Schedule was very flexible, was free to do real creative engineering work, help was available whenever needed, very accommodating for ergonomics (3D mouse, monitor riser, etc.), received all new equipment (laptop, 3D mouse, etc.), management is very down to earth and interested in talking to me (unlike other internships I have had in the past), very casual environment, lots of free lunch and other treats, weekly networking hour with free snacks, free coffee, very friendly coworkers, supportive of volunteering on company time (HP pays you up to 4 hours a month of volunteering time), receive employee discounts like full time employees, Overall very good experience! Best internship experience I have had yet (I have interned at Boeing, Daimler Trucks North America, and Bureau of Land Management).
Paper cups were removed for cost cutting purposes so had to bring my own cup. Other than that, I can't think of anything that I didn't like. It was a great experience.
Advice to Potential Interns
This is by far the most employee oriented company I have worked for. The site here in Corvallis has a great relaxed and casual environment. I would not hesitate to come back for another internship and would work here if my significant other came along as well.
Sample Interview Questions
Rank these 3 cross sections in order from stiffest to least stiff?
What properties would you look into when heat staking plastic?
How would you test the heat stake?
How do you dimension a hole and pin so that they always fit together?
Why does a floating open ended tube sink when the pressure is increased?
What are you career goal?
In what ways can you transfer linear motion to linear motion perpendicular to the input?
In what ways can you transfer linear motion to rotational motion perpendicular to the input?
In what way can you transfer rotation motion to rotational motion perpendicular to the input/
What force is required to push a block with mass m up an incline with angle alpha?
What if there was friction involved in the moving of the block?
Approximately G's does an object experience if it is dropped onto a hard surface? How did you come to that conclusion?
How can you test the life of a component that is supposed to last 7 years without having to wait 7 years?
Advice to Management
Great job! I have truly really enjoyed my time here and feel more connected to management than any of the other places I have interned (Daimler Trucks, Boeing). I was really surprised about how supportive of volunteering HP is as an organization and how supportive my manager was of me volunteering at a middle school camp on behalf of HP. This is a great company to work for!!