Seba, an 汽车技术 major, interned at 奔驰兰开斯特 over the summer.
奔驰兰开斯特 offers new and pre-owned Mercedes Benz models from the entire lineup.
I learned about the internship opportunity from the job fair at the Transportation Center in February. I wasn’t originally planning on taking on a job over the summer, but the offer came to me and I couldn’t refuse a step into my future.
我的日常生活每天都不一样. Sometimes my mentor and I finish a job we didn’t complete the day before, 而另一些日子，我们带着新的责任重新开始. 有时我们主要关注的是诊断汽车. My mentor does his best to teach from a distance, but he also is there to help me as I need it.
What is something you were surprised to learn about in your time as an intern?
I noticed working in the field was different than I thought it would be, which surprised me. I also found it very interesting to see people from all walks of life working in the same field and enjoying what they do.
I am an automotive technician and occasionally it was challenging to keep up with the other, 更有经验的技术人员.
What’s been the best thing about your internship experience?
The best thing about the experience has been all the people I work alongside. Having good people surround you all day and helping you really make working more enjoyable.
Tell a story about something that happened once as part of your internship.
我们有一辆电动汽车，完全没电了. So we had to push it into the shop with a jumper pack on it so we could disable the parking brake. 我的导师是方向盘，因为它没有动力转向. I was pushing the car with a car pusher – a brand-new car with only 400 miles on it. 我们把它向后推下山, 我在快速推进, and it went so fast that the car automatically slammed on the brakes. 汽车推手走到汽车前面, 刮烤架, 它塞进了我的胃里. 我脑子里不断重复的是永远不要刮伤一辆车. 这发生在我实习一个月的时候! Everyone I worked with was concerned about me and assured me that a grill can be replaced but a person cannot. The replacement cost for the grill was several hundred dollars and the company covered the replacement cost. 现在有划痕的烤架挂在店里.
Would you recommend seeking out an internship to other students at 塞迪斯史蒂文斯学院? 为什么或为什么不?
I would definitely recommend seeking an internship in your field as a first-year student. I feel like I have learned more in the past couple of months working directly in the industry than I had in labs – even though I learned a lot in my labs! I also think being in the field early helps your chances at a better or similar job after graduation.
I think this experience will help me since I already put my foot forward into my career. My place of work knows who I am and how I work so that in the future if I would like to stay with the company I can, 或者我不知道, they can help me by writing a good letter of recommendation for my next job.