Name: Mariana Ontiveros

Hometown: Weston, Florida

What is your major? Mechanical engineering

Where did you intern? What was your role there? The Boeing Company. I was a materials & processes (M&P) engineering intern within a team of 21 interns working under one manager, Mark Henry.

How did you get your internship? I got my internship through the Great Minds in STEM Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Conference in Orlando, Florida, in September of 2019.

What advice do you have for those beginning the internship process? Don’t give up on the first try. I remember that, as a freshman, numerous companies would tell me, “Oh, we’re not hiring freshmen.” I would feel defeated. I kept trying until I found the company that did hire freshmen. Even if you’re not a freshman, keep on trying and if you really show passion about your career and you’re open to learning from new experiences, companies will see it.

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