Victor Wiss, who goes by (Gordon), is a sophomore majoring in computer engineering. Gordon did an internship with the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia where he worked on advanced radar technologies. He started working with NSWC in May of 2016. Prior to starting his internship, he had to go through background checks, clearance and drug tests, and any foreign relationships he had were contacted as part of his clearance. He plans to continue this internship during the winter and spring breaks. Department of Defense Pathways Internship Program comes with a deal that they pay for half of his tuition and in return he will be working for them for three years after graduation.
How did you find out about this opportunity?
“I took a field trip with the PCSE department last fall to the marine core base in Quantico and it was advertised there. As well there was a job posting on the USA jobs.”
What did you take away from this opportunity?
“I learned that there is much more to industry than what I have been taught in school. There is always something new to learn and discover. I also learned how to deal with naval administration military structure laboratory.”
What did you work on/work schedule?
“I worked 40 hours a week, Monday-Friday 9-5. My project included working on researching applications for software defined radio technology, which will be included in future naval radar systems. I learned that what I am doing actually have an impact and will be used.”
Can you give any tips for those who are interested in internships?
“I would suggest to get involved on campus and in our department. There are research opportunities as well as competitions within the department. I also advise to grow your technical capabilities. Do not be afraid to apply for internships because you feel like you do not have the skills. They do not expect you to know much, they want someone who is able and willing to learn quickly.”