Internship Success - Hira Arif

Recently, Network Kinection had the opportunity to work with Palomar College student, Hira Arif. After being placed, Hira had the opportunity to write about her internship experience with Solatube:

"In high school, I really enjoyed being technically savvy with computers – once, I tinkered with graphic design software, and created a website for a local library. My partner and I entered it into a competition, and we won first place! When it came time to pick my college major, I looked for a something where I could advance my computer skills and incorporate business skills. The answer was going into Management Information Systems (MIS).

I first heard about Solatube International’s Commercial Marketing internship through Palomar College’s Career Center. The position involved working with the Marketing Department to develop their online presence. I also got to work closely with the Vice President of Commercial Sales.  I learned so much about marketing as well as the production of a manufacturing company. Along with my marketing projects, I was given an opportunity to: research leads for the Sales Department, work on a science paper for the Research Department, participate in a behind-the-scenes product photo shoot, and plan and execute an event for their suppliers.

This knowledge will greatly benefit me once I obtain my MIS degree and look for a management position. My internship gave me a great stepping stone to my ultimate career goal. My goal is to become a vital part of a company where I can share ideas, work on campaigns and projects, and become a team leader."

For more information, visit https://networkkinection.com/.


over 1 year ago

Internship Success - Braden Giali

The Orange County Bridge |2| Engineering Program is a cohort-based learning community at Saddleback College, Santa Ana College, Cal State Fullerton & UC Irvine that focuses on increasing the participation of unrepresented minorities, women, and veterans in the field of engineering. The program will help participants explore careers in engineering and place them on an academic pathway to become engineers. Recently, Saddleback B2E student, Braden Giali, had the opportunity to write about his internship experience with Swift Engineering:

"Choosing a career path was unfathomably difficult [for me].  While my passion for tinkering, designing, fixing, and building led me towards a STEM profession, I was not quite ready to embark onto such an academically rigorous degree.

In the spring of 2015, I was given the opportunity to intern at Swift Engineering. As a composite technician intern, I was taught the fundamentals of composites. Each and every day was something new, as I experienced every part of the process from start to finish.

When the opportunity of interning at Swift became available once again [in June of 2016], I was very eager to return. Although the company and the staff were familiar, my internship involvement was vastly different. I had a profound experience working with a small team of diverse engineers to turn an idea into a functioning machine. To be a part of [this process] as an intern brought many challenges, but it helped me grow as an engineering student in many ways.

These internships helped me gain confidence, and receive guidance and comradery necessary for me to take the first steps toward a career in Engineering. Not only did I learn a trade, I also started to develop the invaluable skill of resolving problems from an engineering point of view; a skill I will take with me as I continue to better myself and further my education. I am very grateful for all that the Bridge 2 Engineering program provided me, as the experience is absolutely crucial for being successful in such a difficult yet promising field."

For more information, visit https://networkkinection.com/.

Program made possible by funding from the Department of Labor and the City of Santa Ana.  This program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


almost 2 years ago

Internship Success - Roberto Perez-Mendoza

The Orange County Bridge |2| Engineering Program is a cohort-based learning community at Saddleback College, Santa Ana College, Cal State Fullerton & UC Irvine that focuses on increasing the participation of unrepresented minorities, women, and veterans in the field of engineering. The program will help participants explore careers in engineering and place them on an academic pathway to become engineers. Recently, Cal State Fullerton B2E student, Roberto Perez-Mendoza, had the opportunity to write about his internship experience with ViewSonic:

"Ever since I was 13 years-old, I wanted to learn how to manipulate computers so I am a double major in Computer Science and Child & Adolescent Development. The reason I’m double majoring is because I have passion for both industries, and believe I can apply these two majors at once in my career considering I currently work as an elementary school Computer Instructor Specialist. My job is to teach Kindergarten - 6th grade students basic computer skills and introduce them to computer programming. My ultimate goal is to obtain a Master's degree as a Software Engineer. 

                                             

The first week of my summer internship, I started comparing and writing annotations for ViewBoard, ViewBoard 2.0 and ViewBoard 2.1 software. I also searched for and reported any bugs from within the software, as well as provided some ideas to include in the future; they took into consideration all the ideas I gave them. My job was also to confirm if ViewBoard 2.1 was compatible with Google Drive. As the internship progressed, I started testing more software such as Solstice and DisplayItX. The software had multiple bugs that had to be reported to the engineers in Taiwan, so I produced the documentation needed for the reports to my supervisor, Romell.

