Meet the Interns

Meet the Interns

So you’re about to graduate college and you’re looking for a job, but no one will hire you unless you have experience. Sound familiar? This is just one of the many reasons why someone would look to acquire an internship, and who wouldn’t when the benefits are endless!  Today, interns do much more than their stereotypical relatives did years ago. It’s no longer just about making copies, pushing papers, or taking the 2:00 coffee order. Interning today is about gaining real life work experience, not only to make your resume stronger, but also to grow and discover yourself as a professional in the workforce. Here at Sulzer US, we recognize the importance of hiring interns, whether they’re already in the workforce, they want some experience abroad, or they’re about to graduate college!

Currently, Sulzer US has three summer  interns who work full time, including a Java Developer, a Mobile/ Front End Developer, and HR!

Our most recent intern is Mobile/ Front End Developer, Saif, who has been at Sulzer US for about three weeks now! Saif is currently working on the Build Your Own Motorcycle site on our website, for which he fixes bugs, develops and implements small features, and tests.

See the team’s work here: http://www.sulzer-us.com/solutions/bmw-motorrad-usa-build-your-own/ 

Why did you want to apply here?

Well, as a Software Engineer, I was looking for a place where I’d be able to apply and hone my skills. And Sulzer was looking for someone that fit my profile in terms of background and skill set.

This is my first experience working at a real tech firm. At my last job, I was the only developer – I built and maintained an iOS app distributed to attendees of an annual event. It had an event schedule, maps of the venue, bios of various speakers, and you could chat with other attendees.

But it’s also pretty nice to work at a company that makes its bread and butter developing software. Working on a team with other developers and support staff is nice, because you can build projects with a wider reach and of larger scale, the company usually adopts the best practices in terms of things like code quality, version control, testing, and automation, and it’s nice having other developers around, to learn from, take advice, or ask questions when Google and Stack Overflow have failed you.

I’ve already had the chance to dive into three or four different projects so far, each built on a different tech stack. And some of the projects I’ve worked on here seem more technically advanced and challenging than anything I’ve built on my own in the past. So I’m excited to learn from each of these projects and make my own contributions.

What is your favorite part about working here?

I really like the work environment. The office atmosphere is very laid-back, the dress code relaxed, and the people are very friendly and fun to be around and work with. I also love that we have an office lunch ordered every Friday, and people love to organize activities outside of work, such as hiking, soccer, and barbecues. Finally, it’s hard to beat a 25-minute commute in your own car.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I play a lot of video games. I like to hang out with friends in the area. I like anything involving food or drinks, whether that means making them myself or going out. Recently, I’ve been taking advantage of the summer weather, so I’ve been either hiking, playing soccer, or at the beach the past few weekends.

What’s the best advice you’ve gotten in your time here so far?

“It’s better to take your time, learn, and do something the right way than to just throw things together and hope it works.”

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment, I’m just trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible, experience things, and challenge myself. But one day in the future, I think I’d like to start my own business of some sort.

 

Mark is our Java Developer Intern who has been here for almost 1 month! Currently he is working on a project that handles accessory data for our Build Your Own configuration, doing front-end VDML bug fixes and developing the back and front-end for the Driving Academy web application.

Why did you want to apply here?

I applied because I was interested in expanding my skills and putting them to use towards something I could see as a direct impact.

What is your favorite part about working here?

My favorite part about working here is how many opportunities I have to learn something new and useful!

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I like to bike, go to the gym, hang out with my friends, and of course practice and improve my programming skills on my own.

What’s the best advice you’ve gotten in your time here so far?

“If you want something done right, do it yourself.”

What are your plans for the future?

I’m going to college this summer at Ithaca, and hopefully one day I can start my own company.

 

Our HR intern is Rachael, who has been at Sulzer for almost 2 months! She has taken over recruiting and also maintains company marketing content, including the LinkedIn page. Check us out here: https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/3855573/

Why did you want to apply here?

As a rising senior in college, I wanted to gain some real work experience before heading out into the “real world”, and when I came across the internship opportunity at Sulzer, I thought it was exactly what I was looking for.  I didn’t know exactly which area of HR I wanted to get into, and Sulzer was offering an HR Generalist Internship which was perfect. I wanted to gain experience that will make me well rounded in HR, and to also help me discover an area that I liked best.

What is your favorite part about working here?

I love the culture here. The flexibility allows me to be independent and take on my own responsibilities, while still having my mentor within reach when I need her. In an environment like this, I always have something to work on and my days are never the same! It has also allowed me to form my internship away from the Generalist role and into a more specific recruiting/marketing role, which is exactly what I had hoped to get out of the internship!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love any activity that gets me outside! Hiking, fishing, snowboarding, hanging by the lake. I also enjoy working out, and at Rutgers University where I’m currently studying, I teach a workout class called BODYPUMP.

What’s the best advice you’ve gotten in your time here so far?

I feel like everyday I’m given amazing advice, especially by my mentor Lauren. But I think the best advice that has stuck with me throughout this internship so far is “Treat everyone fair, not equal”, which I have discovered to be even more important within a career in HR.

What are your plans for the future?

My short term goals include graduating with two amazing degrees from Rutgers in May of 2018, and from there I’m hoping to land an HR Generalist career where I can sharpen and build upon the skills I learned in this internship, as well as my classes.

 

IT Support Engineer, Lukas transferred from Sulzer GmbH in Munich and encourages the “try and decide” work experience that an internship brings. Like an internship, transferring to Sulzer US has brought on new possibilities, experiences, and growth, as well as learning more about our culture and amazing people!

Given the tight labor market, our interns bring tremendous value and they are not only seen as extra help, but equal counterparts to our full time employees. We look forward to expanding our intern program with hands on experience and providing them with an environment to learn!

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