Georgia Brown wanted more than a summer internship, so when she had the opportunity to join MECOP, she jumped at it. 

MECOP is a prestigious, Oregon industry-sponsored program places students in a pair of paid six-month internships with some of the biggest firms in the Northwest. For example, Brown was placed at the Daimler Trucks North America headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

“The most appealing thing about it was the fact that I would graduate with a year’s worth of work experience in my major,” Brown said. “I’m not exactly sure what I want to do once I’m out of college and having the chance to work for some of the most competitive companies in the Northwest is a great way to find out.”

As a project management intern in the Daimler IT Finance department, Brown worked as an analyst for her group, bringing together research from different sources to create easy-to-comprehend reports on a variety of topics.

“Throughout my internship, I developed the department’s Sharepoint site, created a customer relationship database in Access, and aworked on documenting and learning TM1,” she said. “My knowledge of IT in general has improved and developed way more than I ever thought it would.”

Beyond the valuable real-life experience, Brown said her internship  helped her learn more about what she wants out of her own career.

“I’ve talked to students before who are hesitant to do an internship because they don’t know if they would enjoy that field, but I think this is the best way to try different career options and see what works for you,” she said.

If you are interested in learning more about MECOP, click here or make an appointment at the Career Success Center.