Reflections On My Plant Engineering Summer Internship At United Parcel Service

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Reflections on my Plant Engineering Summer Internship at United Parcel Service
Introduction
My Plant Engineering (PE) internship experience at United Parcel Service (UPS) allowed me to utilize all that I have learned at Florida Polytechnic University and apply it to real-world work experience. Thus expanding upon my previous knowledge while simultaneously allowing me to grow in new ways that cannot be taught in the classroom. Interning at UPS has helped highlight my fortes and flaws as not only an engineering student, but also as a young adult entering the professional world. Through firsthand daily coaching and mentoring from senior engineers, I discovered that communication is the key to being successful as an individual and as a team. Encouraging social cognizance provides a necessary balance within a company.
Getting the Job An INROADS alumni told me about an organization called INROADS and encouraged me to go online and apply for their paid summer internship program. INROADS is a non-profit company that focuses on “developing and placing talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepares them for corporate and community leadership (INROADS, 2011).” The organization is currently expanding their STEM program. So, my Florida Polytechnic education along with their internship program was a great match. The program is highly selective with a rigorous application process. Of more than 11,000 applicants just over 1,000 earn internships…

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