October 2022

Intern of the monthName: Prem Mehta

Major and University: Virginia Tech & Aerospace Engineering

Internship Title: Engineering Intern @ Airgility 

Career Goal:  My internship with Airgility gave me a lot of major-specific experience and allowed me to really own the projects I was working on. This built a lot of self-reliant skills in my industry that I will be able to pull from later on in my career.About your internship and the organization: I interned for Airgility in College Park, MD Airgility is an early-stage unmanned aerial systems company uniquely combining the best characteristics of a helicopter, fixed wing aircraft, quadcopter, and the power of AI to create unmanned aerial systems. I worked as an aerospace engineering intern working on UAS and CUAS drones, doing design work in CAD and part testing using a variety of of manufacturing methods.

1. What is the culture like at your internship site? (big, small? Can you wear jeans? Is it fast paced?)

Airgility is a small but mighty company, that works in an agile environment both physically and in performance, so the dress code isn’t as strict so that we’re able to freely move and test whenever needed.

2. Who are the clients that you work with?

Airgility works with a large variety of clients and partners from industries like agriculture to building maintenance. This means the end user varies from product to product which kept work face paced and interesting.

3. Are you working on any exciting projects that you want to share? Have you learned any exciting new skills that were unexpected?

Near the end of my internship, I was working on a tilt roter-controlled bi-copter, creating wiring harnesses and doing its main assembly, which really opened my eyes to all the different control and propulsion possibilities that were out there.

4. How did you prepare for the interview? Can you share any tips for your fellow students?

Preparing for an interview can be done in two overarching ways, the first being reflecting on yourself and your experiences that got you to this point because recruiters ask about this a lot, and the second to take time to learn about the position you’re applying for and be knowledgeable about the company so you can pull from that in the interview.

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

I learned about the company from the CEO Pramod Raheja who, upon hearing about my major, encouraged me to apply.

6. Please share any other tips or advice. 

Strong mentorship that isn’t forced upon you but, to be used as a resource during your time with a company.