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My TE Internship

Want to know what it's really like to intern at TE Connectivity? Read first-hand accounts of internship experiences from our most recent class.

I decided to join TE because of their belief in the core values and their understanding of the importance of innovation. TE has the capability to continue WINNING for a long time to come.
Alex Cramer,
Business Development/Strategy Intern

My Journey

Alex Cramer

Business Development/Strategy Intern

Hello, my name is Alex Cramer. I am currently a student at Penn State University, majoring in finance. I will be graduating in the fall of 2017. This summer I am interning at TE Connectivity in a business development/strategy role for the ICT business unit. When I am not occupied with work or school, I enjoy golf, basketball, football, fishing, and music. In addition to those activities, a huge stress reliever of mine is to experiment with cooking (buffalo chicken dip being my all-time favorite).

I first heard about TE from my financial management class. We had the assignment of performing an acquisition for the company. After doing further research, I thought to myself how have I never heard about a company this size and immediately considered potential opportunities. I decided to join TE because of their belief in the core values and their understanding of the importance of innovation. TE has the capability to continue WINNING for a long time to come. 

I chose TE because of the people. All throughout my interview process I noticed a tremendous excitement and passion for the company. It was infectious and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.
Lisa Thein,
Finance Intern

My Journey

Lisa Thein

Finance Intern

I’m a rising senior at Penn State pursuing a degree in Finance and as passionate as I am about Penn State football, I am even more passionate about traveling and helping others. I spent last summer studying in Florence and exploring Italy and its surrounding countries in my free time. I hope to continue exploring new cities and countries throughout my life. Penn State also gave me two incredible opportunities to fulfil my other passion, helping others, with Mission Mexico and THON.  Mission Mexico is an organization which participates in yearlong fundraising for our spring break trip to Casa Hogar de Los Niños orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. I currently serve as president and am looking forward to one last year of working hard to improve the orphanage, as well as tons of laughing and playing with the kids. THON, a philanthropy that helps raise money to support children and families affected by pediatric cancer as well as funding research for a cure, has been an incredibly rewarding and heartwarming experience. This past February I danced in our 46 hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon in support of my organization’s two amazing families. It was an incredible experience and although painful (I only just recently regained feeling in my toes) it was nothing compared to the pain the kids endure through their treatments and I was glad to have had the chance to dance for them.

I chose TE because of the people. All throughout my interview process I noticed a tremendous excitement and passion for the company. It was infectious and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. My desire to learn about TE only grew with each new item I learned about the company and I became fascinated by all the different products TE makes and the way they are driving the future. Another reason I chose TE is because of its global presence. Traveling is one of my passions so working for a company that has its hand in so many places around the world is really exciting, especially if there are opportunities to visit other countries to see how TE operates in a different place. This summer I’m excited to get to learn about the Financial Shared Services Center (FSSC) and hopefully get exposed to many different aspects of what FSSC, Regional Compliance, Customer Accounting, and more do. I’m excited to be a part of a company that has its hands in so many products that we use daily and can’t wait to see how the summer goes!

Not only have I learned a lot, but I've discovered my strengths and interests, all through a fun experience.
Matthew Burns,
Quality Control Intern

My Journey

Matthew Burns

Quality Control Intern

My name is Matthew Burns and I'm currently a senior studying mechanical engineering at Ohio State University. In addition to engineering, I am also heavily involved in the Ohio State community. Within in the mechanical engineering department, I work part time as a teaching assistant for a Mechanics of Materials class. I also hold multiple leadership positions in my fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and just recently became president of the Ohio State chapter of ASME.  Beyond college, I look forward to starting my engineering career, applying my problem-solving knowledge toward manufacturing & product design.

I interviewed for the Quality Control Intern position back in April of this year. It became apparent that TE is a company that values its employees. The internship and rotation program appealed to my interests, since I knew that I would leave with a vastly greater skillset than I had started with. 

As I am finishing up my internship at TE, I am pleased to have developed well in the fields of quality and manufacturing. My buddy, mentor, and manager have all kept me involved in vital quality projects. Not only have I learned a lot, but I've discovered my strengths and interests, all through a fun experience.

