• What It’s Like to Be a Business Transformation & Information Technology Intern at 3M

    • Charles Collins, Data Loss Prevention Analyst and former BT & IT Intern​

      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

    • Why were you interested in interning for 3M, and the BT & IT program specifically?

      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. 

    • How did you find out about BT & IT internships at 3M?

      I found out about the internships by speaking to 3M recruiters at a career fair held at Michigan Tech. 

    • What was the application/interview process like for this program?

      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. 

    • What types of projects did you work on in your internship?

      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. 

    • What do you think sets the BT & IT program at 3M apart from other programs?

      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. 

    • What advice do you have for those interested in this program?

      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. 

    • What was the most memorable part of your internship?

      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.

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