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October 2018

Intern of the┬áMonth: Michael Gorham – UMBC ’19 Check out his internship @ Min Engineering

Career goal: After graduation, I would like to be a mechanical designer at a mechanical, electrical, plumbing firm; learn all I can about the field and gain skills and manage projects there; then eventually become part of the leadership team at that firm.

1.What is the culture like at your internship site?

Min Engineering is a smaller consulting firm. The size of the firm allows me to interact with and gain experience from the owner and seasoned project managers daily. We dress business casual since we meet with clients professionally. The pace tends to be deadline dependent. When we have plenty of time to work on a project, we can get into the gritty details of the building, but for shorter time horizons, we have to pick up the pace.

2. Who are your clients?

Min does mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection for a range of sectors including (but not limited to) residential, commercial, K-12, higher-ed (we are currently doing work at UMBC!), and state and federal government.

3. Are you working on any exciting projects?

I get to gather information on the structure and location of buildings, the people in them, and what the people will be doing. I use this to determine how much heating and cooling we need to provide them. I’ve done this for hundreds of rooms in apartment buildings and town-homes, and for military training facilities.

4. How did you prepare for the interview?

I researched on the company. What do they do there? How can I relate my experiences to the type of work I will be doing there? Check their website to see who are some people you might run into when you go to the interview. I sent in my resume and followed up the next day with a phone call. I went in excited about the opportunity! At the interview, they told me they liked my enthusiasm, and they took me on, in part, because of it. I was honest on my resume and in the interview. The internship was a perfect match for both me and Min Engineering.

5. How did you find your internship position? Did you use a career center for help with resume?

With a 5 month old and twins on the way, I needed to find a job this semester! I scoured the web for part-time internships, but found none to be a good match for my skills and career goals. I went to UMBCWorks and found the position in under one minute! Last year, the folks at the career center helped me touch up my resume and showed me different ways to look for internships. I highly recommend stopping by their office to any student who wants a job!

6. Anything fun or interesting about your organization that you want to share?

Nothing else on the firm, but I would like to highlight how important it is to match the student’s skills and goals with the firm’s. Had I interviewed somewhere and talked about how good I am with matlab (I’m not) and got the job based on that, I would be miserable if I had to use it or programs like it.