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Internship Profile: Brianne Bujnowski, BSIE ’20 (SWE)

Name: Brianne Bujnowski
Class: 2020
Hometown: River Forest, Ill.
Concentrations: Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Management
Internship location: Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in Chicago, Ill.

How did you find this internship?
I attended the Society of Women Engineers’ SWENext Invent it. Build it. event when I was in middle school. This past school year, I got in contact with the person who encouraged me to attend that event, and soon after was interviewed for the internship.

Describe your internship.
I am working for the Society of Women Engineers under the Student Programs sector referred to mainly as “SWENext.” I’ve been involved in several projects that include developing the SWENext Clubs Challenge for SWE’s annual conference, WE17. I also help manage the SWENext Twitter and Facebook pages and have been doing some internal work on SWE’s database and inventory system at headquarters.

What did you learn at CoE that has helped you at your summer internship?
Working with several programs, mainly Excel, has been a major learning experience. I’m glad the CoE gave me a strong background in these programs to help boost my confidence when using them. Additionally, I think the CoE really reinforced my ability to value my own intelligence and ideas. This has helped me a lot when speaking up in board meetings/conference calls.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned at this program?
I’ve learned how to better communicate in a work setting. It’s all about listening and understanding your place in a conversation and project.

Why has this been a good experience for you?
This experience has been even more incredible than I expected. SWE has valued my opinions and really opened their ears to the ideas that I’ve pitched. Most people expect a summer internship to include things like getting coffee for workers and doing the tasks no one else wants to do. Instead, I’ve been treated as an equal, and for that I’m very grateful. Additionally, being on a team that helps young girls find the confidence to join the STEM field means a lot to me. I don’t think I would be in the CoE – or possibly even at UM – if I hadn’t attended SWENext Invent it. Build it. event in middle school.