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Emily Wagner: Chemical Engineering

Emily interned for Texas Instruments as an engineering intern during spring/summer 2022 semester.

Describe a day in your life as an intern.

I would arrive at 8 am and spend most my day working on a computer. I would work on excel sheet tools to calculate things such as, process costs and tank drainage times. I sometimes would go to meetings with facility engineers to see how engineers conduct FMSA meetings and interact with contractors. I would then eat lunch with the other interns at the cafeteria. In afternoons I would either do more work on the computer or go out in the field. I was able to take grab samples and run tests in the water lab. I would then leave at 5.

What industry/job specific skills did you learn?

I learned more about semiconductor processing as well as water purification. I also learned how to do 5S assessments, FMSA, and how to interact with engineers, contractors, and operators.

What is one thing you learned from this internship experience that could be applied to other settings?

I learned it is okay to admit when you need help. We aren't expected to know everything from the start, so even if we feel like a burden, it is always best to ask the questions you need. I learned this by putting myself out there and asking my supervisor for help on assignments that I was stuck on. However, you also need to make sure you have done what you can and don't need to be micromanaged. Employers hired you to do a job, so they want you to succeed and are willing to help with that. They admire that you are humble enough to ask for help but also do what you are perfectly capable of without taking their time.

What was your favorite part of your internship experience? T

I really enjoyed the people and culture within the company. TI truly invests in their employees.

How did you find your internship?

I searched for it available Chem E internships on LinkedIn.

How did this internship experience contribute to your growth?

This internship gave me the real life industry experience that cannot be replicated in a classroom.

Me in front of the Texas Instruments building in Lehi on my last day.