My internship concluded with writing customer "quick start" manuals for the CDE7060T and CDE8451-TL displays. One of the staff reviewed them, and really liked the way I created the guides. I also installed 17 licences for the Solstice pod. 

I feel like I learned a lot throughout these 10 weeks of my summer internship at ViewSonic. I realized that being a software engineer requires a lot of teamwork to troubleshoot any problem with the software as well as to share ideas to make the software more sophisticated."

For more information, visit https://networkkinection.com/.

Program made possible by funding from the Department of Labor and the City of Santa Ana.  This program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


about 2 years ago

Internship Success – Nestor Loza

The Orange County Bridge |2| Engineering Program is a cohort-based learning community at Saddleback College, Santa Ana College, Cal State Fullerton & UC Irvine that focuses on increasing the participation of unrepresented minorities, women, and veterans in the field of engineering. The program will help participants explore careers in engineering and place them on an academic pathway to become engineers. Recently, UC Irvine B2E student, Nestor Loza had the opportunity to write about his internship experience with HDR Engineering Inc., in Irvine, CA.

I was born and raised in Southern California. I attended Norwalk High School, which is where I developed the aspiration to become an engineer after excelling in my math and science courses. I remember reaching the conclusion that I would apply to UC Irvine as an environmental engineering major after learning in class about climate change, green technologies, renewable energy, and diminishing natural resources. Ultimately, I wanted to challenge myself to complete a challenging engineering education in order to obtain the skills needed to make a difference in my community, namely, through engineering.

Now in the summer prior to the last year of my environmental engineering education at UC Irvine, I am finally learning what it is like to be an actual engineer through the help of Bridge to Engineering. With the help of the Bridge to Engineering program I was able to get an internship at the Irvine office of HDR Engineering, Inc., where I continuously learn about how the actual engineering world works.

Nestor Loza

Throughout my summer internship, I have had the opportunity to assist HDR engineers, who have provided me with a great learning environment, with their work in the areas of industrial wastewater, stormwater runoff, and water supply and distribution. I have learned more about how different programs that I use in school, such as Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD, are used for actual engineering work. I am also looking forward to possibly getting involved with an HDR project researching potential green stormwater infrastructure for the city of Anaheim.

Now halfway through my summer internship, I am looking forward to learning more during my remaining time at HDR. I will be able to use what I have learned this summer to tackle my remaining academic challenges with a different perspective and greater confidence. Ultimately, this experience should prove to be invaluable in my effort to become a successful professional.”

For more information, visit http://www.ocbridge2engineering.com/.

Program made possible by funding from the Department of Labor and the City of Santa Ana.  This program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


about 3 years ago

Internship Success – Priscilla Guerrero

The Orange County Bridge |2| Engineering Program is a cohort-based learning community at Saddleback College, Santa Ana College, Cal State Fullerton & UC Irvine that focuses on increasing the participation of unrepresented minorities, women, and veterans in the field of engineering. The program will help participants explore careers in engineering and place them on an academic pathway to become engineers. Recently, Santa Ana College B2E student, Priscilla Guerrero had the opportunity to write about her internship experience with ViewSonic.

Growing up in an environmentally conscious household we always implemented new ideas to conserve resources and energy. Being a California native, where more than 98% of the state is in drought and 44% is in exceptional drought, we had to come up with ways to conserve water. One way we did this was by creating a mechanism that reused water from our washing machine to water the garden while also using an all-natural, chemical free, homemade detergent. We learned by doing and being environmentally conscious, I grew a passion towards environmental engineering.

I cannot stress enough how important experience is towards any career and the Bridge 2 Engineering program has bridged the gap between education and experience. Before this program I hardly had any experience towards my career, now my resume is overloaded with fundamental skills and experience. All while also networking and making important relationships with other aspiring engineers in this cohort-based program.

