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Spotlight On: 2019 John Crane Summer Interns — Part 1

July 9, 2019 | 5 minute read

 

Today we are introducing the first part in our spotlight series on the 2019 John Crane Summer Internship Program. John Crane’s Internship Program has been operating for more than 19 years, with the mission to recruit, train, mentor and inspire a generation of professionals by introducing them to the engineering industry and supporting their professional goals. The John Crane Internship Program offers students the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals who help in not only shaping their knowledge, but also their professional futures.

The Program duration is held over the course of eight to 12 weeks, typically beginning at the end of May and running until the end of August. Aside from being immersed in their respective fields, interns also participate in array of career building and professional workshops such as LinkedIn and resume courses, and networking and philanthropy events.

This summer, John Crane is fortunate to have 15 interns. As part of our commitment to fostering their professional careers, we will spotlight each intern in this three-part series.

Read the following Q&As with our interns to learn more about them, what projects they’ll be working on this summer and why they chose John Crane, as well as some fun facts and hidden talents.

Rohit Singh ― Chicago, IL

Rohit is currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a focus on strategy and analytics, and is a business development intern at John Crane.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working with the Corporate Strategy & Business Development team, assisting them on their long-term, strategic vision for the organization.

Why did you choose John Crane?

I was fortunate enough to have more than one summer internship opportunity; however, John Crane offered me the chance to work in an industry which was new to me, and I found that very exciting. My current role allows me to focus on organization-wide strategy, and not just a small part of the business. Furthermore, the exposure to senior leadership, and the opportunity to work with and learn from John Crane’s strategy and business development team seemed way too good to pass up. Additionally, it is in Chicago!

What is one thing you hope to take away from your internship?

I’d like to develop my strategic thinking muscle by way of solving critical business problems.

Upon graduation, what career path do you plan to take?

I’d like to do exactly what I’m doing now!

Share a fun fact about yourself.

I have read all the Harry Potter books and watched the movies several times over.

What is your favorite summer activity/hobby?

I’m currently working on increasing my running mileage. I used to run half marathon distances easily; however, I had to take a break due to injury, and I’m finally able to work toward reaching that level of fitness again.



Shakaib Mohammed ― Trafford Park, Manchester, UK

Shakaib is currently a student at the University of Liverpool, in Liverpool, England majoring in mechanical engineering. Shakaib is an engineering intern at John Crane.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on: test lab storage, propane rig upgrade, and MLS viscosity testing.

Why did you choose John Crane?

John Crane’s reputation was certainly a factor in my decision. I’m thrilled to be working for a company that has such a long history of leadership in the sealing industry.

The company’s focus on creating innovative technology solutions, such as the world’s first automotive mechanical seal in 1949, as well as the revolutionary dry gas seal, excites me because I love the idea of helping to develop cutting-edge technology.

What is one thing you hope to take away from your internship?

This internship is providing me with invaluable skills and experience that I am gaining every day from working with John Crane’s professional engineers.

Upon graduation, what career path do you plan to take?

I hope to come back to John Crane. I believe this will help me grow as a mechanical engineer by taking on new challenges and learning from the best engineers.

What is your favorite summer activity/hobby?

I love playing football; however, I have long history of knee injuries, and have been recommended by my doctor to find a new sport. I swim every week and play table tennis, badminton and basketball. I am always up for trying new sports or activities!



Jake Fierle Jake Fierle ― Chicago, IL

Jake is currently a student at The Ohio State University majoring in finance. Jake is a finance intern at John Crane.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working across various departments in finance to help with different aspects of John Crane’s ongoing financial projects.

Why did you choose John Crane?

I chose John Crane because I wanted to try something new—working for such an innovative engineering company sounded very interesting to me. In addition, this internship will give me the tools I need to further develop my financial knowledge.

What is one thing you hope to take away from your internship?

With this internship, I’d like to narrow my focus on what aspect of finance I want to pursue in the future.

Upon graduation, what career path do you plan to take?

I’m still unsure at this point as to the career path I would like to take after graduation.

Share a fun fact about yourself.

My favorite sport is hockey.

What is your favorite summer activity/hobby?

I love playing sports—mainly mini golf—and spending time outdoors and with friends.



Stephen SoleyeStephen Soleye ― Trafford Park, Manchester, UK

Stephen is currently a student at the University of Sheffield majoring in mechanical engineering. Stephen is a mechanical engineering intern at John Crane.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working in the Global Engineering department where I help with the development and testing of wet seals.

Why did you choose John Crane?

I believe John Crane offers a great working environment that fosters innovation, leadership and growth. The diversity in projects being worked on captivated my interest, and the amount of experience available and direct help received from industrial professionals was important to me. I also really like the fact that, even as an intern, you are expected to take on responsibility.

What is one thing you hope to take away from your internship?

I hope to gain a lot of hands-on experience in being responsible for real world projects that have a direct impact on business and customer outcomes. I also want to obtain more technical skills, and develop a more efficient approach in taking on and managing in projects.

Upon graduation, what career path do you plan to take?

I wish to achieve Chartered Engineer status (a recognition earned from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers), as well as work on a range of projects as both a leader and key member of the team. The engineering world is changing as we know it regarding data science and its benefits, new environmental challenges are rising and new markets are opening around the world. I aim to tailor my career path to make sure it’s relevant, and that I am impactful in navigating these changes.

Share a fun fact about yourself.

I once performed with Alexandra Burke at the Twickenham Rugby Stadium in London as a dancer in a halftime show.

What is your favorite summer activity/hobby?

I love playing instruments and producing music. I also really enjoy traveling.