1. Real-world projects: If I had not been doing that work, a full-time employee would have been.
2. Company culture: My team was really open to including me in walks, lunches, etc., and they were always willing to answer my questions and help expose me to new things (tour of the hanger, sitting in on design reviews, team meetings…).
3. Financial benefits: Not only was I making $22/hour, but I also did not have to pay for housing (nor did I have to find a place to live in an unfamiliar city). On top of that, I also received paid time off and discounts on products.
4. Involvement opportunities: Garmin put on multiple events just for interns, and there was also a social committee and a community service committee made entirely of interns.
1. I wish I could have received my biggest project earlier in the summer so I would have been able to complete it before going back to school, but we were waiting on parts, which was out of our control.
2. I did not know much at all about the design process when I started my internship, so it would have been helpful to have opportunities to be exposed to design in a more structured teaching setting. That is, I would have appreciated having my mentor or manager provide more guidance during the initial phases of my design so I had some direction when first starting out.
Advice to Potential Interns
If you're looking for a summer internship that provides valuable real-world experience, great financial incentives, opportunities to become friends with other interns, and a whole lot of fun, Garmin is the place to work.