Working Wildcats - Mimi Liu
We interviewed interior design major, Mimi Liu, about her internship with Cazenovia College's facilities department. Originally from China, Liu moved to the United States in 2011. Liu chose to attend Cazenovia College because she liked what she learned about Caz's interior design program, and she enjoyed the beautiful campus and small class sizes. During her time at Caz, her passion for interior design has continue to grow, and she has taken advantage of the opportunities available to her here, learning new skills with each experience.
  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.