In order for the internship program to function and work
successfully, a number of rules and procedures have been developed.
The student is responsible to know and follow these rules. It
should be kept in mind that everything a student does reflects on
the student, the Welding Engineering Internship Program, and Ferris
- Students must be conscientious and work to the best of their
- Any serious employment difficulties, or serious
misunderstandings must be reported immediately to the intern
- Interns are required to comply with all conditions of
employment, including rules of the employer, federal, state, and
- The training site supervisor must be notified immediately in
the event the student is unable to report to work. If the absence
from work extends more than three days, the intern coordinator
must be notified.
- A student may not abandon a job! Employment can be terminated
only after consultation with both the intern coordinator and the
- Your status regarding financial aid, Veteran's benefits,
etc., is your responsibility, and you must check with any such
office prior to going out on the job.
- The internship experience is a paid work experience.
Typically hourly wages are commensurate with those of an incoming
engineer in training.
Penalties: Students who do not conform to the rules may receive
an unsatisfactory grade for the course and thereby jeopardize their
potential for graduation.
Getting The Most Out Of Your Internship
How can you get the most out
of your job? How can you succeed on the job? What can you do to
establish a good "on-the-job reputation?" The answers to these
questions are related. When you are able to answer one question you
will often find you will have an answer to another.
Before offering a number of
suggestions, we presume that as an employee you (1) want to do a
good job, and (2) are receptive to advice and criticism.
When you are new on a job, you
will have some latitude because you are a beginner, but don't count
on your period of grace lasting forever.
- Find out what your work is; what your responsibilities are.
- Be certain you understand when being given instructions.
- Know who can give you information, advice or help.
- Read the literature pertaining to your place of
- Read the instructions for operating equipment and
- Read and follow the company rules. They are usually posted.
If not - ask.
- Work as accurately, safely, and quickly as you can. Set high
standards for yourself.
- Learn from your mistakes. Don't try to cover up.
- Remember that most of your work will be routine - but
important. Do the routine things as capably as you do the more
complex and sophisticated work.
- Try to do more than you are required to do. Keep productively
- Observe everything. Watch how the "old hands" operate. Why
are some individuals more effective and efficient than
Later on, after you have been
around a while and have gained a measure of experience and stature,
many things will start to change. You'll find that others have
ambition, pride, jealousies, fears, hates, etc. You'll have to get
along with all kinds of people.
- Be tactful, don't offend others. Show respect and
- Be friendly. Avoid being aloof or over bearing.
- Avoid cliques, do not gossip, and do not be nosy.
- Be appreciative of advice and help.
- Be completely honest.
- Be considerate of others in all ways.
- Ask as few favors as possible. Restrain yourself from
borrowing, but offer your services often.
- Give praise or credit when they are due, but avoid false
- Be humble.
- Have confidence in your ideas. Present them at appropriate
- Do not show annoyance at criticism.
- Learn the art of friendly humor.