Why did you want to intern at JM?
I wanted to intern at JM because I wanted to gain useful engineering experience in a way that allowed me to utilize and develop my skills. The mutually beneficial nature of this internship is exactly what I was looking to be a part of for the summer. I wanted to intern for a company where I could make a positive impact and the company would make a positive impact on me.
What does a typical day look like?
Every single day is different. A typical day consists of reviewing yesterday’s accomplishments and laying out what I want to get accomplished for that day, attending the morning meeting with representatives from each department, communicating any questions I have to the team, working on my projects, and participating in other communication, safety, and strategy meetings throughout the day.
What was the most memorable part of your internship?
As cliché as it sounds, the most memorable part of my internship was forming the relationships I have with the Engineering and Maintenance team. I was treated as a real life engineer from day one, and I have learned so much from everyone that I have worked with this summer.
What was your favorite project or biggest accomplishment?
My favorite project has been the capital project that I have had the opportunity to manage. One of my interests in engineering is capital projects, so it worked out perfectly that I was expected to manage one this summer. I have done a large portion of background, planning, and writing of the project. A capital project can be a long process, and it has been neat to see all of the different elements of the project come together.
What is the biggest takeaway from your internship?
Communication is the key. I cannot stress enough how important it is to communicate with the team whether it be good updates or bad updates. Whenever I was stuck on something, I found that the quickest and most efficient way to get through it was to talk about it with the team. They would often have great ideas and solutions to whatever problem I had.
How would you describe JM’s culture?
The culture at JM can be summed up by one word, “welcoming.” I have felt welcomed here since I started. The engineering and maintenance team has included me in everything, and I have felt like I’ve made worthwhile contributions to what is going on at JM Spartanburg.
What advice do you have for future interns?
The biggest advice I can give to future interns is to “just do you.” You were chosen for your position over others for a reason. Come prepared to work every day with long term summer goals in mind. The only way a project will be completed is if you work on it little by little every day until you finish. Be patient, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes! The staff here is supportive and will set you up for success, so take advantage of the opportunity you have been given to create a “story” for your summer to tell to future employers.