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 deeper look at what it’s like to be a Business Transformation & Information Technology (BT & IT) intern from someone who has experienced it firsthand.
Name: Charles Collins
Current Title: Data Loss Prevention Analyst
Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer network and system administration (CNSA) from Michigan Technological University
Past Internship Experience: Interned at the Ford Motor Company before 3M
Location of Internship: Woodbury, MN
I had heard great things about the company from friends and wanted to work for a company that is constantly striving to make the world a better place. I wanted to work in IT because it supports the entire company.
I found out about the internships by speaking to 3M recruiters at a career fair held at Michigan Tech.
I spoke to a representative at the career fair and gave my resume to them. After the career fair I was offered an in-person interview. Then I went to a second interview, which determined which role I would be in for the summer.
My main project was a revamp of the SharePoint site, and process that is used for installing and uninstalling new software on all 3M machines. The other project was a team project with five other interns, creating a PowerBI dashboard that displayed metrics for how different customer-facing 3M sites were performing in measurements of latency and response time.
The BT & IT intern team does an amazing job of connecting all BT & IT interns together with various activities throughout the summer. They also enable interns to meet a wide breadth of management throughout the company and help find the right full-time job post-internship.
My advice for students that are interested in working within the BT & IT program would be to understand what you are looking for and communicate that to employers. Prove yourself by getting involved in leadership opportunities and show your willingness to learn and passion about your field of interest.
The most memorable part of my internship happened outside of work, connecting and bonding with 10 other interns. We rented an AirBnB in the Boundary Waters and drove up for the weekend to see the beautiful northern part of Minnesota.