If you attended the Pizza My Mind event this past Thursday on November 7th, you learned about the Newport News Shipbuilding company and their internship and co-op programs. NNS is the largest distributor of nuclear crafts and submarines on the east coast. Every year students from schools all over the country apply for their summer internship program. I got to talk to three of CNU’s own students, who were accepted into the program last summer, about their experience.
Senior, Sammi Gough, and Juniors, Cara Villareal and Chantal Thomas, interned at NNS for their 2013 summer. Sammi worked on the Windows Administration team with physical and virtual servers while Cara worked in the apprentice school with a lot of different departments and specializations within the company. When asked what the work experience was like, they assured me that the transition period was very short due the atmosphere of welcome given by their co-workers. There were opportunities to shadow employees and to tour the facility. Both girls even got to climb to the top of the crane that overlooks the whole facility!
While their experience with NNS was a challenging one it was also very rewarding. Cara said it was a great opportunity to work on people skills, and she enjoyed interacting with fellow interns. Sammi, who had originally learned about the NNS internship program from a Pizza My Mind event the previous year, was offered a job as a systems engineer.
Overall, both girls highly recommended the internship to any prospective applicants as a great way to get some real working experience under your belt. And there are a lot of things to do as an intern, Sammi told me, including night classes, intern mixers, and events that help you learn about the company. You have the ability to stay as busy (or not) as you want.
So, to those considering applying for the internship program at Newport News Shipbuilding here is some advice!
Cara: “Give the application your ‘all’. Don’t go in halfway. Employers will be able to tell who is personally invested in the internship and who is not.”
Sammi: “Get the application done early! The company is fast-paced and very competitive!”