Currently I am interning at ViewSonic Corporation; a globally recognized leader in visual display technology. I work with quality engineer Tommy Jue and service operation/technical support manager Jeff Famatid who mentor me on how to think like an engineer. While working for ViewSonic I measure and document the conformance of products to internal & vendor specifications, analyze failure of products, assist in the preparation of Evaluation Reports for content and accuracy, learn to identify and classify material and provide feedback to improve item master descriptions.

For more information, visit http://www.ocbridge2engineering.com/.

Program made possible by funding from the Department of Labor and the City of Santa Ana.  This program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


about 3 years ago

Internship Success – Andrew Ricker

The Orange County Bridge |2| Engineering Program is a cohort-based learning community at Saddleback College, Santa Ana College, Cal State Fullerton & UC Irvine that focuses on increasing the participation of unrepresented minorities, women, and veterans in the field of engineering. The program will help participants explore careers in engineering and place them on an academic pathway to become engineers. Recently, Saddleback College B2E student, Andrew Ricker had the opportunity to write about the multiple internship opportunities he’s experienced through the program at NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratorySwift Engineering & Freedom Innovations.

We all have our paths in life. Originally, the military was my path but when I got out I needed to find a new one. Due to the GI Bill, school was a great option for me but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do. After going to Saddleback College for a semester I learned about the Bridge to engineering (B2E) program. I have always been intrigued with how things work and enjoy being creative so I decided to give it a shot.

Since I joined I have been first in line for the classes I need and received free tutoring from tutors who are specifically assigned to help those of us in B2E. Also, with the help of B2E I’ve been launched into the world of engineering, gaining experience only few ever have the opportunity to receive. The program has a great system that places students in reputable internships. Their reach is so deep that my first internship was at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a NASA facility. During my 10 week internship at JPL I was responsible for designing various parts for a robot whose purpose is to land on asteroids to collect samples and data. Never have I thought I would be designing parts that would end up in outer space my first year in college! Surprisingly, it did not stop there.

Andrew Ricker
Andrew Wicker a Network Kinection internship success

I was given another internship opportunity at a business called Swift Engineering, an aerospace company. This place was up my ally because they have a history in auto racing and work on advanced military/civilian aircraft. I specifically worked on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) currently in use. I did not do much designing while I was there though I did make a significant impact in the efficiency of producing this product. Designing a product is one thing, manufacturing it is quite another and very important to know when designing a product. Currently, I am working a third internship with a company called Freedom Innovations, located in Irvine, California. This company designs prosthetics with both advanced materials and smart technology. They are the way of the future with fully automated legs that move just like a real limb! Here I have been assisting in a project with design, building and testing which utilizes a conglomeration of the experiences learned in my previous internships.

For more information, visit ocbridge2engineering.com

Program made possible by funding from the Department of Labor and the City of Santa Ana.  This program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


over 3 years ago

Internship Success – Willis Berrios

The Orange County Bridge |2| Engineering Program is a cohort-based learning community at Saddleback College, Santa Ana College, Cal State Fullerton & UC Irvine that focuses on increasing the participation of unrepresented minorities, women, and veterans in the field of engineering. The program will help participants explore careers in engineering and place them on an academic pathway to become engineers. Recently, Saddleback College B2E student, Willis Berrios had the opportunity to write about his internship experience with ViewSonic.

“During my time at ViewSonic, I have had the fortunate experience of being mentored by Gene Ornstead, a passionate senior marketing director. He has allowed me to take initiative and work on a number of projects. He started me out by having me figure out one of the media players for digital signage.

Before I knew it, I was demonstrating a digital signage solution to a reseller and an entertainment company. As another test, he had me figure out a digital white board, prepare a 25 minute demonstration for it, and create a training manual for the sales team. During each project, I tested the software for inconsistencies and design flaws and reported my findings to him, the product vendors, and the business unit for correction. Working on these projects, I collaborated with the channel marketing team, marketing communication department, the sales team, engineers, product vendors, product resellers, and clients.

This experience has allowed me to put into perspective the next phase after a product is designed and the way the product can be improved even after it is shipped. I appreciate Katlin Choi, with Orange County Bridge 2 Engineering, Vincent Chou and Gene Ornstead at ViewSonic, Lucy Flores and Dora Holguin at the Santa Ana Work Center, and Erick Briggs with Network Kinection for this eye opening experience.”

