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Employer and Student Intern Profiles

Julianna Roen Julianna Roen, a CEMS Freshman majoring in Computer Science, obtained an internship for the Summer of 2013 with Burlington Bytes, a web development and marketing solutions company in Burlington, Vermont with a strong focus on marketing businesses through their online presence.

"Burlington Bytes has been a wonderful experience. Not only was this a paid internship, I learned a great deal about website building, web design and internet marketing. I worked on SEO, updating and maintaining websites for businesses in Vermont and beyond such as Salaam Clothing, furniture stores in NH and local restaurants. I learned that I really enjoy web development and that I would be very interested in having a career in this field.

This internship has also helped me become more independent and has taught me that I am capable of whatever I put my mind to. What also made my time here so positive were the upbeat and confident attitudes of my bosses. They were very encouraging and generous. I did not come in with too much experience, but they were willing to teach me the ropes because I am a motivated and quick learner. I would highly recommend this internship for anybody interested in building websites."

-Julianna Roen


Tyler Eddy Tyler Eddy, a CEMS Junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, obtained an internship in the Summer of 2013 with Harbour Industries, a manufacturing company in Shelburne, Vermont specializing in the manufacture of high temperature and high performance cable for the military, commercial, and industrial markets.

"This summer, I learned that it is important to cultivate relationships with my coworkers since anyone in the modern workplace spends a great deal of time together in teams. In addition, school cannot entirely prepare an engineer for his or her career. My mentor told me that about ninety-five percent of his daily routine involves skills that he never studied as an undergraduate. However, he emphasized that it is invaluable to attend college to understand the fundamentals of everything that goes on "behind the scenes".

I have a long ways to go, but what I am learning in school can and will be applicable to the real-world. My CAD, drafting, and design skills are above average, according to my mentors. Conversely, I need to work on the hands-on aspect of my skill set. Creating something is easy for me, but fixing anything is a nightmare. Harbour Industries is an employer that strongly encourages its employees to master both the theoretical and the hands-on aspects of engineering.

There is no such thing as being too knowledgeable about a subject: no matter how good you may be at something, there's always more you can learn. I would strongly encourage college students in all fields to pursue an internship opportunity. Not only can one gain invaluable life skills and personal connections, any relevant experience looks great on a resume and prepares a young graduate for a lifelong career in his or her field.

Despite being inexperienced, I wasn't very surprised by what a forty-hour week in my line of work looks like. I experienced many new things, of course, but I am staying the course with my career decision. In fact, I feel even more confident that I will be able to smoothly transfer from college to the modern workplace.

I am an M.E. major at UVM, and Harbour Industries wanted to hire an engineering intern for the summer. Vermont HITEC helped set up, contact and schedule an interview between us. Responsibilities included tensile testing, machine maintenance, electrical work, and many, many others. In addition, I shadowed an engineer, Neil, nearly every day this summer. This gave me a front row seat to the daily life of someone about thirty-five years ahead of me in the same field. Obviously, this was an incredible experience and I learned more than I thought possible. I was doing something new every minute. From observing a trained engineer replace a circuit board to discussing user interfaces with a machine operator, each experience built up my repertoire of relevant skills. In other words, an internship in a relevant field is one of the fastest ways to learn new skills."

- Tyler Eddy


Norio Costantino Norio Costantino, a rising Junior from CEMS and majoring in Electrical Engineering, obtained an internship over the Summer of 2013 with UVM Physical Plant, a department of UVM that is critical to planning and maintaining the infrastructure of the buildings and grounds on campus. It is located on campus in Burlington, Vermont.

"Over the summer of 2013, I participated in an internship with the University of Vermont's Physical Plant Department (PPD), specifically working with the Energy Management Department. My project was the preliminary step in creating a more effective emergency energy plan for UVM's campus in the event of power failure. This involved collecting and analyzing information on the 42 emergency generators spread around campus and presenting my findings and suggestions to the PPD Director.

One of the most unique aspects of my internship experience was the amount of freedom I was afforded. My supervisor was very hands-off, and besides the bi-weekly check-up meetings that we had, he was rarely over my shoulder telling me what to do. He trusted me to get the project done which was very motivating and freeing. This meant I made my own appointments with electricians and service staff and spoke to zone managers directly. It gave me a great feel for how a complex system like the UVM PPD works, from the managers all the way down to the people who implement and maintain university projects. It was also motivating to know that my work and research was going to be used to create something tangible and important. Everyone at the PPD was very kind and helpful, and it was a great atmosphere to work in.

