My name is Kara Goldberg. I’m a senior Electrical Engineering student at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. This past summer, I had the opportunity to work as an intern at Medtronic, the largest standalone medical technology development company. I worked as a manufacturing intern at one of Medtronic’s many branches in the Minneapolis/Twin Cities region.
This internship was an amazing opportunity. Medtronic did an excellent job of welcoming interns into the company. They provided a number of classes, labs, networking events, tours, and even parties. The learning curve at Medtronic was steep (so many acronymns!), but the end result was rewarding. I learned a great deal both about Medtronic, and real world engineering. My day to day activities would vary. Sometimes I would be on the manufacturing line or attend meetings and other times I would be doing documentation and learning about ESDA procedures. My favorite thing was the exposure I got to all the different areas of the company. I wasn’t stuck at my desk all day doing the same thing over and over again! My manager encouraged me to pursue any opportunities that sounded interesting to me. From working on projects with various other engineers, to touring other branches of the company, I was able to get a big picture look at what Medtronic is really about.
Taking advantage of this opportunity, even though it was outside of my area of expertise, provided me with one of the most entertaining and interesting summers of my life. The connections I made and the things I learned will last a lifetime!