Need a book? Engineering books recommendations...
Internships for summer?[Subject Prev][Subject Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
- To: "SEAOC List Service" <seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org>
- Subject: Internships for summer?
- From: "Drew A. Norman, S.E." <dnormanse(--nospam--at)email.msn.com>
- Date: Sat, 9 May 1998 13:39:09 -0700
In re Jane's posting. My firm has just hired an intern for this summer and doesn't need another. I would however encourage other list subscribers with small offices to consider internships. I've had at least one student around pretty much continuously for four years. I think it's a win/win. The student gains valuable real world experience. You get inexpensive help around the office. If you're busy, you can use someone to run to the printer, send that fax, make this copy and (in between) learn about how to do engineering. Sure the latter will take some of your time, but the former will save some. Consider your alternatives. If you go with a non-technical clerical assistant you won't get the benefit of the intern's eagerness or the satisfaction of contributing to the growth of a young professional. If you hire a recent graduate or other person who has completed academic training but not been out in the real world you know that even (especially?) the phD will be essentially useless fresh out of school, and may want $50K while your intern will happily work for just over minimum wage in order to find out what engineers really do. If you choose the experienced staff engineer (or Cal Poly grad) you might immediately up your personal productivity (the intern or average graduate eager to learn may lower it), but most of us have ways we want to see things done in our offices, and fighting to get old dogs to learn new tricks is no fun. An intern can be your do it yourself project. If you're lucky and do the necessary work, then maybe one out of five or ten times you will end up with someone who can come into your practice when they graduate, someone you know you can get along with who understands the way you like things done and is ready to produce the first day you have to start paying them a real staff engineer's salary rather than a year later. It happened for me. Drew
- Prev by Subject: Internships for summer?
- Next by Subject: Re: Internships for summer?
- Previous by thread: Internships for summer?
- Next by thread: Re: Internships for summer?