If there was a downside to my internship experience, it was that my technical skills did not improve significantly and my schooling thus far was only applicable at a very basic level. Most of my work did not require any knowledge in electrical engineering, though it did help in some instances. That being said, it was still a valuable and enjoyable experience, and I learned a lot of other things that I was not expecting. This was very much a power systems project, and it required a lot of interaction with managers and electricians. This gave me a greater insight into the hierarchy that is present in complex systems like the PPD which is present in all professional engineering companies. It also exposed me to power systems, a branch of electrical engineering that I had not considered as a career path previously. Though I may not have learned a new technical skill, I did learn how to interact with many different levels of management in a professional environment, how to balance the expectations of management with engineering capabilities, and received a very good insight into power systems engineering.

This internship was a positive experience overall. The working atmosphere was great, I learned a lot of things I was not expecting to, and it opened my eyes to a new potential career path. Though the internship did not influence my career path in any extreme way, it was still a valuable experience. I would recommend choosing an internship that is not directly related to your interests to anyone who is considering it. I was glad that I did, in the end.

Thanks to Vermont HITEC for making this internship a possibility,"

--Norio Costantino


Daniel Mepham Daniel Mepham, a CEMS rising junior majoring in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, obtained an internship for the Summer of 2013 with Microprocessor Designs. "The group specializes in microprocessor based product design and development from the concept phase through manufacturing." They are located in Shelburne, Vermont.

"Whatever else I can claim about my experience, I cannot say that I had little to do. I always had some task, and it had to be done efficiently and correctly. My work was directly related to the actual engineering process. Contributing to a real engineering firm was incredibly rewarding.

While the work I was doing was important, I wasn't exactly doing high level engineering work. I managed the part database, purchased parts, tested circuit boards, made Engineering Change Orders (removing and replacing faulty components on boards), made components in design programs such as OrCAD and PADS, and did other simple tasks. It was good, productive work, but it did not exactly mirror the academic and theoretical engineering I had so enjoyed in college.

Doing this sort of work allowed me to learn important things about myself. When I first started working at MPD, I felt as if I was just doing mundane tasks when people told me to, not really knowing why I was doing the things I was doing. However, as I learned more about the general engineering process, I took pleasure in putting together projects. Seeing how my mundane tasks pieced together to help a larger project made work enjoyable.

Concerning my technical skills, compared to the senior engineers at MPD, I have essentially none. I have learned a lot about theoretical concepts in my first two years at school, but the wealth of knowledge that the engineers had was incredible. I would like to learn more about coding, embedded systems, and computer science in general. Engineers in this area at MPD impressed me the most. Overall, while I am good at lab work such as soldering and building cable assemblies, I don't know much about computer science or engineering design.

I learned a lot about the engineering design process, the basics of PCB design and function, PCB design software, and basic component functions. I also learned a lot about how the entire industry operates. Though I wish that I had been able to learn more technical skills, I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I am glad that I learned all that I did. Working at Microprocessor Designs was, and still is, a very rewarding experience.

I would also like to thank you for working with me on my resume and internship experience. I really appreciate it."

-Daniel Mepham


John Ring IV John Ring IV, a CEMS rising sophomore majoring in Computer Science, obtained an internship for the Summer of 2013 with LORD Microstrain, developers of "tiny sensors and systems that are used in a wide range of applications, including advanced manufacturing, off-highway vehicles, commercial and military manned and unmanned vehicles, civil structures, and down-hole tools." They are located in Williston, Vermont.

"This summer I was presented with the opportunity to intern at Lord Microstrain. This proved to be a both an exciting and valuable experience. While working at Lord Corporation I was able to work on delightfully challenging problems and advance my technical skills at a rate much greater than present in university classrooms. While at Lord Corporation I worked with their software team primarily dealing with web development. I found it incredible that each day I could head home knowing far more than when I arrived. This internship validated the saying "the more you know, the more you know you don't know" and increased my desire to learn as much as I could.

The Internship program provided by Vermont HITEC and Lord Microstrain was successful due the dedicated work of several individuals. These individuals mentored me and the other interns advancing our technical and professional skills. The mentors provided plenty of individual attention to each intern and ensured that we had the knowledge and environment needed to succeed. The time invested by the mentors resulted in the rapid development of technical and professional skills. These skills are necessary for any software / engineering position, and I know an early exposure to this environment will prove to be invaluable.

In addition to the development of one's skill set these, internships provide another valuable asset, exposure to a field at an industry level. For me personally, this exposure provided solid evidence that I did indeed enjoy working in a computer science position. This exposure also offers one a more detailed view of their field and provides insight into what subsets one may want to focus on.

