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Intern Insights: What Interns Had to Say About Their Experience at Lam

October 1, 2018

At Lam, we see our interns as future leaders. By providing programs for our interns to explore the industry, network with employees, and have some fun along the way, we attract the best and the brightest.

This summer, more than 150 interns joined us at our sites across the globe. They participated directly on projects that supported new product development and engaged in a schedule filled with fun activities. We caught up with a few of these interns to see what they had to say about their summer experience at Lam.

 

Collin Anderson
Supplier Engineering Intern
Fremont, California

What did you like best about your internship at Lam?
Lam is a big company and offered me exposure to different facets of engineering and business.

Reflecting on your internship, what was your favorite memory?
My favorite professional memory was learning about how complex and interconnected all the facets of business are and areas that I fit in. My favorite personal memory was going to Muir Woods with a couple of other interns.

What skills did you develop during your internship?
The most important skills I developed in my internship were the ability to critically think about engineering problems and the ability to communicate in industry terms.  Sitting in on meetings, reading documents, and interacting with coworkers was a great way to become acquainted with the industry lingo.

Describe your intern experience in a word or short phrase.
Varied, unpredictable, informative


 

 

Sonia Cheraga
Process Engineering Intern
Heverlee, Belgium

What did you like best about your internship at Lam?
Lam provided me with the opportunity to see the inner workings of a big company and understand how departments are organized.

Reflecting on your internship, what was your favorite memory?
When I first discovered the cleanroom, I was impressed by all the machines and tools. Additionally, I enjoyed the intern goodbye lunch.

What skills did you develop during your internship?
I learned how to be more confident in my work and take on more initiatives. I also explored my problem-solving skills, given that I was responsible for the outcomes of my projects.

Describe your intern experience in a word or short phrase.
Extensive learning and professional experience


 

 

James Merlo
Process Engineering Intern
Tualatin, Oregon

What did you like best about your internship at Lam?
Lam exposed me to a wide range of different career paths within the semiconductor industry. It was also refreshing to find that Lam promotes a good company culture and fosters connections among colleagues.

Reflecting on your internship, what was your favorite memory?
My favorite memory was presenting my summer work at the intern poster session and sharing my ideas with all the employees. I especially liked meeting some of the people who had written the papers that I had referenced on my poster as they were able to explain some of the holes in my understanding.

What skills did you develop during your internship?
The most important skills that I have developed are designing experiments and analyzing data to come up with conclusions and recommendations. I developed them by being plunged into this kind of work from the first week and being able to ask questions to my mentors when I got stuck.

Describe your intern experience in a word or short phrase.
Challenging and exciting


 

Mingxiu Sun
Mechanical Engineering Intern
Fremont, California

What did you like best about your internship at Lam?
I enjoyed the project that I worked on, as it provided high personal impact and great support from my manager and the team.

Reflecting on your internship, what was your favorite memory?
I found it exciting and rewarding to learn about both the technical and program management perspectives from my project. On a personal level, I found that many of my old friends from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have ended up living in the Bay Area. It was amazing to get to connect with them again.

What skills did you develop during your internship?
My program management skills and my communication through cross functional teams were strengthened during my internship.

Describe your intern experience in a word or short phrase.
California is a great place!


 

 

Dina Zheng
Global Talent Acquisition Intern
Fremont, California
What did you like best about your internship at Lam?
As an intern at Lam, I loved having a lot of exposure to the different facets, teams, and departments within the company. Furthermore, I loved the responsibilities and amazing projects that I had the opportunity to work on because they inspired and empowered me.

Reflecting on your internship, what was your favorite memory?
My favorite memory would be when I was invited to attend an offsite meeting by one of my managers to discuss and work on a hiring experience project. It was empowering to be the only intern invited and to be able to help my manager so extensively on this project. Additionally, I enjoyed lunch everyday with the interns. Being able to try new foods and share fun memories with them will always be a cherished time that I’ll remember forever.

What skills did you develop during your internship?
Some of the most important skills I’ve developed during this internship is being able to take initiative and manage my own time and workload. I have the wonderful opportunity to work on many projects and learn an immense amount from them however, in order for me to balance my workload, I needed to stay focused and prioritize projects to get them done.

Describe your intern experience in a word or short phrase.
Empowering


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