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Julia Derringer

Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

United States Department of Argiculture (USDA)

Location: Boise, Idaho

This summer I did vegetation monitoring in the sagebrush hills of southwestern Idaho. The agency I worked with is the USDA, specifically the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). I'm lived in Boise, ID and along with two other interns and a team of ARS staff we commuted about two hours outside of Boise and spend our days collecting data on the vegetation growing out there. What I took part of a 10-year study of the native plants of the area, and this is year 3. My main duties were taking down data on the various plants and setting up monitoring sites. We did this at three sites categorized by an increase in elevation from 4000 to 5000 to 7000 feet. Doing research this summer has really informed me on the types of research out there. What I did is agricultural-ecological research that will mainly be used by ranchers in the area. I've never thought of the science behind ranching before this summer. Additionally, I have learned that I don't want to go into ecological research like I thought I did before this summer. I thought I would really enjoy the field research I'm able to do out here, but I'm not! So now I can go forward with that knowledge and change my major and thoughts about my career. 

Jessica Hirsh

Major: Computer Science '19

Mott Family Network

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

I currently work as the Senior Intern for an internship program with the Mott Family Network. My program is focussed on bringing assistive technology to the patients at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and it is an interdisciplinary effort between University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education. The melding of the two schools and disciplines allows us to bring multiple perspectives and expertise to each project we face, especially as each of us have a strong background in our respective fields.

One of the best parts about this internship is that I can see the tangible benefits of my work via various projects inside and outside of the hospital system. Inside the hospital, we are partnered with Rehabilitation Engineering, and we work with the engineers to evaluate patients on their assistive technology needs. We also help facilitate physical/speech therapies by providing patients with technology for motivation and independence. Additionally, we work with the hospital’s Child Life department to provide immersive Virtual Reality experiences bedside with the patients. Outside of the hospital, we are developing an adaptive sports initiative, including adaptive kayaking, sailing, camping, and skiing, to provide patients the opportunities to experience activities that wouldn’t normally be able accessible to them.

Furthermore, I was able to develop my own projects to fit my major, Computer Science Engineering, and my interests in web and app development. I chose to partner with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and I created a new website for them to meet changing corporate standards and ADA compliancy requirements. I am also creating an app for the new families of the house, so the families can get more familiar with the Ann Arbor area and feel more at home in their new surroundings.

I’ve really enjoyed the autonomy that this internship has given me, as well as the leadership role of being the Senior Intern to five others. Prior to this experience, I wasn’t really sure which area of Computer Science I was most interested in, but now I have a much clearer understanding of the therapeutic application of technology. I am very excited to continue learning more about assistive technology at my internship throughout this summer and into the school year.

Madison Lynch

Major: Chemical Engineering '20

Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Location: Washington, DC

I currently work at SEPA as a summer intern. I found the internship on Indeed and applied because I am not quite sure what I want to do with engineering yet( i.e. research, marketing, business, engineering), so I decided to explore the research path. Through SEPA, I will be the co-author on a few papers that will be nationally published for utility companies to use and help them modify their business models to include more renewable energy techniques. I also am in charge of data analysis, so I sort through survey data from over 125 utility and find trends and areas that need work.

I am most excited to explore all the opportunities that this internship could lead me to. I attend many conferences and am able to network with renewable energy companies that I might want to work for in the future. Also, my team is volunteering 2 days this week to install solar panels on local homes, which I am really excited for!

My internship has taught me to take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way, even if that means moving by myself to DC! It has also shown me that I am way ahead of my age. My counterpart intern is a masters student! I am very proud of myself for finding this opportunity and making the most out of it.

Michelle Pawlow

Michelle Pawlow

Major: Environmental Engineering

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Location: Washington, D.C.

I heard about the internship at the EPA through a program I am a part of at the University of Michigan called the Public Service Internship Program (PSIP). As an environmental engineer, it has been my goal for a long time to work at the EPA. When I applied for the internship, I really did not expect to land an interview, let alone be accepted as a summer intern. I feel really fortunate to have the opportunity to work at the EPA this summer, and believe my experience at the University of Michigan and the techniques I learned from both PSIP and WISE helped my application stand out and allowed me to feel confident during my interview.

I currently work in the Office of a Air and Radiation (OAR), and specifically the Office of Air Policy and Program Support (OAPPS). I am still only in the first few weeks of my internship, but so far my main tasks have been to compile both open and closed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to analyze employee response time and productivity, as well as collate information regarding research priorities in the event of EPA budget cuts for the 2018 fiscal year (FY 18).

It's an interesting time to be working at the EPA with the recent change in administration. It is a really unique experience to notice first hand the differences between what the media broadcasts about the agency, public opinion, and the reactions of the people with whom I work.

I have learned to find the humor in everything. A laugh can make even the worst situations more bearable. Second, I have discovered that it never hurts to try new things and meet new people. In college, you are given opportunities every day that can greatly impact and shape the rest of your life. Through taking a new class, signing up for one more extracurricular activity, volunteering, traveling, or even just trying a new food you can discover something new about yourself and your interests. If the class is not enjoyable or the activity not of interest, at least you tried it out!

Jessica Goshorn

Jessica Goshorn

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Bosch Wiper Systems

Location: Plymouth, MI

For my first internship, I worked exclusively with a test engineer on projects including tear-down evaluations of high-mileage Bosch wiper linkages, benchmarking at vehicle dealerships, and on-site laboratory tests. During my second summer, I worked with both application and test engineers, and was introduced to the design engineering functions of the group. I worked on a CAD design study to present to a customer and a calculus-based spreadsheet to allow the application engineers to more easily optimize component dimensions, as well as testing projects similar to my first internship. 

Following graduation, I will be one of three Mechanical Engineering Professional Development Trainees (PDT) at Bosch. As a PDT, I will complete four 6-month rotations in various business sectors within Bosch, both in technical and non-technical roles. The program also includes an international rotation to experience the culture of Bosch abroad, as they are present in over 60 countries worldwide.