I would like to encourage everyone to explore the opportunities made available by Vermont HITEC. I was a freshman when I applied this past summer and thought there was little chance of me being offered a position, I am glad I put those thoughts aside and applied."

-John H. Ring IV


Michael Fickes Michael Fickes, a CEMS Sophomore majoring in Computer Science, obtained an internship for the Summer of 2013 with LORD Microstrain, developers of "tiny sensors and systems that are used in a wide range of applications, including advanced manufacturing, off-highway vehicles, commercial and military manned and unmanned vehicles, civil structures, and down-hole tools." They are located in Williston, Vermont.

"This summer I was fortunate enough to work as a software engineering intern for LORD Microstrain Sensing Systems in Williston, Vermont. I developed code for Node Commander, the software that customers use to configure their wireless sensors. This opportunity was incredibly valuable for me as it provided real experience in the field, strengthened my resume, and created future work opportunities.

While UVM does a great job teaching software development techniques, my experience at Microstrain was invaluable for my education. Most of the assignments at UVM are completed individually, and can be finished in just a few days. My opportunity this summer involved working on code that had been worked on by many people and was years in the making. I had to make sure that everything I wrote fit well with what other people had already written.

I received great mentoring during this internship. I went into this internship with only basic knowledge of C++, but now feel very comfortable working with it. My mentor was always available and willing to help if I wanted it, but he made sure to challenge and teach me rather than simply telling me answers.

I would highly recommend pursuing an internship yourself. Vermont HITEC is a great resource for this process. They helped me the entire way, including giving me interview and resume suggestions, finding me many internship opportunities that were good fits, and checking in throughout the internship to make sure things were going well. While at first getting an internship seemed like a daunting task, they turned the process into something much easier.

I will be continuing to work with Microstrain part-time during the school year and hope to return as a full-time intern next summer."

-Michael Fickes


Nick Fernandes Nick Fernandes, a rising Junior in CEMS majoring in Electrical Engineering, interned over the Summer of 2013 with Nathaniel Group, a company that has "perfected the complex design, development and manufacturing expertise at the intersection where opto-mechanical, electronics, illumination systems and miniaturization meet." They are located in Vergennes, Vermont.

"My experience at Nathaniel Group, Inc was incredible. I learned a copious amount of information about engineering, business firm structure, life, professionalism, and how to really be an employee. Nathaniel is founded on engineering with a purpose. I learned how to think with a purpose, and what purpose really is. It is a quality they have imparted into me.

Engineering here isn't just metal and silicon. Engineering is a passion. It's fun. It's the light at the end of the tunnel. It's something to look forward to. The environment in Nathaniel promotes happiness and success when engineering. They make employees feel like the company should be important to you, and the products that they make here represent you as well.

I care so much about this company and I was here for 3 months. I didn't even get to engineer anything. I ran test procedures all day. Through this though, I learned my job was just as important as anyone else's. Someone has to do it, and if someone doesn't, we're just like any other company that cuts procedural corners. I've yet to have a job in the past four years I even want to go to, let alone think about when I leave.

It's as if Nathaniel has instilled a drive in me to actually think about what I'm doing and not just do it. To think about the end user and who the results of your work are presented to. Follow up on your actions always. Make sure the people you're working with know you care and you have their feelings on your radar. What methods should I be working on to present myself to people? Be it greeting my boss with 'hello' instead of 'yo' or making sure bleach hasn't eaten through the center of my shirt.

To say this internship was an experience is doing it no justice. This was an adventure. I got to explore. I got to learn. I got to see how the real world works. I made some great friends and had some of the best role models I could ever ask for. There is not a single person in this building that doesn't give 110% at the minimum when they walk in. Above and beyond all else, I was valued as an employee at Nathaniel, and not an intern.

I would like to extend my thanks and eternal gratitude to Nathaniel Group, Inc and Vermont HITEC. This is the best summer I've ever had."

-Nick Fernandes


Sam Chevalier Sam Chevalier, a CEMS Sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, obtained an internship for the Summer of 2013 with LORD Microstrain, developers of "tiny sensors and systems that are used in a wide range of applications, including advanced manufacturing, off-highway vehicles, commercial and military manned and unmanned vehicles, civil structures, and down-hole tools." They are located in Williston, Vermont.

"This summer, I had a chance to intern at LORD MicroStrain, which is an "an engineering company in Williston that makes little wireless sensors." When the internship began, I was given a microcontroller with a small wifi chip and asked to complete a range of wireless transmission tests. I had limited programming skill and almost no foreknowledge of wireless network connections, so I felt over my head for several days. After a week or two though, I began to learn how to use the built-in APIs and functions, and I was eventually able to put together a report on my findings.

