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Engineering Internships - Domestic and International

A Junior Electrical and Computer Engineering student, Jessica Par, spent the summer of 2013 with Koops Inc. She was the first female engineering intern they had ever had. She work with other engineering alumni from Calvin including, Matt Johnson, Jacob Viresema, Mark Bekkering and Jamison Vande Ree. To view Jessica's and other student's poster click here.

Engineering Internship Video



Interning at Airbus

Engineering student, Steven Brink, spends summer of 2010 in Germany on an internship with Airbus.

Brink said his Airbus experience is invaluable.

"It is impossible to understand how large companies operate while studying in the classroom,” he said. “But this summer I am learning how to interact with many languages and cultures every day at work, something that is a struggle and takes time to get used to because technical engineering terms are often hard to explain. I also am learning a lot about the airline industry and all its regulations. And I am learning subtle business aspects of multinational corporations.”

For Steven's full story.

Real-world Experience

We offer a very active internship program through which students are placed in engineering positions during the summer months. Placements are usually either in West Michigan or in the student’s hometown. The internship gives students an opportunity to experience what type of an engineer they want to be, actual job experience for their resume' and a job reference for future employment.

At the end of the summer, students create a poster to display at the Engineering Internship Poster Session held in the Engineering Building at Calvin. Read more about the poster session.

View some of the posters done by students from the summer of 2013.

Company Title

Co. Location

Student Name


Abonmarche, Confidence by Design South Bend, IN Kuyers, Brandon (JR) Civil
Airbus Bremen, Germany Houtman, Mike (SR) Mechanical
Automatrics, LLC   Amick, Jack (SR) Mechanical
Benteler Automatrics   Evenhouse, David (JR) Mechanical
Blood Cell Storage Inc Lafayette, IN Fiam, Jeffery (SR) Chemical
Burke E. Porter Grand Rapids, MI Wheeler, Emily (JR) Electrical
Camcraft Hanover Park, IL Sherwoood, John (JR) Mechanical
Carnegie Mellon   Fynan, Phillip (SR) Electrical
CH2M Denver, CO Feria, Michell (SR) Civil/Environmental
City of Kentwood Kentwood MI DeHaan, Mark (JR) Civil/Environmental
City of Wyoming Wyoming,  MI Altena, Kendra (SR) Civil/Environmental
Collins Engineers, In Milwaukee,  WI Tabler, Wendy (JR) Civil/Environmental
Consumers Energy Lansing, MI Tarantowski,Toby (SO) Mechanical
DeltaAfrick Engineering Limited Nigeria Ogunsanya, Toyin (JR) Chemical
Dematic Corporations Grand Rapids,  MI Hoff, Robert (SR) Electrical/Computer
DornerWorks Grand Rapids,  MI Zoodsma, Jared (SR) Electrical/Computer
Dynamic Solutions International Hanoi, Vietnam Short, Jesse (SR) Civil/Environmental
Exxon Mobil Albers, Hannah (JR) Chemical
GE Aviation Systems Roorda, Jake (SR) Electrical/Computer
GE Healthcare Englewood,  CO Bratt,Karl (SR) Mechanical
Gentex Zeeland,  MI Bouma, Andrew (SO) Mechanical
GMBae Holland, MI Newhof, Jordan (JR) Mechanical
H & H Resources  Houston,  TX Grimley, Lauren (SO) Civil/Environmental
Haworth Holland, MI Veltema, Jordan (SR) Mechanical
Herman Miller Zeeland,  MI Koetje, Seth (JR) Mechanical
Highlight Industries, Inc. Wyoming, MI Griffin, Dain (JR) Electrical/Computer
Innotec Group Zeeland,  MI Hiemstra, Nathan (SR) Mechanical
Innotech Corporation Zeeland,  MI DeRooy, Jake (JR) Mechanical
Johnson Controls, Inc. Holland, MI Brandsen, Drew (SR) Electrical
Johnson Controls, Inc. Holland, MI Herder, Kristen (SR) Electrical
Knape & Vogt Grand Rapids,  MI Memmelaar, Nick Mechanical
Koops, Inc. Holland, MI Par, Jessica (JR) Electrical
Lack's Enterprises, Inc. Grand Rapids,  MI Voss, Tom (SR) Chemical
Lakeshore Environmental, Inc Muskegon,  MI Callow, Caitlin (JR) Civil/Environmental
Liquefied Natural Gas Limited Nigeria Uisfoh, Nneka (SR) Chemical
MacDermid New Hudson, MI Brichford, Meredy (SR) Chemical
MasterFinish Lomasney, Matt (SR) Chemical
Midwest Energy Group Grand Rapids,  MI Timmer, Lucas (SR) Civil/Environmental
Plascore Zeeland, MI DeMeester, Ryan (JR) Mechanical
Progressive Surface Grand Rapids, MI VanDongen, Connor (JR) Mechanical
Royal Technologies Hudsonville, MI Kunz, Brad (JR) Electrical/Computer
SDO Summer Research with D. Wunder Calvin College Navarro, Jerome (SO) Civil/Environmental
SDO Summer Research with D. Wunder Calvin College Rocha, Jeremiah (SO) Chemical
SDO Summer Research with D. Wunder Calvin College Swierenga, Julie (SR) Civil/Environmental
SDO Summer research with Prof. Y. Kim Calvin College Myint, Okkar (JR) Electrical/Computer
SDO Summer Research with R. DeJong Calvin College DeYoung, Matthew (SR) Mechanical
SDO Summer Research with R. DeJong Calvin College Woltjer, Lukas (SR) Mechanical
SDO Summer Research with Y. Kim Calvin College Daniel, Aldo (SO) Electrical/Computer
SDO Summer Research with Y. Kim Calvin College Vu, Kevin (JR) Electrical/Computer
Seagate Technology Bloomington,  MN DeHaan, Taylor (JR) Electrical/Computer
Soils and Structures Engineering Smit, Joel (SR) Civil/Environmental
Steelcase Grand Rapids,  MI Crow, Jonathan (SR) Mechanical
Steelcase Grand Rapids. MI Phillippi, Claire (SR) Mechanical
STS Steel Upstate, NY Goodrich, Bethany (SR) Civil/Environmental
The Cardinal Group Hillsdale,  MI Ourensma, Nico (JR) Mechanical
TRIAD Engineering Anchorage, AK Mathews, Grant (SR) Civil/Environmental
Univ. of Iowa  - Research Kregel, Jack (JR) Mechanical
University fo Florida - Summer Research Gainesville,  FL Anderson, Patrick (JR) Mechanical
UOP  IPL -  Honeywell Gurgaon,  India Thelen, Melanie (SR) Chemical
URS Corporation Grand Rapids,  MI VanDam, Nick (JR) Electrical/Computer
Vertellus Specialties, Inc. Holland, MI Myton, Nate (SR) Mechanical

