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
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, 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.
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 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
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
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, worked with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas as a
Systems Engineer on the Data Quality Team. Although she was virtual, Lockheed provided
Adam Corral completed his virtual summer internship with Walmart Supply Chain Engineering
within their eCommerce Network in Hoboken, New Jersey. On the Advanced Engineering
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