About a month into the internship, I was given a data parsing task to complete with LabVIEW software. I had never used LabVIEW, but after taking several days to learn the language, I felt confident enough to tackle the project. What began as a one-week project became something I worked on for two months. Now that I have it nearly completed, I am extremely proud of my final product. I created a pretty advanced set of functions with a program that I had never heard of before June. My supervisors are happy with what I have done, and they claim it will be used in the future for several applications. Being able to leave behind a tangible product is a fantastic feeling.

I would definitely encourage other UVM engineering students to consider VT HITEC. HITEC not only connected me with an awesome internship, but it also gave me the confidence that I was ready to work in a professional environment. Many times over the summer, I felt like I was set adrift, but the program that HITEC has in place gave me the reassurance that I was not alone.

All in all, I am extremely glad I went though HITEC's internship mentoring program, and LORD MicroStrain was a perfect fit for me. Most of the engineers are young, and we play soccer and volleyball together on our lunch breaks once a week. On top of the great work environment, wireless transmission fascinates me now, and I am extremely motivated to get back to UVM in the fall to learn as much as I can about A/D conversion, wireless signals, antenna theory, etc. This experience has definitely excited me for my future career journey!"

-Sam Chevalier


Tim Manahan Tim Manahan, a recent graduate from CEMS majoring in Civil Engineering, held and internship over the Summer of 2013 with Grenier Engineering, a company that has served the Central Vermont community for over 30 years, providing civil engineering and surveying services. They are located in Waterbury, Vermont.

"Graduating from college with little or no work experience can be a scary thought, but with the help of Vermont HITEC I was able to immediately step into an excellent mentoring environment. The skills I learned in my internship are proving invaluable, and I have discovered a lot more about my own goals and the path I see my career taking. I was fortunate enough to work on a multitude of projects, which allowed me to refine my interests and focus on the areas of civil engineering I am interested in. My internship was an incredible learning experience, and an excellent way to begin my professional career as a civil engineer.

While my technical skills vastly improved at the University of Vermont, I was lacking in hands on experience, and Grenier Engineering allowed me to practice in a great variety of projects. In 3 months I learned how to use countless new drafting tools and methods involved in the design of a project, as well as the surveying of a site. I was able to participate in the drafting of multiple projects from the original survey through the design, which really allowed me to see how a design done in the office translates into real world structure. In the field I saw firsthand that surveying is the foundation of any civil engineering design, and through my participation in a broad range of surveys I feel I have gained incredible experience that sets me ahead of the competition. Working both in the office and in the field created a great mixture of assignments, and really made me think about the type of work I prefer and what direction I would like to take my career in.

I would highly encourage any student, graduating or otherwise, to consider an internship through Vermont HITEC. They have created an incredible learning environment that requires participants to reflect on their experiences daily, and provides them with a great way to look back on all that they have accomplished at the end of their internship. After 3 short months I have a much better idea of the setting I enjoy working in, and the types of civil engineering I will pursue as I continue my career."

-Tim Manahan


Logan Williams Logan Williams, a rising senior in CEMS majoring in Mechanical Engineering, obtained an internship for the Summer of 2013 with Burton, the premier designer and manufacturer of snowboards which is located in Burlington, Vermont.

"This summer I had the incredible opportunity of interning in the research & development/ testing lab at Burton Snowboards here in Burlington, VT. Burton is a Vermont-based snowboard company that was founded over 35 years ago, so they know a thing or two about making snowboards. The testing lab is right next to the prototype facility where all of the new boards, bindings, and other products get their start. Working at Burton I was able to gain invaluable knowledge and experience in both engineering and snowboarding from the people who know the sport best.

As a testing intern, my job was to work alongside with the product development team to create, implement, and perform various tests on the products to ensure they meet and exceed both industry and Burton standards. This includes determining the test method and procedure, designing and building the test fixture, collecting and analyzing data, and much more. Other than creating tests and test fixtures, I performed dimensional inspections on parts to ensure they fit within the allowed tolerances.

During the summer I worked on many different projects in varying roles, but the main task assigned to me was to design a fixture that will be used to test a new binding system that is being developed. It was my chance to have a hand in the next big thing that Burton was going to be rolling out. The process began by working with the binding developers to determine exactly what the test would accomplish and how it would be accomplished. The design went through multiple drafts and revisions as we worked our way towards the final design. This was probably the most beneficial step in the process for me as I was allowed to learn for myself what works and what does not work. It also showed me that the specific knowledge that I have learned in the classroom is important, but not as important as the critical thinking and problem solving techniques that I acquired along the way.