I am thrilled to see so many innovative projects on materials development being conducted at TE, and I am excited to make a contribution to creating a better-connected world.
Tianyu Yuan,
Materials Scientist Intern

My Journey

Tianyu Yuan

Materials Scientist Intern

My name is Tianyu Yuan. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Material Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. My research focuses on the processing and application of conducting polymers and supramolecular materials. These organic functional materials possess intriguing properties and can be used in a broad range of applications. For example, in one of my research projects, we developed a new series of thermochromic materials that can switch color in response to temperature changes. By modifying their composition, the color change property can be modulated. Such smart materials can be applied as temperature indicators, heat-sensitive security printing, and many other novel designs.

I first heard about TE from a former student of my university, who is now a research scientist at Boeing. He recommended TE to me for its highest product quality and its leading position in materials technology. After browsing TE’s website, I found TE’s vision of building a smarter future with novel materials to be aligned with my research and career interests, so I applied for the material scientist intern at TE. Although I have only been in TE for a month, I am thrilled to see so many innovative projects on materials development being conducted at TE, and I am excited to make a contribution to creating a better-connected world.  

My Reflection

As a materials scientist intern in Corporate Technology, I work very closely with other business units at TE and provide technology solutions. When I entered the Materials Development Group, I was quickly given a variety of responsibilities on two main projects in their beginning stages. My manager and mentor are incredible coaches who not only gave me great freedom and trust but also offered valuable guidance. Working on these projects turned out to be a great learning experience for me about effective communicating with people in the different functions and understanding their needs, proposing cost-effective solutions, solving various problems to achieve the goal, and so much more!

The part I love the most about the internship is the culture at TE. People at TE are approachable and friendly in every way. I could not be more thankful for the numerous help they offered when I was working on my project. A large amount of activities were also organized for employees and specifically for interns, during which I had the chance to have lunch and hear career advice from our Vice President of Technology, network with other professionals at TE, and explore the beautiful scenery in the Bay area. In the meantime, like many of my colleagues, I attended SEMICON West 2017, a semiconductor feast where I was exposed to many novel technologies. TE treats interns as full-timers, with the added perks of many intern events, such as Lunch & Learn, volunteer days, and bowling night. An internship at TE is an entire package of great opportunities, and I highly encourage you to apply!

I believe a company that stands firm on its values will always be a successful one with a great work culture.
Greg Shirk,
Digital Engineering & Manufacturing Operations Intern

My Journey

Gregory Shirk

Digital Engineering & Manufacturing Operations Intern

Hello, my name is Greg Shirk and this summer I am interning at TE Connectivity in Global Corporate working on Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Operations. I am currently a Senior studying mechanical engineering at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. When I am not busy with school work, I occupy my time with running, lifting, basketball, drumming, and graphic design. I function best when my schedule is full, so I try and keep it that way!

I chose to intern at TE Connectivity in part due to the opportunities that this had to offer. I wanted to work with a global company in hopes to see how the business side of engineering functioned on an international level. Upon first impressions, TE Connectivity, specifically global corporate, was the perfect place for this. Along with the opportunities the company presented, the values with which those opportunities are founded were just as important to me. The core values of integrity, teamwork, accountability, and innovation were all factors that led to me wanting to work at TE. I believe a company that stands firm on its values will always be a successful one with a great work culture. Up until this point in my life, all I have known is education. Garnering experience in real engineering will be invaluable to me moving forward with my career. I am excited for the challenges that this position will introduce along with my personal growth that will come from working through these barriers.

 

I look forward to improving my problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills while working with a brilliant team!
Nitisha Vishwanath,
Product Management Intern

Starting My Journey

Nitisha Vishwanath

Product Management Intern

Post my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, I worked in the chemical industry as a project engineer before realizing the need to formalize my business skills. I am currently pursuing the Master of Engineering Management program at Duke University, North Carolina. The program is aimed at preparing engineers for leadership positions. One of the best things about Duke is the opportunity and time it provides to explore your interests! I participate in a lot of literary activities, organize professional development events, sing terribly at karaoke and do what I love doing most- reading!

The product management internship at TE was a perfect platform opportunity to get first- hand experience of how the business works while keeping the engineer in me alive! TE is known to give real-time projects to interns, treating them no differently from full-time employees. I am very excited about working on projects that translate into quantifiable business for the company and getting full exposure to all aspects of product management- from conception of ideas to the process of executing them. I look forward to improving my problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills while working with the brilliant team!

