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Northrop Grumman Corporation

Associate Software Engineer

May 2019 • Cincinnati, OH

What I liked

Flexible working hours, casual environment, and interesting problems

What I wish was different

Would have liked a paid lunch

Advice

Be proactive in networking and looking for unclassified work if you don’t have your clearance
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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Network as much as possible and take advantage of the intern events the company offers.
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Digital Technology/Software Intern

May - August 2019 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

Interning at Northrop Grumman was an incredible experience. The company had various networking events for interns where I was able to build a strong network of interns, NGC employees, and NGC executives. The work had real value and I got to see the ripple effect my work had on my team. The emphasis was on learning and lead engineers were always willing to lend advice or answer any project questions. Lastly, the emphasis on diversity and inclusion was incredible. I always felt like my voice was heard and considered in all meetings I attended.

What I wish was different

I personally wasn't able to get any lab work which is an experience I wish I had however, the project I was on was still in the preliminary design phase.

Advice

Speak up! A lot of interns don't think they have a voice however, what we are learning in school a lot of full time engineers did not as our industry is constantly growing. The engineers always value the different perspectives current students bring to solving real world problems.
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Hazard Analysis Intern

May - August 2020 • Promontory, UT

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Get to know as many people as possible, especially early in your degree. The more involved you are as a freshman and sophomore, the better off you'll be as a Junior. I didn't get hired until I has done my junior year, but I'd been talking to Northrop at every career fair until then, and participated in outreach so they knew me.
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Test Design Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

Great pay, housing compensation, great team, and work helped me gain a lot of experience.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more hands on work, but that's it!

Advice

I would highly recommend interning at BWI with Northrop because of the great program, and high number of interns at that branch.
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Electronics and Payloads Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Melbourne, FL

What I liked

The people, the atmosphere, and the work! Location was also pretty great!

What I wish was different

Processing time was a little slow- didn’t have much to do the first few weeks, but I was told this was out of the ordinary

Advice

Go for it! Be yourself, and embrace your differences. NG does a great job of promoting diversity in all areas!
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Global Supply Chain Intern

June - August 2019 • Redondo Beach, CA

What I liked

In my internship I was given a lot of freedom to learn about the things within my department that most interested me, and to work on projects that I felt were important. I liked having the independence to choose my own work and not always needing to check in with someone. I was able to learn a broad variety of skills because of the freedom I was given to work with everyone on the team at different points.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more opportunity to connect and work with other interns in my field. There was only one other intern in my department, and we chatted sometimes but our work was always different. The company hosted a lot of events for interns to mingle and connect, however I wanted to connect more at work rather than outside of work. While I loved the freedom of my role, it would have been valuable to work with other interns on an ongoing project or goal potentially.

Advice

Go into the experience with an open mind. No matter what role you are in for an internship, there is always so much to learn and explore. Everyone in the company is very friendly and most people have open-door policies. I gained so much just from emailing managers in other departments and having meetings with them to learn more about the company and where I best fit. So much room for growth and leadership.
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System Test Engineer

May 2019 • Melbourne, FL

What I liked

My manager and mentor are fantastic. Always willing to help and teach me new things. The company has a great work schedule with a lot of flexibility. Pay is great as well. You specific group may hold events outside of working hours as well which is nice. The intern leads and directors put on events for interns only, paid for by Northrop Grumman, and they were a lot of fun!

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

If you are looking at engineering as a career, NGC is a great place to be! One of the most highly respected military contractors in the world, and they do some amazing work with the amazing employees they have.
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Vehicle Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Melbourne, FL

What I liked

Northrop is great at making sure their interns are exposed to many different experiences. They want you on their team so they want to treat you well!

What I wish was different

I wish I had gotten to work with more interns outside of my program. I was mostly confined to my program's work only.

Advice

Make the most of what you have! Any internship is valuable experience and you'll learn a lot as long as you keep an open mind.
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Quality Assurance Engineer Intern

June - September 2019 • El Segundo, CA

What I liked

I was able to get a lot of great hands on experience to important projects and was exposed to a multitude of different softwares and was even able to become extremely proficient in excel and matlab

What I wish was different

The hours we're a little less than ideal, having to start at 5AM really put a damper on my summer. Also at some instances my manager and coworkers lack work to give me.

