Across the Globe: Engineering Students Experience Unique Internships and Co-Op’s
June 21, 2012
From the cold of Alaska to the culture of Belgium, College of Engineering students are participating in a variety of internships not only across the country, but all over the world! According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), new college graduates who participated in internships did better in the job market than their classmates who did not have the experience. NACE’s 2012 study showed that 42.3 percent of graduates who gained internship experience in college and applied for jobs after graduation received at least one job offer. Conversely, only 30.7 percent of seniors without internship experience who applied for a job received an offer.
Kenneth (Ken) Boothby
Major and year: Petroleum Engineering Senior
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Internship: Engineering Intern for Anadarko Petroleum Gulf of Mexico Business Services Unit
What he’s doing: In the office, he works on the details of Gulf of Mexico Drilling and Completions business data and on projects that ultimately seek to improve the efficiencies of our Deep Water assets. In the field, he flies to remote locations in the Gulf by helicopter, and spends days on drilling rigs and production platforms learning and observing operations that ultimately affect the interpretation of his data in the office.
His favorite part: “Every day I most look forward to working with the people on my team. I feel like I have quickly become an integral part of their daily operations, and the reality that other professionals rely on you to get your work done and to present it in a clear fashion is a very rewarding experience.”
What he’s learned: He’s learned about the responsibility of working with a team and about being relied on by others to achieve a goal. It has taught him that the key to being a good engineer is not only the ability to solve complex problems, but also to be able to format raw data and interpret it so you can truly understand the problem.
Major and year: Mechanical Engineering Senior
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Co-Op: Major projects and construction group for Marathon Petroleum Company in Robinson, Illinois
What he’s doing: Working on projects that influence multiple areas of the refining process. Each day, he goes to meetings to discuss the progress of various projects and going into the refinery to regulate construction on these projects.
His favorite part: Learning the different aspects of a refining engineer’s job. Marathon allows their Co-Ops and Interns to work directly with full-time employees in their department and to work on real projects that will be constructed in the refinery.
What he’s learned: Aside from learning about various parts of the refining process, he’s also strengthened his values of teamwork, leadership and prioritizing projects and has gained a network of connections that will benefit him later in his career as an engineer.
Living in Illinois: “It’s a lot different than Baton Rouge, to say the least.” It’s a small town with only one highway running through the center and on June 1, it was 54 degrees and he could see his breath.
Major and year: Electrical Engineering Senior
Hometown: Friendswood, Texas
Internship: USA Intern for NASA in Clearlake, Texas
What he’s doing: Working with the Extra-Vehicular Activity department where he is responsible for scheduling and creating procedures for space walks. He is also creating learning videos about how to check for leaks in space suits.
His favorite part: Working with groups of people on projects and learning about NASA. “I have always wanted to learn more about the space program and now I’m actually getting hands-on experience.”
What he’s learned: “I have learned to work with people for the better of the group.” Cox says his experience has assured him that he’s chosen the right career path.
Elizabeth “Libby” Ingram
Major and year: Petroleum Engineering and Geology Senior
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Internship: Completions Summer Engineer for ConocoPhillips in Anchorage, Alaska
What she’s doing: Helping develop a pathway between the oil-bearing formation and the well for a reservoir on the North Slope of Alaska. Her work in Alaska is particularly interesting because the geology is much more complex than in other areas of the country.
Her favorite part: “Networking is my favorite part of the internship!” She has learned from some of the most experienced people in the [ConocoPhillips] office and has also had the opportunity to work with students from all over the country studying engineering. “Not only have I gained fast friends as we worked and socialized together, but I have enjoyed keeping up with these friends as they began their professional careers all over the country.”
What she’s learned: “I have learned the importance of professionalism, especially when working in teams and trying to accomplish common goals with people. I’ve also gained a strong technical foundation that has helped me immensely in my classes.”
Living in Anchorage: “Not only is there beautiful scenery to enjoy, but I get to soak it all in for 16 hours of the day!” In Alaska, summer nights get increasingly shorter until the solstice in mid-summer. “Even though I have been here less than a month, I have fallen in love with Anchorage!”
Major and year: Biological Engineering Sophomore
Hometown: Denham Springs, Louisiana
Internship: Interuniversity Microelectronics Center in Leuven, Belgium
What he’s doing: Landry is developing biocompatible coatings for neural probes, which involves coating design, materials characterization and in vitro and in vivo testing.
His favorite part: The experimental portion. “I love getting to work with new equipment and learn new techniques that I can apply to my research at LSU and my career as an engineer.”
Life in Belgium: “The food is great, the people are friendly and it is a tremendous learning experience to be surrounded by all the history and culture of Europe.”
Article written by Elise Bernard, communications intern. For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 578-0092.