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Marisa Small | Northrup Grumman Intern

Marissa Smallat Northrup Grumman

When Marisa Small, a business management major, started her internship at Northrup Grumman in the Electronic Systems Division, she expected to be delegated stereotypical intern duties. Instead of getting coffee for her co-workers, they trusted her enough to have her work on a project that contained proprietary information. In the process she put the skills she has learned at the Mount to work, and learned more about what she would like to do after graduation. 

Q: What are your internship duties?

A: My primary duty is to provide general pricing support for the pricing analysts. This can mean anything from helping them set up the proposal structure to completing a full pricing run. I also have my own reports that I am responsible for running daily.

Q: Describe one thing you are doing as part of the internship that that you didn’t expect to do?

A: As an intern, I expected to be part of a team where I was in the background and used as support for the rest of the members. I do that, of course, but I didn’t expect my input to be valued and considered just like any of the other team members. It’s almost like a trial run of being a full-time employee here.

Q: How did your Mount classes prepare you for the internship?

A: My classes at the Mount have all helped me prepare for this internship because each one develops different skills. My business classes taught me to improve my Excel skills and have gotten me more comfortable with using Access, both of which I use heavily at Northrop Grumman.

Q: How will did your internship impact your plans for the future?

A: It has helped me learn more about what I want in a future career and what I don’t. That knowledge will be very helpful in my job search this coming year.

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