Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For six weeks of the summer I had the privilege to work as an intern for EMC Corporation in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. The division I was working at was the first dedicated research and development center in South America. Our focus was on collaborating with large oil and gas companies to reduce the costs of finding and drilling new oil sites. This was done through data analysis and applying new technologies to modernize the search process. This allows the companies to be more confident on where and how they drill and thus reducing costs. However, the R&D department as a whole is about much more than that. Their goal, and mine as well, was to develop new ways to support the growth of the City of Rio through big data analysis.
In the summer of 2013 I had my first internship experience related to my field of study. I was an intern at Web Industries for 10 weeks, working in their facility located in Holliston 20 minutes south of Boston. This company works with flexible materials in cooperation with other companies (Web Industries costumers), developing projects that improve the final products quality.
My main responsibility was sample analysis but also process optimization opportunities detection. Therefore, a lot of the time I was at the Gordon College labs studying technical articles or using the many analysis methods like the atomic force microscope or the scanning electron microscope. It was a great experience and I am sure that everything I learnt in the meetings or in the laboratories with this internship will help me in the future.
Class of 2014
This past summer I was an intern for Partner's In Development (PID). For a month of my summer, I was placed in San Antonio, Guatemala for be a water filter intern. On the outskirts of the town San Antonio, there are a number of different villages containing many impoverish homes. Many of the homes in these villages lack a source of clean water for the families to drink, wash, and cook. PID has built a clinic in one of there villages where they give medical care and create slow-sand water filters. I assisted PID in the making of slow-sand water filters, directing missions groups in the fabrication of the filters, and placing the filters into the homes of families in need of clean water.
The second half of my internship was located at PID's headquarter's in Ipswich, MA. I was an assistant in the office who specialized in researching and documenting ways to better implement the water filter project on the ground in Guatemala and PID's other location in Haiti. From be on the ground in Guatemala and at the headquarters, I was able to observe and be a component in the functioning of a non-profit organization.