My supervisor, Jeffrey Burg,a is a Testing Engineer who is incredibly passionate about his work and pays great attention to detail. I gained a lot of valuable knowledge working alongside him. The enthusiasm for snowboarding can be found everywhere you look, and you can tell that everybody who works here strives to put the rider first. As someone who enjoys the sport, I could not have asked for a better place to intern. The experience that you gain from actually working in your field far exceeds anything you can achieve in a classroom. This is why I would strongly encourage anyone who is even considering an internship to search around and check out Vermont HITEC. They are a great resource to have on your side when searching for an internship".

-Logan Williams


Ethan Eldridge Ethan Eldridge, a recent graduate from CEMS and majoring in Computer Science, obtained an internship over the Summer of 2013 with Bear Code, a company that provides "superior programming talent for internet based applications that rely on robust backend relational databases" located in Montpelier, Vermont.

"My internship through Vermont HITEC has been a summer well spent! An internship is one of those opportunities that everyone should try to get onto their resume, and HITEC definitely made it easy to find one that fit me. I'm happy to be transitioning from an internship to a full time position soon.

I did front-end web development for my last two internships. They were an easy and good experience but it wasn't very challenging. I wanted an internship that presented interesting problems to solve, and to get away from spending hours adjusting some small detail on a page. At my HITEC internship I finally got the change I wanted, working on back-end systems. It was a more enjoyable experience and my co-workers were very helpful in guiding me along when I needed help or advice.

Besides back-end Java systems, I also created two initial designs for the architecture of two client systems and created estimates of milestones and features that would be created for each of the two systems. Designing data models and how components would interact with each other was challenging but fun. And having meetings to get feedback was a great learning experience for when there was something I hadn't considered, as well as a good way to validate that the time spent in software engineering classes hadn't been wasted.

Being in a 'real' workplace really helped my version control workflow get better as well. I was already comfortable using the GIT version control system, and had worked in small teams before, but there was never a formal workflow that was followed. Here, I fell easily into using the gitflow workflow and seeing the benefits that using it could bring to merge conflict resolution when working in a team. Also, the benefits of a change log and a good GIT history was made fully apparent to me when it came time to inform a client about all the changes to a system during a new release.

Overall, my internship was a very positive experience from the beginning when I was first working with Steven and Jim on formatting my resume to be easier to read, to the end when I was debugging and integrating new features into the back-end system I'd worked on. The thing employers look for in candidates is actions, not buzzwords or how high your GPA was. Going out of your way to get an internship or doing side projects is important for anyone who wants a career right out of college. I'd recommend getting an internship as soon as you can, and HITEC is really great at finding one that fits you and works hard to match you to an employer that fits what you want."

-Ethan Eldridge


James Chad Foley James Chad Foley, a CEMS Masters candidate majoring in Mathematics, obtained an internship in the Summer of 2013 with Dealer.com, a company in Burlington, Vermont that delivers a full suite of digital marketing tools to the automotive industry.

Chad spent his summer as a full-time intern at Dealer.com on their Analytics and Inventory teams.

"The purpose of an internship is to learn as much as possible about everything relating to the job, the team you're working with, and the company as a whole. Dealer.com is not the kind of company that sits an intern down on day one and draws out a work plan for the length of the internship, they are a company that allows you to learn about all the different problems/challenges employees face every day and expect that you will be inspired to help find solutions to those problems and/or find and solve problems of your own, with the goal being to make Dealer.com better.

Throughout my Data Analyst internship with the Inventory team at Dealer.com, I was able to explore the work performed by not only my team members, but employees throughout the company. I was also given the freedom to create my own projects and perform analyses that I thought were interesting. I gained experience dealing with large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data, which allowed me to sharpen my SQL and Unix skills, and I was also able to create models and perform statistical analyses on real life data (as opposed to academic examples) utilizing my R programming skills.

I've walked away from my Dealer.com internship with a higher level technical skill set, a better idea of the working dynamic of the Inventory and Analytics teams, and a refined understanding of how Dealer.com operates and the services it provides its clients."

- Chad Foley


Ram Timsina Ram Timsina, a senior in CEMS majoring in Computer Science, held and internship over the Summer of 2013 with Bear Code, a company that provides "superior programming talent for internet based applications that rely on robust backend relational databases" located in Montpelier, Vermont.

"This was my first internship while attending at the University of Vermont. I didn't apply for any internship until my senior year and instead I was working as a cook, store cashier and in hotel maintenance during my school years and summers. I started looking for an internship with the help of Vermont HITEC in the spring of 2013. They first interviewed me and helped me build my resume and cover letter. They even pointed out my strengths and weaknesses after the interview. My goal was to get an internship in the software development field. Because of the practice interview with the Vermont HITEC, I was confident during the interview. I received an offer for front-end software engineering position at Bear-Code.

