College internships can land students in interesting places. Two University of Southern Mississippi doctoral students, Dave Krzeminski and Nadine Lippa, earned internships at Adidas headquarters in Germany. And with two earlier internships under his belt, Mississippi State University electrical engineering student Hagan Walker landed an internship this past summer with Tesla, a California-based automotive and energy Storage Company that designs, manufactures, and sells electric cars, electric vehicle power train components and battery products.
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Walker, who recently graduated from MSU, recommends students start applying for internships early in their college career. He had two earlier internships that led up to being able to land the dream internship with Tesla.
“I think it is an incredible experience to be able to go work in the real world and see how things actually do play out, how you have to work in teams with other people,” Walker said.
“It opened up a lot of doors for me. I think the important thing is if you know what you want to do in school, apply for internships as early as possible. I started with EcoCar at MSU where students get to work on making vehicles more energy efficient. Start early, get into a field and see if you like it. That is what an internship is for. If it is not what you expected, then try again.”
Walker was originally computer engineering major. But after the EcoCar internship, he decided to pursue a career in the automotive field.
Internships look impressive on a resume when applying for jobs, and sometimes result in a job offer from the company where the student interned.
Walker said going back to work with Tesla would be amazing.
“The company treats its employees well and has a great product,” Walker said.
“Tesla will be increasingly successful in the coming years, and it would be great to be a part of that. But it also opens other opportunities.