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Seba Sahtout Internship

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Seba, an Automotive Technology major, interned at Mercedes Benz Lancaster over the summer.

Mercedes Benz Lancaster offers new and pre-owned Mercedes Benz models from the entire lineup.

How did you find out about your internship?

I learned about the internship opportunity from the job fair at the Transportation Center in February. I wasn’t originally planning on taking on a job over the summer, but the offer came to me and I couldn’t refuse a step into my future.

What does your day-to-day look like at the internship?

My day-to-day is different each day. Sometimes my mentor and I finish a job we didn’t complete the day before, and other days we start fresh with a new responsibility. At times we mainly focus on diagnosing cars. My mentor does his best to teach from a distance, but he also is there to help me as I need it.

What is something you were surprised to learn about in your time as an intern?

I noticed working in the field was different than I thought it would be, which surprised me. I also found it very interesting to see people from all walks of life working in the same field and enjoying what they do.

What’s been something challenging about your internship?

I am an automotive technician and occasionally it was challenging to keep up with the other, more experienced technicians.

What’s been the best thing about your internship experience?

The best thing about the experience has been all the people I work alongside. Having good people surround you all day and helping you really make working more enjoyable.

Tell a story about something that happened once as part of your internship.

We had an electric car come in, completely dead. So we had to push it into the shop with a jumper pack on it so we could disable the parking brake. My mentor was steering since it had no power steering. I was pushing the car with a car pusher – a brand-new car with only 400 miles on it. We were pushing it backward down a hill, and I’m pushing it quickly, and it went so fast that the car automatically slammed on the brakes. The car pusher went up onto the front of the car, scratching the grill, and it jammed into my stomach. The thing in my brain on repeat is to never scratch a car. And it happened to me about a month into the internship!  Everyone I worked with was concerned about me and assured me that a grill can be replaced but a person cannot. The replacement cost for the grill was several hundred dollars and the company covered the replacement cost. Now the scratched grill is hanging in the shop.

Would you recommend seeking out an internship to other students at Thaddeus Stevens College? Why or why not?

I would definitely recommend seeking an internship in your field as a first-year student. I feel like I have learned more in the past couple of months working directly in the industry than I had in labs – even though I learned a lot in my labs! I also think being in the field early helps your chances at a better or similar job after graduation.

How do you think this experience will help your future?

I think this experience will help me since I already put my foot forward into my career. My place of work knows who I am and how I work so that in the future if I would like to stay with the company I can, or if I don’t, they can help me by writing a good letter of recommendation for my next job.

 

Lorenzo Smith Internship

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Lorenzo, a Computer Software Engineering Technology major, interned at WebstaurantStore over the summer.

WebstaurantStore is the largest online restaurant supply store serving professionals and customers worldwide, shipping millions of orders of wholesale supplies including healthcare, educational, food, beverage, office, parts, hotel, shipping, and industrial supplies.

How did you find out about your internship as an opportunity?

I applied on LinkedIn to Clark Associates.

What does your day-to-day look like at the internship?

As a database developer, I am working through coding for data management needs, which can include testing and running queries, deploying formatting and function updates, modifying files to make improvements and cloning models.

What is something you were surprised to learn in your time as an intern?

Like many workplaces, there is a fair share of office banter as there is work; however, there's balance that you learn to master. Ultimately, it’s best to focus and spend your time wisely, efficiently, and most of all, love what you do.

What’s been something challenging about your internship?

Learning to sit back and listen, take notes, and pay attention. Bringing a notebook and pen has been helpful. As an individual, you don’t always have to jump to the front of the line or dive into swampy, unknown water – you can and should learn the basics first!

What’s been the best thing about your internship experience?

I feel like the best thing about my experience has been the team I’m on. Secondly, the company’s core moral principles, guidelines, and ethics. These make for a great experience.

Share a story about something that happened one day as part of your time as an intern:

One day midway through the internship we had to scrap an entire project, and I did not feel good about it. However, it taught me that beautiful things can come from such set back. I value that continuing to work hard is important but somethings you cannot manage that are out of your control.

Would you recommend seeking out an internship to other students at Thaddeus Stevens College?

The internship was fundamentally priceless in my learning and career growth not only as a professional but in interpersonal development. I’m thankful for the team at Clark Associates!

How do you think this experience will help you in the future?

This internship has been pivotal in helping to transform me into a professional, technically savvy business person I aspire to become. I can highly recommend WebstaurantStore and Clark Associates as businesses to consider working for.

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