All-in-all, TE is a great company to work for, and the experiences I gained with them will follow me throughout my career!
Alex Scarmuzzi,
Sustaining Engineer Intern

My Journey

Alex Scarmuzzi

Sustaining Engineer Intern

My name is Alex, and I will be returning to Ohio State for my 4th year in mechanical engineering. This summer I was able to work with an incredible group of individuals in the Tullahoma, Tennessee manufacturing site for the ICT business unit. As a Sustaining Engineer intern placed in a manufacturing facility, I was exposed to both product development and manufacturing engineering. This was incredibly unique, as I saw first-hand how the products that I was modifying, or introducing, were made.

One thing that I liked about working for TE was that the projects I pursued as an intern were very relevant and beneficial to the company. Throughout my time in Tennessee, I re-designed eight product lines to introduce ergonomic snap features for some of ICT’s connectors, while reducing tooling costs during part production. I was also involved in a project that explored metallic plating reduction for pins, potentially saving the company $200K annually.

This summer, I not only learned a lot about product engineering, but I learned about TE as a company. TE is HUGE and powerful. However, the people I worked with every day and the constant interaction with upper management made the company seem much smaller. Each person was incredibly friendly and willing to help me succeed. On top of that, everyone I met was focused on constant improvement in all aspects of the job; which in-turn created much excitement. All-in-all, TE is a great company to work for, and the experiences I gained with them will follow me throughout my career!

I feel at home working at TE Connectivity, and I'm looking forward to coming back with bigger and better ideas!"
Alison Okeke,
Product Management Intern

My Journey

Alison Okeke

Product Management Intern

When I recieved my offer letter for a Product Management intern position with the appliances business at TE Connectivity, I was initially very nervous because this was my first internship. But as they say, "experience is the best teacher," so I anticipated on my new journey to come. I didn’t know what to expect, but I had expectations and goals for myself that I knew I wanted to achieve. As soon as I arrived at TE, I could already see myself achieving those goals.

Due to TE’s enormous success in foreign markets, I knew that working here would give me everything that I was looking for.
Collin Thomas,
Customer Care Intern

My Journey

Collin Thomas

Customer Care Intern

I’m originally from Dillsburg, PA, where I lived my whole life and was educated at Northern York County High School. In August of 2013, I moved to Lakeland, FL, to attend Southeastern University. At Southeastern, I studied International Business and graduated in April of 2017 with a 4.0 cumulative GPA. Additionally, I’m one of only 14 athletes who joined the school’s first ever football team and are still a part of the team today. In August, I will be going back to SEU to pursue my MBA and finish my last season of football, during which I will proudly serve as a team captain.

As an International Business major, I was looking to intern with an organization that would provide me with opportunities to see business executed on a global level. Due to TE’s enormous success in foreign markets, I knew that working here would give me everything that I was looking for. As an intern, I’m excited to network with the current full-time employees, and to assume some of the same responsibilities that they are given, while at the same time managing my own independent project. 

I am fortunate for every opportunity TE has offered me already, and can’t imagine my first professional experience with any other company.
Rachel Ridenour,
Product Management Intern

My Journey

Rachel Ridenour

Product Management Intern

My name is Rachel Ridenour, and I am currently a junior at West Virginia University studying Industrial and Management Systems Engineering.  One of my many passions is running, which developed my desire to study engineering after conducting video analysis on hurdling form using sensors.  After much research, I was introduced to TE Connectivity, who offered not only sensor solutions, but connectivity solutions for a variety of business units.  My interest in TE only grew from here.

Last fall, I attended the Society of Women Engineers Conference in Philadelphia, PA.  Over 300 companies attended the career fair held here, with specialties ranging from kitchen appliances to oil and natural gas and everything in between.  TE Connectivity was one of the sponsors of the luncheon, where Karen Leggio, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Automotive Americas, delivered an empowering overview of her journey as a woman and leader in the workforce.  I was not only introduced to the wide range of innovative projects the $12 billion company was involved with, such as the transparent car, but the leadership opportunities that were offered in such a welcoming environment.  This summer, I am looking forward to learning as much as I can about the products: how they’re manufactured, the ways in which they perform, and the solutions they can offer to the world. 

