What is the name of the company and your internship position?
Mimi Liu: I am completing my internship with Cazenovia College's facilities department, where I am helping to create AutoCAD drawings.
Can you describe your position and some of your daily tasks?
ML: My position is very flexible, allowing me the opportunity to do different projects. My daily tasks include update the existing plans by measuring and recording dimensions of campus spaces. I also take picture of these spaces and develop building plans using AutoCAD in appropriate layers.
One of the projects that I worked on was to record measurements of all the dimensions of Hubbard Hall's main floor and basement. The College has a very old floor plan for Hubbard, so I am in the process of measuring the building and developing a new floor plan for the facilities department.
How did you land your internship?
ML: My professor Elizabeth Moore helped to set up this internship. The manager of the facility department had asked my professor to develop a few new floor plans and update the existing plans and Professor Moore thought this would be a great learning opportunity for me. Professor Moore also provides me with a lot of helped me a lot during the internship and is a great mentor.
What did you learn from your internship experience?
ML: Since my work hours are flexible, planning my schedule became a little difficult for me. At first I was waiting for my supervisors to email me and tell me my tasks, and I pushed the work to the last minute. After midterms, I found out I was behind on my hours and I quickly learned how to arrange my schedule. It was a great lesson in time management and organization.
The second thing I learned from my internship is how to improve my AutoCAD skills and how to take effective notes. At first I had very messy notes with all of the dimensions for the building, so when I would start to develop a floor plan, it was a little confusing. This led to me to re-measure some of the spaces. I realized this quickly and learned to make my notes clearer, which made the process of developing a floor plan is much easier and less time-consuming.
Has it changed your plans or career choice when you leave college?
ML: I still want to be an interior designer. I am mostly interested in contract and residential design, but I learned a lot through my internship.
Did you enjoy your internship?
ML: Yes, this has been a very good experience! My supervisors are nice and they gave me a lot of help. They taught me a lot of things along the way. Professor Moore reviewed my floor plans and gave me some suggestions and advice before I turned them in. I also liked the flexible schedule.
Do you have any advice to students who are looking for an internship or why it is important?
ML: If you do not have transportation, it does not mean you cannot have a meaningful internship experience. Your faculty and the campus community will help you find a meaningful experience close by. Don’t let this limit your opportunities.