For previous years' internship posters click here.

In over nine years of placing Calvin students in internships in Europe, engineering professor Ned Nielsen has noticed an interesting thing: engineering internships often lead to language study. A significant number of the nearly 40 students he has placed in Switzerland, Germany, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands have studied the language of their host country upon their return to the United States.

"That is unheard of for engineering majors," Nielsen says. "Their whole outlook on life changes." The cultural enrichment that comes from an overseas internship is essential for engineers, Nielsen believes. Now, as never before, "in engineering, you have to design for the whole world," he says.

"I had an e-mail two weeks ago from a company with an opening for a mechanical engineer who spoke German and who had international experience. How many people fit those criteria?" Nielsen asks. "I knew three."

A summer abroad has proven to be a valuable component in the student’s education.

Check out the blog by Katrina Denny. She spent the summer of 2009 in Germany.

Here are just a few examples:

North America

Medtronic Physio-Control
Redmond, WA

Decc Company
Grand Rapids, MI

Johnson Controls
Holland, MI

Halla Climate Control Canada
Belleville, OT, Canada

SDI Consultants
Oak Brook, IL

Pharmacia Corporation
Kalamazoo, MI


Pfizer Global Research and Development
Freiburg, Germany

Goldschmidt AG (Division of Degussa)
Mannheim, Germany

Rockwell Automation
Aarau, Switzerland

Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Sulzer Repco B.V.

Requirements for Internship Credit

The internship must consist of engineering work at an appropriate level for a minimum of nine full-time consecutive weeks. Students must:

  1. Provide a written report of their activities under the signature of their supervisor to the Internship Coordinator, Prof. Ned Nielsen, and
  2. Make a formal presentation of the internship work done during the fall semester. This is typically done at the Internship Poster Session every October for returning sophomores and juniors. Seniors are asked to give oral presentations to first-year engineering students and students on an International Internship will give a department seminar. (Posters are to be created electronically using the Engineering Poster Policy and Guidelines.)



ENGR 185 Internship - Freshmen year Internship

ENGR 285 Internship - Sophomore year Internship

ENGR 385 Internship - Junior year Internship

ENGR 387 Internship- International Internship

Get Involved

Do you have the ability to place an intern with your company/employer? Please contact:

Professor Ned Nielsen
Engineering Internship Coordinator,