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Summer Internships

  • Internships are a critical part of the development of Olivet engineers.
  • A quality internship will not only provide you with invaluable and marketable experience, but also, it will help you assess which discipline of engineering you are most interested in and gifted for. You will emerge a more experienced and focused graduate, fully prepared to advance to the next stage — whether that includes graduate studies or employment.

    Given the importance of this aspect of your undergraduate education, Olivet’s Engineering Department actively assists you in the process of securing quality internship opportunities. We will provide you with possible internship options and application/résumé review support.

    Effectively pursuing the summer internship is your key responsibility and is a test run for future full-time job pursuit. You will go through the process of exploring opportunities, completing job applications and interviewing.

    Sample internship listing

    The listing below can be your starting point. Additionally, you may already have a connection or lead to an internship close to your summer residence through your personal network. Get the word out to your family and church members. You may be surprised how many open doors are waiting for you with local engineering firms!

    Note: A year next to a contact name denotes ONU alumnus

     Honda Focus: All engineering disciplines
    ohio.honda.com/
    Contact: Ryan Miller ’93
    Email: RMiller@oh.hra.com
    Location: Marysville, Ohio
     Solidica

    Focus: electronics and materials
    www.solidica.com
    Contact: Chad Lehner
    Email: clehner@solidica.com
    Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.

     Alcoa Focus: Mechanical
    www.alcoa.com
    Contact: Mark Jones ’93
    Email: Mark.A.Jones@alcoa.com
    Location: Evansville, Ind. 
     Navistar Focus: All engineering disciplines
    www.navistar.com/Navistar/Careers
    Contact: N/A
    Email: N/A
    Location: Warrenville, Ill.
     Smart Focus: All engineering disciplines
    smart.asee.org
    Contact: Katherine Sweet ’08
    Email: katherine.sweet@navy.mil
    Location: Multiple locations
     Roche Focus: All engineering disciplines
    www.roche-diagnostics.us/
    Contact: Wes Gerbig ’01
    Email: wesgerbig@gmail.com
    Location: Multiple locations
     Caterpillar Focus: All engineering disciplines
    www.caterpillar.com
    Contact: Dave Balek ’02
    Email: balekd@yahoo.com
    Location: Peoria, Ill.
     Navy Focus: All engineering disciplines
    www.usajobs.gov/
    Contact: Rebecca Dickey ’07
    Email: rebecca.dickey@navy.mil
    Location: Multiple locations
     Moog Focus: All Engineering disciplines
    www.moog.com
    Contact: Richard Wainwright ’80
    Email: rwainwright2@yahoo.com
    Location: New York and Illinois 
      Bimba Focus:  Mechanical, Electrical, Computer
    www.bimba.com
    Contact: Jon Evans '04
    Email: evansj@bimba.com
    Location: Multiple locations
     Nucor Focus: Mechanical and Electrical
    www.nucor.com
    Contact: Kate Thompson
    Email: Kate.Thompson@nucor.com
    Location:  Bourbonnais, Ill. 
     Oak Ridge Focus: Multiple Disciplines
    orise.orag.gov
    Contact: N/A
    Email: N/A
    Location: Oak Ridge, Tenn.
     Emerson Focus: Multiple
    www.emersonindustrial.com/
    Contact: Jared Morehouse '07
    Email: jared.morehouse@gmail.com
    Location: Valparaiso, Ind.
     Soar Focus: Small Autonomous Systems
    arl.army.mil
    Contact: N/A
    Email: ARL_SOAR-Resumes@arl.army.mil
    Location: Adelphi, Md.
     Soar Focus: All engineering disciplines
    www.usaeop.com/
    Contact: N/A
    Email: N/A
    Location: Multiple locations 
     Bosch Focus: Electrical, mechanical
    www.boschtools.com/
    Contact: Nathan Light ’05
    Email: nathan.light@us.bosch.com
    Location: Watseka, Ill.
     Peddinghaus Focus: Mechanical, electrical
    peddinghaus.com
    Contact: Nick Pickering ’12
    Email: npickeri@live.olivet.edu
    Location: Bradley, Ill.
     Swagelok Focus: Mechanical. Electrical. Computer
    swagelok.com
    Contact: Josh Gress '06
    Email: joshua.gress@swagelok.com
    Location: Cleveland, Ohio
     US Army Focus: All engineering disciplines
    www.usaeop.com/
    Contact: N/A
    Email: N/A
    Location: Multiple locations
     Calsonic Focus: Automotive electronics
    calsonic.com
    http://calsonic.com/
    Contact: Dan Davidson ’90
    Email: daniel_davidson@cknainc.com
    Location: Nashville, Tenn.; Detroit, Mich.
     John Deere Focus: All engineering disciplines
    www.deere.com
    Contact: N/A
    Email: N/A
    Location: Moline, Ill.
     DEPS Focus: Electro-optics and photonics
    www.deps.org
    Contact: N/A
    Email: DEscholars@arl.army.mil
    Location: Aberdeen, Md.
     Ford Focus: All engineering disciplines
    www.ford.com
    Contact: Steve Angus ’93
    Email: sangus1@ford.com
    Location: Multiple locations
     Navsea Focus: Multiple disciplines
    www.navsea.navy.mil/
    Contact: Katherine Sweet ’08
    Email: katherine.sweet@navy.mil
    Location: Seattle, Wash.
     Bechtel Focus: Multiple disciplines
    www.bechtel.com/
    Contact: Anu Gupta
    Phone: 412-476-6443
    Location: Pittsburgh, Penn.
     Aqua Focus: Geological, Civil
    www.aquaamerica.com/
    Contact: Joel Mingus ’03
    Email: jamingus@aquaamerica.com
    Location: Multiple locations 

    Other Internship and Co-Op Resources

    Intern Match
    Internships.com
    Hormel
    Simply Hired 
    Urs-Jobs.com 
    Glassdoor 
    Businessweek 
    Indeed  
    Monster

    Steps to secure a high quality Olivet engineering summer internship experience

    1. Talk with one of the faculty concerning your interests and goals.
    2. Review the internships opportunities, especially those companies listed with alumni mentors.
    3. Review the general engineering internship job listings noted above.
    4. With input from faculty, produce a high quality application to at least three possible companies.
    5. Secure an engineering internship!