• What It’s Like to Be an Engineering Intern at 3M

    • Keagan Blazer, Project Engineering 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 the projects Engineering interns get to work on from someone who has experienced it firsthand.

      Intern: Keagan Blazer

      Education: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biological systems engineering with an emphasis in machinery systems and a minor in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

      Current Internship Title and Location: Project Engineering Intern for the Health Care Business Group (HCBG) in the Medical Solutions Division (MSD) in Maplewood, MN

      Past Work Experience: Medical Engineering Research Lab Assistant at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Manufacturing Engineering Intern at the 3M Cumberland, Wisconsin plant and a Design Engineering Intern in the 3M Design and Engineering Solutions (D&ES) group

    • Why were you interested in interning for 3M and this program specifically?

      I grew up in a small town 20 minutes north of the Cumberland Plant and one of my friends who knew I was studying engineering mentioned that it would be a good place to work. I sent in an application and later accepted an interview where I was hired on to be a Manufacturing Engineering Intern. I became more interested in the design aspect of the machines and later did a few interviews which led to me accepting the position of Design Engineering Intern. After networking with other employees, someone suggested that I might enjoy Project Engineering, which led me to accepting the position that I currently hold. 

    • Describe the projects you are working on in your internship. Which is your favorite?

      I am currently working on 10 projects, all for different products supported by MSD. Projects range from replacing old equipment to doubling the production output of a process line to coming up with an entirely new quality management system for products. My favorite project is our Nypro project, which is seeking to find a better solution for monitoring the quality of 3M’s Ranger Fluid Warming System. 

    • What did you learn from these projects that you didn’t know before?

      All the factors that make the project possible like scheduling, budget, determining all the people needed on the team to get the job done, and all the different forms of communication that it takes to make a project successful. 

    • What do you think sets 3M engineering apart from other internships or work experience you have had?

      I have friends who are also studying engineering that have done internships with numerous other companies and one of the main differences I have noticed between all of them is the culture. At 3M, I’m working on real projects and performing in a position that models a fulltime employee as closely as it can in a period of just 12 weeks. Additionally, when I am added to a project, other team members have treated me as the project engineer and not as the “intern.” 

    • What has been the most memorable part of your internship?

      Our team is currently looking for an XY-gantry system that will meet all our needs on the Nypro project and I worked on reprogramming a custom-built XY tester at the 3M plant in Cumberland two years ago. I was able to contact my mentor from Cumberland and he invited me back to discuss the XY tester’s functions and capabilities. Seeing how past experiences and connections to people can help with unrelated future problems shows just how important diversity is to a team and how there is value in the different ideas, connections and experiences that each person brings to the table. 

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