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
Ronak Modh,
Business Insights Analytics Intern

My Journey

Ronak Modh

Business Insights Analytics Intern

I moved to U.S. from Mumbai, India last year with a dream to make it big in the vast world of technology, where we continue to advance and develop innovative solutions. I am studying Masters in Information Management with a specialization in Data Science at Syracuse University and looking forward to gain internship experience in a fast, upscale environment at TE Connectivity. I've always been very passionate about data analytics, and therefore, my move into a Business Insight Analytics internship was a natural fit. Some of my interests outside of work include swimming, trekking and trying adventurous activities.

I chose TE to learn and contribute to the world's most innovative company, and my goal is to help make the world smarter, safer, greener & more connected. With a background in Data Analytics in Sales & Marketing, I am very excited to expland my knowledge with hands-on experience in the Sensors Global Sales Operations team.

I’m very excited about my project, Quick Changeover in Molding, and I’m excited to build relationships with new people and grow as a professional.
Kate Miller,
Product Management Intern

My Journey

Kate Miller

Product Management Intern

My name is Kate Miller and I am a PM Intern at TE Connectivity working in molding on a quick changeover project. I am currently a Senior studying Industrial and Systems engineering at Ohio State University. I love hiking, running, traveling and baking and fun fact – I’ve visited 24 national parks and have an identical twin sister. At school, I am a New Member Group leader for my sorority and Industrial & Systems Engineering Cohort Program Mentor. 

I interned for TE last summer in Product Management up in the Troy office after meeting representatives from TE at a career fair at school. I had an awesome experience with an interesting project, and I enjoyed everyone I worked with, so I decided to return this summer! I’m very excited about my project, Quick Changeover in Molding, and I’m excited to build relationships with new people and grow as a professional. 

Interning at TE Connectivity has been a rewarding experience due to the meaningful project assignments, cross-functional interaction, and professional networking opportunities.
Nick Hopwood,
Supply Chain Intern

My Journey

Nick Hopwood

Suppy Chain Intern

My name is Nick Hopwood and I am pursuing a Supply Chain Operations Management degree from York College of Pennsylvania. Outside of academics, I enjoy staying active by weight training, hiking and kayaking. I also enjoy heading to the ballpark to watch some baseball with friends and family. Lastly, reading about the latest health and fitness trends is also something I do in my free time. 

This summer I am working as a Supply Chain Intern with Indirect Procurement. During the summer of 2016, I worked as an intern with Americas Logistics. I chose to return to TE for a second internship due to the valuable experience I had by working on significant and meaningful projects with Logistics. TE’s welcoming culture also influenced my decision to return for a second summer. Interning with Procurement allows me to gain more knowledge of how the different functions of a Supply Chain work together. I am most excited about engaging with my team to learn more about supplier selection for TE’s commodities and continuous improvement efforts in Procurement.

You can reach out to anyone, no matter which business segment or country they are in, and they are always excited to share their knowledge and experiences.
Sarah-Jane Lynn,
Product Management Intern

My Journey

Sarah-Jane Lynn

Product Management Intern

I am a rising junior at Columbia University studying Biomedical Engineering. I am originally from Paris, but have enjoyed living in both France and the U.S. Last semester, I attended the Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI in Madrid, and became the first woman in BME at Columbia to study abroad. Outside the classroom I give tours to prospective undergraduates, organize engineering outreach events for girls from underfunded local schools with the Society of Women Engineers, and tutor international students. I spend my time off-campus attending World Leader Forums, seeing free shows, hiking, and trekking across NYC to cookie-tasting open houses. My goal is to combine the powers of engineering, medicine and international cooperation, to help create a more connected, healthier world.  

I was drawn to TE for two reasons. The first is the broad range of industries in which the company is involved. From aerospace and automotive to medical, TE has a hand in major markets across the world. It is always seeking to revolutionize existing markets and integrate new ones. The second is its people. From the first recruiter I met at the Society of Women Engineers National Conference to the new connections I am making here each day, everyone has been tremendously helpful and supportive. You can reach out to anyone, no matter which business segment or country they are in, and they are always excited to share their knowledge and experiences. At the end of my internship, I will have a tangible product I can proudly say I helped create. I will also leave with an enriched understanding of technological solutions and a lifelong network of support.