I had absolutely no real experience when I first started to work. The manager was very kind and offered me a mentor to work with. I started working from scratch with installing software, debugging errors and creating my own work station. My first project was to upgrade the company's website from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. It was my first time using Drupal to build websites. My second project was the Overseas and US Voting Foundation website. The site was built with Java applications and integrated with Drupal. The first part of a job was to make the website 508c compatible. I fixed all the CSS styles and page layouts and tested the site with screen reader. Other jobs in this project were building accessible CAPTCHA, combing voter registration form regions, creating collapse fieldsets and a state list dropdown feature using jQuery. Other noteworthy works of my internship were research about spam filter technologies and Salesforce plugins for Drupal. My final project was to create a new responsive website from scratch using Drupal. During these two and half months internship, my greatest accomplishment was building websites using Drupal. I started working with minimal knowledge about front-end software development. I finished my internship with significant technical skills that I can utilize in a software development career.

This was definitely an eye opening internship for me. I wasn't very sure about my career and what I was going to do after finishing the college. This internship has provided me enough confidence and motivation for my career path. I always think college won't make you ready for real world work. It just teaches you theories that you can implement in a real world. There is a big difference between learning how to fix a car and actually fixing it. So, an internship will provide the tools that you need to fix your career. It's not easy to get an internship and there are many details involved during interview process. That's where Vermont HITEC plays a big role in helping students to find the right internship and make them standout in front of the employer."

-Ram Timsina


Christina Bednarek Christina Bednarek, a CEMS Junior majoring in Civil Engineering, obtained an internship in the Summer of 2013 with Vermont Gas Systems, a supplier of natural gas to residents and businesses in Vermont.

"This summer, I had an internship in the construction engineering department at Vermont Gas. The work I did in this position included surveying, CAD drawings and designs. I worked alongside another intern and we did the survey work together. There was a sense of independence about the job because the other intern and I would be able to go out in the field and survey by ourselves and then return to the office to draft the survey on the computer. This allowed us to follow each project from survey to design and then send it off to be installed. The department I worked in was very small, only consisting of about 7 people. I always had a supervisor around to ask questions and everyone was always very helpful.

My internship opportunity definitely taught me a lot about the skills I have gained in the past 3 years of my education. I had never used the drafting program before but was able to pick it up in a matter of a few days. In addition to that, as the summer progressed, I gained continued confidence in being able to do my work independently and ask fewer questions. In the beginning, I felt the need to have my boss check everything I did to make sure it was correct but by the end of the summer, I was confident that I had done it right the first time and did not feel the need to ask.

Through this internship, I gained experience in a different area of civil engineering than I had previously. The opportunity to work with civil engineers in the construction field allowed me to see what exactly a job in this field would entail. I was also able to spend some time going out in the field with the engineers and work crews to see the projects I was involved in designing being installed. I learned that I do not ideally see my future working as a construction engineer and that I prefer the design and drafting side of civil engineering.

I would absolutely recommend an internship to anyone considering it. Being in the work environment is an amazing experience and is also very educational for future work decisions. Internships are a great opportunity to meet new people and network with the professional world. I had an internship the previous summer as well and my internships always leave me more excited about finishing my education so that I can join the work force that I have had a taste of. I thoroughly enjoyed my summer internship and am currently working with my manager to find a way to continue my work into the semester."

-Christina Bednarek


Tanner Haskins Tanner Haskins, a recent graduate from CEMS majoring in Mechanical Engineering, obtained an internship for the Summer of 2013 with Burton, the premier designer and manufacturer of snowboards which is located in Burlington, Vermont.

The focus of Tanner's internship was to work with the Boot Design Team at Burton to design, prototype and prove out various components that could appear in upcoming boot designs.

"My time as a boots design team intern at Burton this summer has been extremely exciting, instructive, and rewarding. Over the course of my internship I have had the opportunity to work on several projects, each with their own unique set of parameters and demands. The broad scope which these projects covered have enabled me to grow my skills as an engineer and have hopefully better prepared me for a full time engineering job in the real world.

