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Consumers Energy

Gas Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Saginaw, MI

What I liked

I had a lot to do and I felt like my assigned project allowed me to actually make a difference at the company. The people at Consumers Energy were amazing and I believe that's what made my experience so great.

What I wish was different

Being partially remote was difficult at times after doing it so long with school. However, I understood the reasoning for it and I did my best to adjust.

Advice

For others planning to work at Consumers, I'd say don't ever be scared to ask for help. Every person I worked under/alongside was more than willing to teach me and wanted to see me succeed. It was a great feeling being surrounded by supportive coworkers. Another piece of advice is to take advantage of all the opportunities to see different sites, projects, etc.
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LVD Planning Co-Operative Assistant

May - August 2021 • Cadillac, MI

What I liked

I had a mentor to walk me through everything, which was very helpful. I could also ask anyone in my small group (~8 people) about any other questions I had. This position was a mix of field work and office work, which was a very nice balance for me.

What I wish was different

I do wish we had a better opportunity to be in person, but that was due to COVID. There were a few occasions where I also had a bit more direction with how to complete a tasks.

Advice

This might be applicable to multiple companies, but two things: get field experience where possible, and interning at a larger company sets you up for success. Field experiences are much more helpful to teaching, and when you intern at a large company, you have a lot more flexibility as to which role you end up (ie if in 6 years you want to try a different part of the industry its easy to switch).
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - August 2021 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

The freedom to learn about a lot of different opportunities within the utility industry.

What I wish was different

Heavier workload

Advice

Advocate for yourself and ask leaders if you can assist in projects that interest you!
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Assistant Project Manager

May - August 2019 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

I had a blast working as a Gas Intern. The company fostered an environment that supported career learning. People and programs were welcoming to teach what they know and involve you in their work.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Cooperative assistant

May 2019 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

The emphasis on safety, impowerment (every employee from intern to ceo has valid thoughts), protecting the environment, and giving back to the community (volunteer opportunities).

What I wish was different

I wish I would have applied in freshman/sophomore year.

Advice

Go in with the goal of learning and developing new skills and experiences.
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Project Management Intern

May - August 2019 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

Very diverse and professional environment. Fast paced, many projects, many opportunities to travel.

What I wish was different

Work life balance is very bad. Wish I had more free time to do other important things.

Advice

Set aside everything else your doing when working here, and take full advantage of all of the learning and growing opportunities they present!
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Cooperative Assistant

June 2020 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

It was a new learning experience from last summer

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to go on site

Advice

Ask questions when you have them!
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Information Technology Intern

May - August 2019 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

I liked the culture of the company the most. Everybody is helpful and wants you to succeed.

What I wish was different

I wish I had heard more from them between when I got an offer and a couple weeks before I started working.

Advice

It is a good place to begin your career, but try to learn as many skills that can help in school/down the road during your time there.
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Real Estate Intern

May - August 2019 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

It gave me experience in a corporate office setting

What I wish was different

nothing i really enjoyed it!

Advice

say yes more than you say no. i went on a lot of jobs in different cities over the summer and as a result i got a ton of new connections
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Generation Design Intern

May - August 2019 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

Consumers sets up many opportunities for interns to explore the company and network.

What I wish was different

It's a lot of driving!

Advice

It is what you make of it. There are many opportunities to do cool things and experience different parts of the company but you have to seek them out. Don't be afraid to reach out to people in different areas of the company.
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Industrial Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

Very progressive company, always improving with customers as main focus and values employees.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Saginaw, MI

What I liked

Awesome company, great culture, good pay

What I wish was different

N/a

Advice

Be open to new experiences and ask a lot of questions
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Co operative Assistant

June - August 2019 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

Great staff, very friendly and open to conversation and suggestions. Flexible work hours and timelines.

What I wish was different

Perhaps joining a different department than what I was assigned. Not that they were terrible, my interests just lined with work other departments were doing.

Advice

enjoy your time and take part in the intern challenges.
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Cyber Security Co-Operative Assistant

May 2019 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

Friendly and encouraging co-workers

What I wish was different

More of a heads up about when my start day was

Advice

Go in with the intention to learn as much as possible and be positive
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Low Voltage Distribution Planning Intern

May - August 2019 • Traverse City, MI

What I liked

The company culture was very kind. Everyone that I interacted with was very friendly and enjoyed their job. The pay was competitive, and I learned a lot about the power utility industry through my tasks.

What I wish was different

I wish I was given more meaningful projects. The work I did was monotonous and not very productive. I was able to learn a lot from exposure to the industry, but my actual work was not very meaningful.

Advice

If you become an intern at Consumers, take advantage of their intern events and network with people. I wish I had taken more time to talk to more people about their role at Consumers. You could probably spend a few days job shadowing different roles as well.
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Electrical Design Engineer

May - August 2019 • Alma, MI

What I liked

Getting hands on experience.

What I wish was different

Had a different boss.

Advice

Don't be afraid to look at different aspects of the company. There is no wrong answer.
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Cooperative Assistant in Supply Chain Material Services

May 2018 • Jackson, MI

What I liked

I had an incredible time at Consumers Energy over the summer. I got to do a lot of traveling and see a lot of the company that most people that have been there for many years have not even seen. My team was incredibly helpful and supportive along the way as well as my supervisor. I could not have asked for a better place to do a summer internship. Highly recommended.

What I wish was different

I wish they could make full time offers earlier when other companies recruiting at WMU are making offers :(

Advice

APPLY! You never know what could happen!!!
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Project Engineering Internship

May 2018 • Manchester, MI

What I liked

I loved working on a small design team. Consumers Energy paired me with a mentor and other engineers I could relate to and learn from in a smaller setting, on a day to day basis.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more opportunities to work with other interns.

Advice

This internship is truly what you make of it. Go out of your way to make connections and reach out to shadow people in different roles and departments. I was given this advice at the start of my internship and taking it has helped me learn more and gain a more well rounded view of the company.
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Electrical Engineering Intern

May 2018 • Flint, MI

What I liked

The co workers and the style of work I was doing

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

They are a very good company with fair compensation to work for and hold work life balance as an important value .
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Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • Essexville, MI

What I liked

Good hours and good pay/benefits

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more structure to the position

Advice

You'll need to be proactive in finding things to do and solving the problems you are assigned.
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