Intern Spotlight with Chip

Intern Spotlight with Chip

Chip Bollendonk Mechanical Engineer and Syncroness Intern Graduate

Chip Bollendonk
Mechanical Engineer and Syncroness Intern Graduate

The goal of an internship experience is often to “get your feet wet” in an interesting field or company. As a Syncroness intern, I think I got sufficiently “soaked!” I’d like to tell you a bit about my experience as an intern, and why I chose to continue working at Syncroness post-graduation.

Why Syncroness?

I interned at Syncroness during the summer of 2016. I’m currently finishing my MS in Mechanical Engineering, and want to go into product design after graduating in May 2017. Syncroness interested me because of its diverse project portfolio, emphasis on working with clients, and dedication to its employees. When the Syncroness Internship Program Committee offered me a position, I happily agreed!

The Intern Experience

Summer 2016 was the first year of the official Syncroness Intern Program, with two interns (one mechanical engineer and one embedded systems engineer) and a small committee of full-time engineers to support us. The internship program aimed to help us meet Syncronites throughout the organization, learn how the company works, and get our hands dirty with real projects. Within the first week, I think I thoroughly experienced all three of these goals! Immediately, I felt like a genuinely included and appreciated member of the Syncroness team.

Throughout the summer, I worked on a handful of different projects for different customers. But most of my time was spent as the sole mechanical engineer on one particular project (a smaller project for Syncroness), working closely with a project manager and account manager to design and prototype a consumer appliance.

At the beginning of the consumer appliance project, I got a taste of Syncroness Systems Engineering by developing product requirements and use cases. Then I used SolidWorks to design new parts and assemblies to interface with client CAD models, and prototyped the design with in-house and out-of-house fabrication methods. By having so much responsibility on this project, I was better able to learn and grow as an engineer and Syncroness employee. I especially learned how to work with engineers from other disciplines to help me understand components of the project that I wasn’t familiar with.

The Best Part

My favorite aspect of working as a Syncroness intern was being a bona fide part of the Syncroness community. I participated in community service events, outreach, and of course the company parties! Being embraced as an intern is what really led me to pursuing a full-time position at Syncroness after I graduate in May.

So, come May 2017, I will graduate and begin my time as a full-fledged Syncroness engineer. Equally as exciting, the Internship Program will continue on with four interns (Mechanical Engineering, Embedded Systems, Software Engineering, and Marketing/Sales) this summer.

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