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
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.”
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.
|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:
Grand Rapids, MI
Halla Climate Control Canada
Belleville, OT, Canada
Oak Brook, IL
Pfizer Global Research and Development
Goldschmidt AG (Division of Degussa)
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:
- Provide a written report of their activities under the signature of their supervisor to the Internship Coordinator, Prof. Ned Nielsen, and
- 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