Summer 2020 Virtual Interns

Pandemic Creates Opportunities for Virtual Internships
to Industrial Engineering Students

Industrial Engineering students completing internships during summer 2020 found themselves working in a new way, remotely. The pandemic has demonstrated how the workforce is experiencing a shift, and the future of work after the COVID-19 pandemic may not be the same.

We caught up with several of our students while they were on internship this summer to find out how the experience was for them, how they managed to stay engaged, and how it impacted their understanding of the new work model. Then, we checked back in with them afterward to see what the experience was like and how they felt about it.


Madeline Suellentrop

Madeline Suellentrop, spent her summer working as an intern in the utility consulting group of 1890 & Co., a division of Burns & McDonnell. The utility consulting group has multiple business lines.

Benjamin Baser

Ben worked virtually with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Enterprise Integration team as a Project Engineer. “The virtual environment definitely took a couple of weeks to get used to..."

Matthew Walters

Matthew completed an internship with Walmart’s Work Force Planning Department. “Despite the fact I was working virtually, Walmart did a great job replicating the in-person experience."

Grayson Lee

Grayson Lee spent the summer in Palmdale, California with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®. Working as an intern he was able to perform optimization projects for the manufacturing process...

Xavier Wills

Xavier Wills completed his internship with United Parcel Service in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Although he attended meetings virtually, he was able to be on-site in order to observe...

Emily Rodriguez

Emily Rodriguez, worked with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas as a Systems Engineer on the Data Quality Team. Although she was virtual, Lockheed provided her with...

Adam Corral

Adam Corral completed his virtual summer internship with Walmart Supply Chain Engineering within their eCommerce Network in Hoboken, New Jersey. On the Advanced Engineering Team...

Patrick Dougherty

Patrick completed a virtual internship as an Associate Consultant Intern at Mastercard, based in the Arlington, Virginia office. "Even in the virtual setting I had opportunities to connect...