Reflection

Over the course of my internship, I have undertaken a variety of projects. From customer profiles, to cross-competitive research, to market analysis, I approached engineering from a business angle. In addition, I designed the packaging and content of our division’s new solutions portfolio. It will be used to present our top products and applications to potential customers around the world.

My team and the other interns I met over the summer truly made for a unique experience. Helping each other out around the office, going on a spontaneous tour of the SLA 3-D printing lab, attending an electric formula race, catching a Senators’ game after work – all culminated in an unforgettable summer.

...This opportunity seemed that it was 'made to order' for me. I am extremely excited to learn more about the sales role here at TE.
Jay Willson,
Sales Intern

My Journey

Jay Willson

Sales Intern

Hello, my name is Jay Willson and I am a summer sales intern within the Aerospace, Defense & Marine Division here at TE. I am currently a “red shirt” senior attending West Virginia University. I use the term “red shirt” because I was technically a senior last semester haha. I am pursuing a bachelor of science in chemical engineering, and a bachelor of arts in communication studies with an emphasis on organizational and strategic communication. I have one more semester to go for each degree. One of my favorite activities I enjoy doing in my free time is playing disc golf. There are also 14 courses within a 20-mile radius of downtown Harrisburg! I will have a great time getting to play at new courses throughout the summer. One thing I am very passionate about is undergraduate research in communication studies, as it is a relatively new field in social sciences. I was elected as a McConnell Chair Ambassador at WVU for the upcoming school year. This will give me the opportunity to develop a research project related to positive communication and present my results at a Central States Communication Conference! I am looking forward to the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research at my university. 

I chose to intern at TE because it lines up perfectly with my desired career path. I am pursuing the dual major because I aspire to lead a successful career in technical sales. The first person I met at my universities engineering career fair was Steve Zablotny, the Eastern Regional Sales Manager within AD&M. He explained that being an engineering company, TE desires that their sales staff have a technical background. After conducting more research about TE Connectivity, this opportunity seemed that it was “made to order” for me. I am extremely excited to learn more about the sales role here at TE, and how the sales staff interacts with various departments within the organization as well as TE’s external customers. I am also excited to be a part of the AD&M division because we get to work on very interesting and unique projects for military programs.

I chose an HR internship with TE because I wanted a well-rounded HR experience at a large company.
Holly Symosky,
Human Resources Intern

My Journey

Holly Symosky

Human Resources Intern

I earned my B.S. in Psychology from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and am currently obtaining my M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Radford University in Virginia. I am an alumna member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and active treasurer of Society for Human Resources Management at Radford University.  My professional interests include studying employee engagement, work-life balance and employee health & wellness. I enjoy spending my free time with friends & family and taking pictures of my dog. 

I chose an HR internship with TE because I wanted a well-rounded HR experience at a large company! During the interview process, I felt TE had a supportive program that would help me develop professionally. I am excited about working with talent and leadership development projects at TE and gaining experience in HR. 

I chose to intern at TE because of the pace and attitude of the company. TE is so focused on constant improvement and innovation, and that was something that really spoke to me.
Kayleigh Hartland,
Internal Audit Intern

My Journey

Kayleigh Hartland

Internal Audit Intern

I’m an incoming senior at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI studying Information Assurance/Cyber Defense.  I’m a fitness and hiking lover and I enjoy spending my free time working on my photography.  I enjoy being outdoors and experiencing the diverse landscapes that the U.S. has to offer.  When I’m in school, I enjoy keeping busy with clubs and organizations, currently being in charge of two clubs on my school’s campus. When in school, I also work as a police dispatcher for Northern Michigan University.

I chose to intern at TE because of the pace and attitude of the company.  TE is so focused on constant improvement and innovation, and that was something that really spoke to me.  Being able to work in a place where everyone that I interviewed with spoke to that attitude was really exciting to me.  I have been and am most excited about the learning and living experience I’ve been able to gain from working with TE.  I’ve been able to learn so much about IT auditing that I didn’t know before.  From learning about the process of auditing to learning about the logic behind what we ask and look for has been a learning experience like none other that I look forward to continuing.