Our managers at Pond recognize that our organization, from top to bottom, benefits from having students working year round in our offices. A few of our biggest advocates of our internship and co-op program wanted to share their thoughts for all of you who are considering Pond for a student opportunity.
What do you look for in our student employees?
For our department, our most important criteria are that the student that fits the personality of our team.
- Are you willing to work the occasional additional hour to get the project done?
- Are you a little goofy and have a sense of humor?
- Do you work well in teams?
- Are you using this internship opportunity as just a resume booster?
Having experience with AutoCAD (2D) and Revit is a plus – our drafting does not utilize AutoDesk Inventor or Solidworks. For relevant courses, the following are useful but not critical for a co-op/intern: thermodynamics, heat transfer, systems dynamics and controls, and fluid mechanics. We understand that sophomores and juniors may have not taken these courses yet if they are looking for an internship early in their curriculum.
Personality fit and technical skills are definitely evaluated during the interview process. We are also like to see that students have leadership experience whether it’s from previous employment, fraternity and sorority organizations or in other extracurricular activities. Students with excellent communication skills are also well sought after given the nature of our business and the importance of communication.
Work experience (hands-on), lab classes, practical knowledge, welding/machining, etc. I like to look for students who are not afraid of working in extreme conditions.
How much does it help Pond when a student becomes a full-time employee?
Without a doubt, the internship/co-op programs are set up to help both students and Pond in filling open positions for entry level employees. Students with one or more rotations with Pond are valuable to Pond because we have already established a strong relationship with each other prior to their first day of full-time employment.
Our previous interns get a jump ahead of new hires. They start project work on Day 1 and have built a solid foundation in the industry.
Return students are well received. POND invests training time and support during the first term to make the student more efficient and productive in subsequent work assignments.