Engaged Learning

This past summer, I had the wonderful opportunity of working for Navistar International Corporation as an Integrated Product Development Intern in the Noise, Vibrations, and Harshness (NVH) department. Working for such a big global company provided me with professional skills that I know will help me in the future. During the course of this internship, I was required to communicate with many people from different places. In order for my projects to be successful, I had to ask many questions and do much research. At the end, I was able to present some of the projects that I worked on while at Navistar. Just like most classroom presentations, this presentation was nerve wrecking. But unlike most classroom presentations, the people in front of me were potential employers and that put even more pressure on me.

After this experience, I really saw the value of engaged learning. I learned a lot more from actually being at the workplace than being at school, and that is because I learned how to apply everything I’ve learned in the classroom to the real world and make good use of my knowledge. I believe that internships, or any other real-world experience, are critical in order to obtain career success.

Internships help students learn how the corporate world operates and how to behave in such settings. I also believe that by interning, a student can start to network with professionals who might later help them in their career. I really liked the fact that as interns, we are able to not only network with professionals, but with each other as well. Getting to know people from other parts of the country through an internship allows us to expand our network. I am looking forward to see what this upcoming summer has in store for me, as I plan to make it even more productive than my last one.