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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

SCADA Intern

July 2021 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Learning more about networking, communications, and database administration (as this was not in my curriculum as an ME). Being able to see the Bay area while going to sites for work. There’s a good balance of desk-work and field-work. Truly inspiring to be a part of a team that is critical in providing essentials to the community.

What I wish was different

More assigned tasks and involvement with others - Covid made this difficult. In spite of the unprecedented times, it’s been a great experience. There’s a lot of information and it’s best/easiest to absorb that info while seeing things happen in-person, and many of our tests/meetings are virtual now due to covid. In lieu, there’s been a lot of reading/reviewing.

Advice

Be open to new things and don’t get discouraged if it takes a while to understand how everything works. This work is crucial and within many industries so whatever you learn will be applicable in many areas.
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Civil Engineering Intern

June - September 2019 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Great staff. Great union. Intern vacation hours

What I wish was different

Advice

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Project Pull Intern

June - August 2018 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

The people I worked with were really nice.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to find a position that was more related to my academic interests and that was less administrative.

Advice

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Information Technology Intern

June - September 2018 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Great team! Beautiful building!

What I wish was different

I wish commuting was easier

Advice

Get to know the other technicians. They are all generally knowledgeable and friendly individuals!
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Student Design Trainee

June - September 2018 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

I loved how willing the engineers were to teach me new things. I knew nothing about what they were doing going in, but at the end of the internship I could explain what electrical engineers at the SFPUC do and how it relates to the bigger picture in providing water, power, and sewer services to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Specifically, I liked how when I was given submittals to look over, they would go over it again with me afterward and explain what I did well, what I did poorly, why it mattered, and how I could do better next time.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have been given submittals earlier, as I learned the most from doing actual work like reviewing those. I also wish that I could have had the chance to work on a design project, but next time I intern I know what to ask for.

Advice

Be open to learning, but keep in mind that the career involves a lot of learning as well, so the engineers are learning as well.
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H&H Intern

June - August 2017 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Real experience in what im interested in

What I wish was different

Longer

Advice

Take initiative and ask to join projects youre interested in
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