For more information, visit http://www.ocbridge2engineering.com/.

Program made possible by funding from the Department of Labor and the City of Santa Ana.  This program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.



over 3 years ago

Internship Success – Harry Lang

The Orange County Bridge |2| Engineering Program is a cohort-based learning community at Saddleback College, Santa Ana College, Cal State Fullerton & UC Irvine that focuses on increasing the participation of unrepresented minorities, women, and veterans in the field of engineering. The program will help participants explore careers in engineering and place them on an academic pathway to become engineers. Recently, Saddleback College B2E student, Harry Lang had the opportunity to write about his internship experience with Swift Engineering in San Clemente, CA.

I have worked for a few different organizations throughout my life, and one important thing that I have learned from those experiences is that regardless of how much money you are making, if you do not enjoy what you are doing, you will never be happy. In my pursuit of finding a career I feel I could be happy with, I became interested in mechanical engineering. I like the idea of solving complex problems, and the limitless applications that mechanical engineering provides.

With very little experience in mechanical engineering, the Bridge 2 Engineering program has given me an opportunity to acquire valuable hands on experience, and most importantly, help me decide whether this is the right engineering discipline for me to get involved in before transferring to a four year college.

Through one of the many field trips organized by Bridge 2 Engineering, I became interested in the aerospace company, Swift Engineering and recently started interning there. This internship has exposed me to a great company, and opened me up to an industry in which I have no previous experience. The staff and co-workers have been great with a vast range of experience from the earlier race car days of the company, to the collective experience from all over the aerospace industry from Northrop Grumman to Space X.

 In my time as an intern, I have worked on updating manufacturing aids for composite technicians which has given me valuable knowledge of the language of the aerospace industry, and exposure to interpreting technical documents crucial to the success of producing a high quality product. I have also been involved in the testing of composite materials, and processing the results from those tests to provide information for future production. 

Overall, this internship has been an extremely valuable experience and I am thankful for the support from Bridge 2 Engineering for making this possible.”

For more information, visit http://www.ocbridge2engineering.com/.

Program made possible by funding from the Department of Labor and the City of Santa Ana.  This program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.



over 3 years ago

Internship Success – Alex Santos

The Orange County Bridge |2| Engineering Program is a cohort-based learning community at Saddleback College, Santa Ana College, Cal State Fullerton & UC Irvine that focuses on increasing the participation of unrepresented minorities, women, and veterans in the field of engineering. The program will help participants explore careers in engineering and place them on an academic pathway to become engineers. Recently, Santa Ana College B2E student, Alex Santos had the opportunity to write about his internship experiences with Sandvik Coromant andDMG MORI.

“When in college you ask yourself, ‘What do I want to do? Where do I start? How do I know that all the time I want to devote in this specific field is right for me?’ I had these questions bouncing around in my noggin practically every day. I returned to school with the intention of learning how to machine. Through Santa Ana College I enrolled in the Bridge 2 Engineering program. Cheryl Cobbina and Erick Briggs offered me the help that I needed with school counseling to get on track and how to do well in an interview. The only experience I had was 6 years in the food industry and felt like I would not be able to even get my foot in the door! Erick and Cheryl helped me perfect my portfolio and resume, they reassured me that I would do fine. I walked into the doors of Sandvik Coromant and walked out with a position as the intern!

At Sandvik Coromant, Xuan Tran and Grant Hughson were my mentors. Every member at Sandvik Coromant treated me like an actual worker. They were patient with me and taught me everything I wanted to know about the tools, machines and different job positions in the field of Manufacturing Engineering. I would attend training events where I would not only receive certifications but also get to interact with Engineers, Distributors and experienced machinist all happy to talk about their jobs. My internship ended but I left with a strong set of basic shop knowledge and a good sense of the career I want to follow.

The Bridge 2 Engineering program has been and still is a very big part of my career and without their staff I know things would have been more difficult than they should have to be. If I can say anything to the people that are in my position is do a little bit more research of the school you want to attend. Look into their programs and try to participate as much as you can and don’t let an opportunity pass you by!”

For more information, ocbridge2engineering.com

Program made possible by funding from the Department of Labor and the City of Santa Ana.  This program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and service are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


over 3 years ago