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    Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    We live in the Cedar Rapids area and I am looking for a summer engineering internship-type opportunity for my high schooler (senior to be). There are plenty of internships out there for college kids, but he is passionate and wants to get involved now to gain any experience he can. Good student (~4.10 gpa), NHS, student council, robotics team captain, serves on a couple of school advisory boards, etc..... primary interested in Mechanical Engineering at this time, but he is young and looking to gain any knowledge and insight he can to help guide his journey.

    If anyone knows of something in the CR area for a person under 18 in the engineering arena, please PM me and I will get back to you. Pay is not required -- he really wants the experience and would gladly work all summer for free if that's what it takes to get involved.



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    Tell him to talk to his school counselor. Kirkwood has a program for stuff like that. I did one at KCRG but there were numerous others at places like Rockwell.



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    Not sure if you have friends at Rockwell or Quaker, but I am sure someone there would take him under his wing. Maybe contact HR or as wxman said, his counselor. May be worth looking at ADM too.



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    side rant - whoever allowed over 4.0 GPAs makes no sense.

    GPAs are near meaningless because so few even get less than a 3.0 in high school now..



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneluke80 View Post
    side rant - whoever allowed over 4.0 GPAs makes no sense.

    GPAs are near meaningless because so few even get less than a 3.0 in high school now..
    It is all the AP classes. Nothing is worse than CR Wash and CR Kennedy both giving out a crap ton of valedictorian and salutatorian titles. They at least used to classify it as anyone above x gets valedictorian and anyone between y and x get salutatorian. Same thing as giving out a bunch of participatory trophies imo.



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    I have friends who did a program at Rockwell a couple years ago in high school and enjoyed it. I also know Quaker has done stuff with high school students in the past.



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    One of the best things you could do would get him a gig working as a laborer on a construction crew. Not sure what the union shops allow these days. I don't think Ratje is union and may hire young laborers still. If he wants to be ME, a gig at Modern Piping or Bowker in the office (I think they are union shops and may not let young people work without all the hassle) doing estimating and other errands would be an eye-opener.
    On a similar track--a bike mechanic shop is a great place for young people to tinker and learn some real ME applications.



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    I would go a different route and maybe suggest a community college course in a programming language like C++. Seems like the college engineering students are just expected to do homework in something like that or MATLAB without much or any instruction.



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    He can remote connect to my username at work and take on any projects that look interesting. He won't be paid and I'll take credit for the projects he completes, but experience is experience.



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    Quote Originally Posted by carvers4math View Post
    I would go a different route and maybe suggest a community college course in a programming language like C++. Seems like the college engineering students are just expected to do homework in something like that or MATLAB without much or any instruction.
    +1



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    Quote Originally Posted by carvers4math View Post
    I would go a different route and maybe suggest a community college course in a programming language like C++. Seems like the college engineering students are just expected to do homework in something like that or MATLAB without much or any instruction.
    I like the idea of getting introduced to programming, but taking a course can be dicey. Without a legitimate use for the tool, a student won't truly learn or understand it. Writing "hello world"-type programs only teaches students to regurgitate syntax, not learn how to problem solve. Unfortunately, finding a good use/need by-which to learn a programming language can be difficult.


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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    I went through this at that age -
    Kirkwood Community College - Workplace Learning Connection
    I think its what wxman1 is referencing.
    I worked/shadowed/interned at Rockwell and the whole process (application, interview panel, etc) I think turned out to be quite beneficial. Maybe 50/50 on finding a paid spot, or less, mine wasn't but the experience definitely helped. I got to see a lot of EE/CprE stuff, but I think the best part for me was they put me in their solder training course.
    YMMV as I think it depends on what you put in and some luck on the matchup you get.



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    Quote Originally Posted by Warder60 View Post
    I went through this at that age -
    Kirkwood Community College - Workplace Learning Connection
    I think its what wxman1 is referencing.
    I worked/shadowed/interned at Rockwell and the whole process (application, interview panel, etc) I think turned out to be quite beneficial. Maybe 50/50 on finding a paid spot, or less, mine wasn't but the experience definitely helped. I got to see a lot of EE/CprE stuff, but I think the best part for me was they put me in their solder training course.
    YMMV as I think it depends on what you put in and some luck on the matchup you get.
    That is exactly the place I was thinking of. I knew people that interned with WMT, Rockwell, other engineering places, non-profits and many others. From what I remember basically how it works is Kirkwood works with the companies and groups to get positions. Once they publish students can apply. If they get through the first hoop they are brought in for a group interview with other students that are not going for the same position (if I remember right there were 4 or 5 of us at a time) with interviewers from various places. The questions were very broad and in retrospect the whole process is set up and designed to be similar to a real job application process. After the interview they must have just given the company their stamp of approval and if said company accepted you got a letter with more info.

    It is not just go work. You had to put in so many hours through the summer, go through a booklet (essentially homework) that had questions to ask your mentor to help you get to know the job and what not. There were also group sessions you had to attend with the Kirkwood organizer to go through professional conduct, what you have learned, how does this all apply etc.

    It really can open up new doors. After that summer I stayed on as an intern at KCRG for several years and still stay in touch with those that are on the weather team there. I know of others that interned at Rockwell that stayed on or went back there as well. My "duties" ranged from helping prepare the weather stuff for the newspaper, news casts, internet, helping with severe weather coverage (my favorite) and other normal intern ***** work.

    What school does he go to?



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    Maybe I'm being a dick. But at 18, he shouldn't have to rely on his dad to find him a job. Welcome to the real world son.



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    Re: Looking for summer engineering opportunity for high schooler

    Quote Originally Posted by crawfy54 View Post
    Maybe I'm being a dick. But at 18, he shouldn't have to rely on his dad to find him a job. Welcome to the real world son.
    You had one thing correct in this post.

    Networking is the key to finding any job, and your parents count in your network.



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