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5.0 of 5 stars

Control Systems & Electrical Engineering Intern
Minneapolis, MN | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Culture and flexibility of the management, very nice people, extremely competent co-workers


Downers

~!@#$%^&*()


Advice to Potential Interns

An internship with 3M is like having one main internship with a dozen side internships with other parts of the organization. Do it!


Would You Recommend

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4.9 of 5 stars

Incredible opportunity to develop real-world software engineering skills.
Salt Lake City, UT | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Being able to learn new skills and obtain real world experience in software engineering. Management and team colleagues were extremely helpful. I was able to see a project through beginning to end. 3M's culture is incredibly supportive.


Downers

Not really anything. It has been a great experience.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you are looking for a challenging yet supportive software engineering internship where you can gain new skills, 3M HIS is definitely an excellent placement.


Would You Recommend

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4.9 of 5 stars

Your chance to a great opportunity
Minneapolis, MN | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The best aspect was that you are able to branch out in your own field; exposing you to different situations so that you can determine what you like/dislike, and what your limitations are


Downers

I did not have a car and the location was further away than I expected, which made me limited me to network in other possible areas of interest.


Advice to Potential Interns

I am not sure how to answer this question


Would You Recommend

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4.8 of 5 stars

A fantastic learning experience including work on highly relevant real-world problems and products.
Saint Paul, MN | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

-Flexible hours



-Freedom to take your own approach to solving problems/experiment



-Access to just about any facility/tool you could possibly need



-Great group of people to work with and around



-Real-world projects/problems- at least I could see that what I was working on would be turned into a marketable project in the near future



-I got input on what project I'd like to work on



-No excessive hand-holding, but resources are always available


Downers

It's hard to find much to complain about, though orientation seemed excessively long (at least it was only one day)


Advice to Potential Interns

It may just have been my particular project, but you might feel like you got thrown into the ocean- there's so much stuff to pick up on, and you get to jump into doing real work immediately. That may or may not suit you; I found it to be fantastic, much better than being bored for a week waiting for things to really get started.


Advice to Management

I have no complaints. Being paid more would always be acceptable, though the pay is definitely on par with the rest of the industry. Hours are already flexible... Merit-based promotion policies seem reasonable to me.


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4.8 of 5 stars

3M Frontline Sales Internship gives interns real life experience and grooms for full-time job and success
Phoenix, AZ | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Great compensation, real life experience, extreme independence, hands-on and thorough training


Downers

No control over location or which division


Advice to Potential Interns

Treated as a sales rep, not an intern


Would You Recommend

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5.0 of 5 stars

Amazing chance to apply my schooling.
Saint Paul, MN | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The collaboration with experienced engineers


Downers

I didn't have any dislikes.


Advice to Potential Interns

Be shameless in your networking. Setup informational interviews with every manerger, tech director and VP you can. You can be the best intern ever but if nobody knows that you're there you will not get the job.


Advice to Management

Make summer hours flexible.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

great
Davenport, IA | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

playing games on my phone most of the day


Downers

playing games on my phone most of the day


Advice to Potential Interns

do your best or get screwed


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.9 of 5 stars

Best Experience Ever!!!
Saint Paul, MN | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Learning about the organization and how it's structured. Challenging yet feasible work assignments and projects. Collaborating with other employees and availability of key figures/stakeholders. Intern Events!!!


Downers

The process used to extend full time job offers at the end of the internship was very awkward and confusing.


Advice to Potential Interns

Attend all the intern events, network with anyone and everyone - inside and outside your area, be honest about your capabilities/interests/skills, meet with your supervisor/advisors often and discuss your career plan.


Advice to Management

Streamline the full time position interviewing process and re-think the way in which you extend full time offers to the interns.


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4.8 of 5 stars

Develop a testing method for non-woven abrasives to measure surface finish
Saint Paul, MN | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Nearly 75% of my time was spent doing hands on testing of abrasives and construction of testing platforms. I really love being able to work with my hands.


Downers

Parts of my job were a bit repetitive but it was necessary.


Advice to Potential Interns

3M has the best company culture of any company I've ever been with and they have a job for nearly everyone doing almost anything.


Advice to Management

My managers were excellent. I have no criticisms to give.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

A Broad Horizon of Opportunity
Chicago, IL | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The full-time exposure you are able to receive as an intern. You are treated as a sales-rep, not as an "intern". As a Frontline intern, you are getting experience that very few people in college are given the opportunity to receive.


Downers

There are obviously positives and negatives that come with every job. The only times that were frustrating were when I did not have any sales calls planned for the day, and clients were slow to responde to emails or phone calls. Other than that, mostly everythin was enjoyable.


Advice to Potential Interns

Take initiative, and ask for more responsibility if you want to make the most out of this internship. Continue to be a life-long learner.


Advice to Management

Nothing. All positive.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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