Advice

Work hard and be proactive and you will be rewarded because someone will notice even when you seem like no one will.
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Hardware Design Intern

June - August 2019 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

My manager and mentor both consistently checked with me to make sure I was enjoying my work and being challenged. Plus, the intern program as a whole really emphasized a good work-life balance and encouraged us to enjoy our summers.

What I wish was different

I wish my first mentor had planned at least one project for me to do by the time I arrived at the start of my internship. Work was a little slow during my first week.

Advice

Make friends with the other interns! Have lunch with them, stop by their cubicles, hang out with them on weekends -- it makes the experience 10x as enjoyable and helps you feel better integrated into the workplace.
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propulsion engineering intern

June 2019 • Dulles, VA

What I liked

everything, was dream job

What I wish was different

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Senior Engineering Intern

January 2017 • Chandler, AZ

What I liked

What I enjoy the most about my internship is that I get to do real engineering work.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
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Data Analytics Intern

May - August 2018 • McLean, VA

What I liked

The team was very welcoming.

What I wish was different

I wish I was given more challenging tasks.

Advice

The team expects you to not know anything coming in, so ask any questions you have.
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Manufacturing Development Engineer

June - August 2019 • El Segundo, CA

What I liked

Great pay, flexibility of hours, exciting projects, great co-workers.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have lived closer to the beach! The location was ideal but I didn't make full use of it.

Advice

Show up early and leave late. Always say yes to opportunities to do more.
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College Intern Technical

May 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

I got really good experience in a working environment. I learned relevant skills.

What I wish was different

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Software engineering intern

June - August 2017 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

Good group of people, supportive managers

What I wish was different

Wasn't given a formal project. The company had difficulty finding work for me to do

Advice

Be sure you will have a project to work on before committing to the internship
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2020 • Woodland Hills, CA

What I liked

I really like the company culture and the work that they do. Being an aerospace and defense company, the work you do there feels meaningful and you can physically see and feel the work you doing being applied somewhere. For example, if you're involved with working on a helicopter, you know that whatever you're being involved with, whether it's writing flight software code or building circuits, it'll be implemented and utilized within the coming weeks. The staff and company there do their best to make you feel comfortable and included in all aspects, whether its activities or inclusivity. During my time there I felt that the company did its best to make sure its employees felt comfortable and tried their best to meet their accommodations and make them happy. As a software engineer, I gained a better understanding of software development and learned a lot about their processes. Working alongside other engineers and being able to get their advice and input allows you to learn a lot and gain experience.

What I wish was different

Obviously, with COVID-19, all the interns for 2020 had to work remotely. It's great that they were able to still accommodate and take care of all the offers they had promised, but work felt a little more disconnected. I know from experience that working in an office environment is a lot more motivating and a lot more interesting. For a company like Northrop Grumman, there are labs where you can see things being built and tested. In an online environment, that's not possible. There's less of an opportunity to move around and see different things. My assignment and tasks for the majority of the summer remained relatively the same, but again, since it was remote working, it was harder to give interns work that they can purely do online. Given the difficult circumstance though, they tried their best to give interns meaningful and interesting work.

Advice

From this experience, I would tell others to not be afraid and really know what they want to do and why they want to do. Some people aren't built to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day, while some others are. Always be open to any and all opportunities because it'll allow you to get closer to knowing what you want. In the workplace, don't be afraid to contact other people and talk to them. I found that most employees when they have free time, are really willing to share their lives and their professional experiences. People are an excellent resource because they've done a lot of failure for you and can give you the answers to what they've learned and what you to do in the future. Reach out to people that you find interesting or are in a career that you want to pursue in and don't be afraid to ask them questions!
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Software Engineering Intern

May - July 2020 • Fairfax, VA

What I liked

Everyone is very friendly and it was a great place to work. I got lots of experience with a tool I have never used before.

What I wish was different

I wish it was longer, COVID cut down the internship to 6 weeks but I am glad they still even had a program.

Advice

Don't worry about equipment, they will send you everything you will need before you are about to start.
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College Intern Technical

May - July 2019 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

I liked the atmosphere and how it was like a family. I also liked how professional everyone was.

What I wish was different

Advice

Get to know your supervisors! They will help you a lot with your professional career.
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