Gaucho Summer Experience Spotlight: Chelsea Martinez

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Name: Chelsea Martinez

Major: Chemical Engineering

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Employer: Intel Corporation

1. Briefly describe a typical day at your internship/research/volunteer experience, such as the type of training you received or project you worked on. Any highlights or favorite moments? 

I worked on the Ultra-Pure Water systems that feed into Intel’s labs and photomask fab. I was in charge of managing the system assets, creating preventative maintenance procedures, and monitoring the system’s disturbance variables. My favorite moment was when I got to be onstage for the televised NASDAQ Market Bell Ceremony that Intel did for their 50th Anniversary. I got to meet the CEO of Intel and the EVP of NASDAQ!

2. How did this experience help you to explore and prepare for your career goals? (i.e. consider the biggest take-away(s) or skills from the experience that will help you in the future; or valuable connections you made along the way).

One of the most important skills I learned from my experience was the importance of being assertive. When you’re in charge of your own project, it’s up to you to set your own goals and deadlines and to make sure that you get the support, directions, and resources you need from others.

3. What did you learn most about yourself or about the position that you did not know before after taking part in it?

I learned that, even in a technical engineering job, you need to know how to talk to people. I had often heard before that teamwork skills are important in the workplace, but I didn’t realize just how much of an engineer’s day-to-day is spent in meetings with managers, technicians, vendors, and other engineers.

4. What 1-2 pieces of advice would you give to fellow Gauchos to help them find and apply to this specific internship/research/volunteer position?

1. Network, network, network! I got this job and a few of my other positions by knowing someone at the company and making a good impression. Career fairs and info sessions are great ways to make connections. You never know who could open the next door to a future opportunity!

2. Practice interviewing. While first impressions are helpful, interviewing has a much larger effect on a company’s decision to hire you. Start applying to internships/jobs early in your college career so you can get a lot of practice. Ask your parents, friends, professors, or career counselors to do mock interviews with you. Always study for your interview by researching the company and the position.  Good luck out there!

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