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Caterpillar Inc.

Machine Operator

June - August 2018 • Boonville, MO

What I liked

I enjoyed the atmosphere and the people I worked with during my time there.

What I wish was different

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Revenue Analyst Intern

May - August 2018 • Peoria, IL

What I liked

Extremely supportive colleagues and managers. They have a great mentorship program and offer a lot of real-world, hands-on experience.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Take advantage of all company tours and networking events. You get to see a lot of cool product demonstrations and you can meet as many people as you want.
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Parallel Co-op Engineer

May 2018 • Champaign, IL

What I liked

I liked the flexibility in work hours/dates as well as the few trips we took to see factories and the interaction with a full-time engineer.

What I wish was different

I wish it was a more structured program with intern bonding events and getting to know more full-time employees in the company and such.

Advice

This experience is geared towards incoming sophomores and juniors and it is a phenomenal opportunity if you are looking to do CAD work!
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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Peoria, IL

What I liked

Very good intern program, lots of opportunities and great people

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Intern

May - July 2018 • Singapore, North Region

What I liked

Had the opportunity to do meaningful work as an intern and experience working for a large company in a new culture

What I wish was different

I wish the work place had been more stimulating.

Advice

Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and go above and beyond on your work!
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Product engineer

May - August 2018 • Peoria, IL

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

If offered, definitely accept.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

July 2017 - October 2018 • Schertz, TX

What I liked

Great company, very friendly environment

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Don't pass up the opportunity!
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Co-Op Engineering Intern

May 2018 • Peoria, IL

What I liked

I liked all of the opportunities that Cat offers to see other functions of the business. Large companies offer a great starting role because you can explore and job shadow many positions.

What I wish was different

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Data Analytics Intern

May 2018 • Champaign, IL

What I liked

The entire experience.

What I wish was different

Maybe if I was closer to home in Chicago over the summer.

Advice

Take every opportunity and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
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Corporate Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Waco, TX

What I liked

This was my first internship in the engineering field and I really enjoyed the diversity of the projects I handled. I switched between safety, design, logistics, and testing, which helped me hone in on what I really enjoyed the most.

What I wish was different

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Communications Intern

May - August 2018 • Corinth, MS

What I liked

Working at a smaller division for the Large Power Systems Division remanufacturing facilities allowed me to network a lot more than I would have been able to at a larger facility, such as the headquarters. They allowed me to work alongside a senior engineering team on a failure analysis as a side project, on top of my normal marketing duties.

What I wish was different

I wish corporate HR would have been more assistance with finding/providing housing or compensated me for driving an hour one-way to work each day.

Advice

Get out of your comfort zone and continuously try to challenge yourself. You can get as much out of an internship as you strive for.
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Design engineer parallel co-op

May 2018 • Peoria, IL

What I liked

learned a lot; had a lot of cool oportunities

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Engineering Intern - Performance Integration and Tool Automation

May 2018 • Mossville, IL

What I liked

I really liked working in the group I was in and being able to test controls software on machine.

What I wish was different

I wish I would’ve had another project to stay busy on besides what I found for myself.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to try something out, even if you don’t like it, it’ll be a great experience if you’re invested in it.
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Accounting intern

January - May 2017 • Peoria, IL

What I liked

Very well developed program, great benefits and plenty of different roles to experience

What I wish was different

Intern work experience varied a lot between roles. Some interns were swamped with work while others struggled to fill their time.

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Product Development Engineer Intern

May - August 2017 • Peoria, IL

What I liked

Great coworkers, interesting projects, large group of interns to interact with, opportunities to shadow, take on tasks outside of work group and see other parts of the company.

What I wish was different

Onboarding was a bit rough. It took a few weeks to get all access I needed to do my work. Can run out of work if you aren't proactively searching for things to do.

Advice

See as much of the company as you can and talk to as many people as you can. Being proactive and interactive will give you the best and most informative experience.
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HR corporate intern

May - August 2018 • Peoria, IL

What I liked

Great projects, company, and culture.

What I wish was different

One project was cancelled and time was wasted, but it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Advice

Often, the best way to learn quickly is to connect with other people, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. Also, understand that you’re probably not the only one or the first one to be working on what you’re working on (unless of course you’re at a start up), so seek to understand context: past work, current work, how you fit into the puzzle.
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Inventory Records Analyst

July - September 2018 • Decatur, IL

What I liked

Loved getting experience in the corporate environment. Got to see a lot of the inventory system improvements that I made get used by leaders in Caterpillar.

What I wish was different

Advice

Coworkers really appreciate it when an intern is ready to work hard and do more than expected.
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Engineering intern

May 2018 • Tucson, AZ

What I liked

I liked the company’s chill environment and how everyone is very friendly and willing to help

What I wish was different

Nothing I could think of. Everything was great

Advice

Show them that you’re hard working, willing to learn and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
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Procurement Intern

May - August 2018 • Peoria, IL

What I liked

I loved that my supervisor allowed me to tell him what I wanted to do, what I was interested in, and then he chose projects that I could do or assist with that he thought would align with my likes and interests.

What I wish was different

I wish Caterpillar had more locations in Michigan, so I could stay closer to home.

Advice

Really get to know the other interns! I lived in Caterpillar's provided housing and met a lot of interns at the mixers thrown by the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. It was the best way to make friends!
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