Peter Davis '12
Employer: Exelon Nuclear, Three Mile Island, Harrisburg, PA
Internship Title: Engineering Response Team Intern
Describe your duties:
I worked with engineers of various disciplines on plant projects. My main project was to design and document a starter circuit for an oil lift pump. I worked on environmental regulations and learned about the basic heat cycle of a nuclear power plant.
What did you enjoy most about your internship?
The thing I enjoyed most about my internship was the broad spectrum of jobs that I got to shadow. Being on a team with engineers of other disciplines, I was able to see a broader range of work than just electrical-specific jobs. Exelon did a great job of making sure I was constantly working or shadowing others while they worked.
What did you enjoy least about your internship?
The thing I enjoyed least about my internship was the in-processing procedures. In order to work in a nuclear facility, there is a background check, personality test, and safety training and testing. The up side to those things is that I only had to do them once and they only take two or three days.
What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?
The most difficult aspect of my internship was keeping up with terminology and lingo around the office. Everything in the plant had an acronym. While that was annoying at times, everyone was really good about explaining what acronyms stood for and answering any questions that I had.
How did your experience at Bucknell prepare you for your internship? How did your internship prepare you for a career?
Bucknell prepared me for my internship by providing me with an education that I could build upon. While information is power, it is unreasonable to think that Bucknell can teach me everything there is to know about electrical engineering or engineering in general. In this same way, my internship provided me with a definition for the term 'career.' It confirmed that I enjoy what I'm studying and that I should continue to pursue jobs in the field of engineering.
What recommendations do you have for other students considering doing an internship?
I think it's essential to have an internship to fully understand what to look for in a career or even a major. Internships will provide you with amazing experiences that you cannot receive in class.