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Poon Jeun Lek, an Electrical Engineering undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, shares his internship at ST Engineering. 

Q: How would you describe the experience?

Personally, at the start, I was quite overwhelmed by the high expectations I felt upon entering the company premises. However, as I spent more time in the office, my fears and anxieties gradually faded away, and I became more comfortable in my work environment.

When I was assigned my first task, I was a bit intimidated, thinking I had to know every single aspect of the tools needed to complete the assignments. Fortunately, my supervisor was very supportive and provided me with guidance and assistance every step of the way.

Q: What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I found several aspects of my internship enjoyable: the collaborative work culture, and the opportunity to explore various methods for solving complex problems. My supervisor and colleagues at ST Engineering’s Defence Aerospace business area exhibited patience and hospitality, and I enjoyed the open discussions with them. Beyond work, I connected with colleagues on a personal level and discovered more about their life experiences and professional journeys.

Q: Was the overall experience beneficial to you?

Reflecting on my internship, I gained valuable knowledge about the organisation, got hands-on experience with different technologies, and improved both my technical and interpersonal skills.

Q: What advice would you give to future interns at ST Engineering?

In my experience, I've found that the most effective way to access opportunities is by being open and vocal with those around you. Be proactive, initiate conversation during lunch or work, with a colleague or fellow intern. You'll eventually gain confidence to engage with colleagues in higher positions!

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