At 3M, we're all learning, discovering, exploring and innovating together. Our internship programs allow for students to join other 3Mers on their career journey. Here’s a more in-depth look at what it’s like to be an engineering intern from someone who has experienced it firsthand.
Intern: Grant Engeman
Education: Currently pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in coatings and polymeric materials from North Dakota State University
Internship Title and Location: Resident Project Engineering Intern in Maplewood, MN and Cottage Grove, MN
Past Intern Experiences: Engineering Design Intern at J&D Construction and Project Management Intern at Aspen Research Corporation
3M works with polymers, something that interested me. I also knew they were a bigger company, so they would have more opportunities and benefits. It seemed like a good job because it was similar to what I did the summer before and it was relatively close to home.
I was offered an interview at a career fair.
I have two small projects, one at the global headquarters in Maplewood, MN, and one at the Cottage Grove, MN plant. I am also assisting on a large project in another part of the country.
The most memorable part of my internship has been my relationship with my mentor. She is always patient with me and I share a cubicle with her, so we share plenty of funny stories. I’m working on a big project with her and she explains things in a down-to-earth way that’s easy to understand.
My biggest takeaway is how to think with a new approach to everything I’m doing. My mindset makes all the difference, whether I spot a potential area of improvement or ask the right questions in a design meeting. For the rest of my life I want to look at the bigger picture of what I am doing and how it relates to the other moving parts of the total system so that I can make the most compatible, efficient and user-friendly system possible.
Think innovatively, be yourself and practice coming up with new ways to solve old problems.