Specifically, the area where I believe I learned the most was in design for parts which will be manufactured by plastic injection molding. During my internship I have worked on several projects involving parts which will eventually be injection molded. While designing these, it was important to keep in mind that although we have multiple 3D printers on site which could quickly replicate a solid plastic representation of any shape I desire, some shapes are impossible (or prohibitively expensive) to manufacture on a large scale. It took a lot of time working closely with my mentor who has a lot of experience in this area to begin creating parts which cover all the requirements of being aesthetically pleasing, functional, and manufacturable. However, despite the difficulty, parts began to emerge that met these requirements and I have gotten the satisfaction and reward of knowing that some of these may make it to store shelves in a few years!

Overall, my experience as an intern at Burton has been fantastic. I would recommend undertaking an internship to anyone seeking experience in the field of engineering for multiple reasons. As an intern you can both network and gain valuable work experience; you can also determine whether a specific job or sector is right for you.

Many thanks to Vermont HITEC for the wonderful opportunities they create!

-Tanner Haskins


Sam Catalano Sam Catalano, a CEMS Senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, obtained an internship in the Summer of 2012 with SemiProbe, a company specializing in production of probing and testing equipment for the semiconductor industry. They are located in Winooski, Vermont.

Sam worked as an engineering intern designing and modifying product and equipment. Following his internship, Sam became employed full-time with SemiProbe as a mechanical engineer where he has remained since. One year later, he reflects on his experience.

"I have been really enjoying my time here at SemiProbe. It's been an amazing learning experience on so many levels. I get to witness the whole process of quoting, designing, building, testing, installing, and dealing with service issues on the majority of our systems. I don't think I could have ended up in a better place right after college. You heard correctly, I just received my India visa yesterday and will be off to Ahmadabad in a week or so. I also had a trip earlier in September to Korea and have been on various trips around North America.

I'd like to say thanks for all the help you and VT HITEC have provided me. The whole internship process was a great learning experience within itself and has led me to where I am today!"

-Sam Catalano


Albert J. Banach Albert J Banach, a CEMS Junior majoring in Computer Science, obtained an internship in the Summer of 2013 with Harbour Industries, a manufacturing company in Shelburne, Vermont specializing in the manufacture of high temperature and high performance cable for the military, commercial, and industrial markets.

AJ spent his summer as a full-time intern at Harbour Industries in their IT Department on a variety of projects but focused on database management.

"My experience at Harbour Industries has been amazing. Finally working full-time and being in an office environment, I was able to get a taste of what it will be like once I graduate. In the few months that I've been here, I have learned more than I could have imagined about working at this type of job. From the office experience to the wonderful coworkers, I was very fortunate to have gotten the chance to work for this company. I would especially like to mention my IT manager, Jeff Cofran, who was the best boss and teacher I could have asked for. The majority of the internship was working side by side with Jeff. Watching what he did to manage everything, and how he did it. For most of the projects, he would not only show me how he was doing everything, he would explain it until I understood, and even have me doing things myself. The level of mentoring I've received from him was very high and I'm grateful for everything he's taught me.

Throughout the summer, I was able to learn a lot about myself - my work habits, how I was able to learn, and how to work with others. I was able to notice that I was able to do my best work in the morning rather than the end of the day and how to plan accordingly. After the first few days, my boss and I found out that I will learn more by doing something once with his instruction than watching him do the same thing many times. Once we both realized this, we were able to make a lot of progress. One of the most valuable things that I've learned this summer is to find out the work ethic and how to cooperate with another person. With this skill, we were able to get a lot of the projects done.

For this internship, I worked a lot on side IT projects - setting up computers, networking printers, managing the website, and helping out coworkers with anything computer related. I learned a lot about setting up a network and troubleshooting problems that might be happening to a computer and how to fix them. However, the majority of the internship went to managing their databases. I learned a lot about programming with Progress and running the scripts on the database. The biggest project this summer went to the Binary Dumps and Loads of the Train Database to make new testing and archive environments. Jeff and I both worked together on that since we were both unfamiliar with the process and by the end of the summer, I was able to do the dump and load myself.

I would definitely recommend this internship program to anyone considering it. You can take all the classes in the world, but nothing can compare to actually getting the hands-on experience from the concepts you learn. I was very fortunate to be taking part in this, especially starting off as late in the game as I did. Signing up with VT HITEC was one of the best decisions I've ever made. They are very dedicated in getting in touch with great employers for their students and they will do everything they can to make sure their students get one, and for that I am very grateful.

Thanks for all you've done for me this summer."

-Albert J. Banach


Scott MacEwan Scott MacEwan, a CEMS Senior majoring in Computer Science, obtained an internship in the Spring of 2013 with Bluehouse Group, a web development and marketing solutions company in Richmond, Vermont specializing in creating "websites that work."

Scott spent his spring semester as a part-time intern until his graduation. He continued his internship full-time until early July when he became a permanent employee of Bluehouse Group.

