EduCo partner institution the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s (UMBC) Career Center aims to give students and graduates the skills they need to succeed in their future careers outside of what they learn in class. Students can seek assistance from the Career Center at any time during their studies at UMBC. The Center helps students identify their strengths, their career goals and the path they need to take for their future career. It also helps students connect with employers through internships, full-time, part-time and on-campus jobs.
The services the Careers Center offers are particularly useful for international students who want to gain confidence in interviewing, résumé creation and networking. It also helps upon graduation for students to have pre-existing industry experience when applying for jobs.
Below, you can read Hoshang’s interview on his recent product management internship.
Name: Hoshang Mehta
Internship, Co-op or Research Site: Esurgi in Baltimore, MD
Position Title: Product Management Intern
Major: Engineering Management
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
My day to day responsibilities involved managing the transition of a medical device from its prototype to pilot phase as well as participate in the initial phases of a project involving the development of another medical device. My responsibilities required me to use both an engineering know-how as well as applying management principles to keep the projects moving in the right direction. From a technical/engineering standpoint, I could use my knowledge of Systems Engineering and Chemical Engineering to develop engineering designs and research strategies. In addition, I was able to use various project management tools and techniques to create and manage project schedules, identify milestones and involve strategic project planning. Moreover, I was involved in preparing business models and identifying key customers and value propositions of products.
Describe the process of obtaining your internship, research, or co-op opportunity.
I had applied on UMBCworks for this position.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organisation/company?
I enjoyed applying what I learnt from my graduate courses to my work, almost instantly. This gave me a more real-time perspective of the practical implications of theoretical concepts learned in class.
I also had the opportunity to communicate and coordinate with cross-functional team members in a dynamic start-up environment.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
I believe I could use my educational background and unique experiences to carry out the responsibilities of my work effectively.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
One can always find plentiful things to learn from an internship opportunity. So I think one should grab such opportunities and use the experience to leverage one’s career/future goals.
Please provide a short reflection or quote about what you liked most about your position.
The Careers Center has been actively involved in ensuring a great experience for students by organising interesting PRAC workshops and providing opportunities to meet various people from the industry to discuss and learn from their experiences.
Original article published: UMBC (2017, 25 May) Intern of the Week: Hoshang Mehta for Engineering Management. Retrieved from: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/cwitaffiliates/posts/68299.