engineering.Sydney SeimParticipant
I worked at a medical device manufacturing company as an IE intern. I worked closely with the production employees as well as the production managers to conduct time studies to help aid in the gathering of pertinent information for future line balancing and changes being made on the line. I also worked to collect, organize and assign continuous improvement ideas submitted among a myriad of other smaller projects throughout the summer.