"Simply put, this internship has been immensely rewarding. I have learned so much in my time here that it really astounds me. I knew very little about JavaScript coming into this internship, and honestly, I am now more comfortable with it than most other languages I knew before starting here. I got to strengthen my skills with PHP and MySQL. Also, learning how to manage time on large projects and how to work both autonomously and with other people has really strengthened my skills as a programmer.

If I could say one thing to other students considering an internship, it would be: don't let your nervousness stop you from seeking an internship. I know a lot of people are nervous when it comes to pursuing an internship, especially if they have never had one before. The experience is so valuable and the mentoring that comes as part of the experience accelerates your growth unbelievably fast.

As far as how this internship has impacted my career decision, I can officially say, this is my career now. I had the pleasure of accepting a full time position and I couldn't be more excited."

-W. Scott MacEwan


Bryan Ceberio Bryan Ceberio, a CEMS Junior majoring in Computer Science,obtained an internship in the Spring of 2013 with the Higher Turnover Websites, a web-based marketing solutions company in Shelburne, Vermont specializing in creating custom websites for auto dealers across the country.

His primary duty for this internship was to rewrite the company's existing programming code to a more updated version. He is currently working on a project to upgrade the front-end code in the staging environment, making sure that it meets the proper standards before moving it into production. He also works on additional projects where he collaborates with his manager to add new features to the existing administration panel.

"This internship has been an exciting opportunity for me. Not only am I gaining additional experiences that I can add to my resume, but as a student simultaneously working and taking classes, I am able to maintain a studious work ethic that employers can recognize. It has also exposed me to new programming techniques and different approaches for constructing dynamic websites and improving my overall knowledge in PHP programming.

But what really amazes me is the fact that I was given the motivation I needed from my counselors, and that they were able to connect me with a company that relates to my career values. I can honestly say that I wouldn't have been given the chance to be part of such a wonderful company as Higher Turnover if it weren't for the good people at Vermont HITEC. I am truly grateful for their services!"

-Bryan Ceberio


Aaron Morton

Aaron Morton, a CEMS Junior majoring in Computer Science, obtained an internship in Summer 2012 with the Compass School, an alternative secondary school located in Westminster, Vermont. His challenge was to overhaul and upgrade many aspect s of their information technology systems. Aaron quickly found how valuable project management skills are while juggling tasks such as installing a new computer system for the school, rewiring the server room, migrating materials from legac y products to the new system, creating quick start guides for teachers and staff, meeting and teaching users on the new system, offering tech support as needed, creating policies and procedures for data storage, and putting in safeguards to protect the network.

As was stated by his on-site mentor, Michael McConnel, Aaron was an outstanding intern and would be welcomed back in the future. His motivation, desire, thoughtful demeanor, and technical skills were very valuable.

"I'm not sure what else to say. If Aaron weren't in college and I could pick up the one more client I would need to cove r the cost to hire him, I would do so in an instant. He excelled at everything I threw his way, worked independently as needed, asked questions when necessary, the quality of his work was superlative, he never backed down when deep in the d umps of a really tough situation... overall, he excelled." Michael McConnel

For Aaron, his CEMS internship experience provided daily challenges which complemented his academic studies - a perfect combination of theory and its real-world application.


Bluehouse Group
CEMS Internship Program Secures a Win-Win

The Bluehouse Group is a Vermont web design firm offering website design and development, custom application development, Internet Marketing, PHP and database programming services. In order to meet its expanding customer needs, Jim Tourville, Product Manager, turned to UVM's CEMS Internship Program for help. Scott MacEwan, CEMS Senior in the Computer Science Department worked closely with Vermont HITEC staff prior to being recommended for an interview with the Bluehouse Group. The result was a win-win match for both student and employer. Most importantly, here's what Jim Tourville had to say...

"Hi Steven, thanks for connecting us with Scott. The lead programmer and the rest of the programming team really liked him and they think he'll be a good fit culturally. He's almost done with our initial programmer test. Given his answers to our technical questions during his interview we're anticipating that he'll do well on the test."

"I also wanted to say that I think you've done a great job vetting him as a candidate and I wanted to thank you for matching us up with someone who fit our job description. His cover letter was great too, he mentioned you helped him with that." - Jim Tourville

For more information on how we can help, please contact UVM CEMS internship coordinators:

Steven Lutton
Executive Director
Vermont HITEC, Inc.
(802) 399-8540
steven.lutton@vthitec.org
James Eddy
Internship Director
Vermont HITEC, Inc.
(802) 343-2825
jim.eddy@vthitec.org

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