“I have already learned so much at Alcoa! The projects are very visual and hands-on. In my third week, I participated in a Kaizen event for the Tandem Mill. A group of about 10 people spent four days reviewing and updating standardized work, as well as identifying safety issues and improvement ideas. Everyone was extremely helpful when I asked about a million questions. That is an industrial engineer’s dream come true.
The Alcoa culture is amazing. I feel very welcome and the office atmosphere is calm and happy. My boss has given me projects that she knows won’t be too overwhelming and will use the knowledge I learned in school. She also realizes that this is my summer break and wants me to have fun during the internship.
All nine interns volunteered a day at Habitat for Humanity. This was a great experience to get to know the other interns, get out of the office and help the community. Painting and landscaping were really fun and we were happy to help. Most of all, we felt proud to be wearing Alcoa t-shirts while we were volunteering.
This internship has been inspiring. Seeing how the operators, staff, supervisors and managers all work together to produce a flawless product is amazing. The experience I have gained, as well as just being an adult ‘for the first time,’ is something I would not ever give up. I don’t think I could have been given a better experience this summer.”