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ABEC, Inc.

Mechanical Design

June 2020 • Bethlehem, PA

What I liked

The people at ABEC are phenomenal. It is truly an excellent learning experience and I have become a better engineer because of it. The internship was designed so that we would all have individual intern projects that we were expected to complete by the summer. We had a manager that we worked directly under and would regularly meet with them about the project. I got to create a new system standard to their current motor assemblies so I could tell there was a vested interest by the department in what I was doing and it wasn't just use work given to me. Even though there was one manager directly assigned to manage my project, It didn't stop me from talking to everyone else there if I needed help, in our outside the department. They truly treated the interns like new hires and showed us the ropes! I enjoyed it so much so that I continued working as an intern there part time well into December. If you are a mechanical engineer/ bioengineer and want a really good internship where you are making a difference and learning a lot, apply to ABEC!

What I wish was different

The only difference I would have liked is directly tied to being an intern during COVID. Apparently they usually do more professional development events in normal years where the interns get to know each other and network with other people outside of their department but that could not happen due to the virus. This did not detract from my experience in the slightest.

Advice

The mechanical design internship is pretty technical. Know CAD (specifically Inventor) and know it well. Have a general knowledge about how bioreactors work. Look at other positions at ABEC too. Their project engineer and product management positions are also interesting! Do not be afraid to ask questions. There is no such thing as a dumb question. However, at the same time, recognize that you should do due diligence and actively find an answer on your own and hit a road block and THEN ask one of your coworkers.
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Product Development R&D Intern

May - August 2019 • Easton, PA

What I liked

I did a lot of hands on work and got to actually do work that affected the company. Since the company is small, I got to have an impact and interact with major company members.

What I wish was different

Better pay. This is a really low paying job for an engineering internship! Also, there was an imbalance of work assignments across a gendered divide. Guys got more work than girls. A lot of people there don't like their job, so that something a lot about this company.

Advice

Working at a smaller company can be really good for your career! Companies always ask me about my experience at ABEC and I can talk about it much more intelligently than other people from other companies because I didn't have to flourish anything on my resume.
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Product Engineer Intern

May - August 2017 • Bethlehem, PA

What I liked

I gained so much hands-on experience in the manufacturing and development areas. They treated the interns as full-time engineers and we were doing the same kind of work that the full-time engineers do so we learned a lot about how things work in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.

What I wish was different

It might have been easier if they made the interns’ roles more defined and structured, as we were all doing all kinds of roles throughout the summer depending on what comes up and what interns are available. However, as I mentioned before, this helped me gain a well-rounded experience by exposing me to different aspects of single-use systems manufacturing.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions since you are definitely going to come across a lot of road blocks. You are just an intern and some of the things you will be doing for the first time can be overwhelming and need some training by a current employee. Reach out to your peer interns and the full-time employees and ask for help whenever needed.
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