Arch Spotlight: Engineering Student Secures Semester Away Opportunity at BorgWarner

May 14, 2019


just completed her sophomore year, Maggie McAuliffe, an industrial and management
engineering major, is preparing to participate in the inaugural Arch program at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In this innovative program, all undergraduate
students live on campus during the summer after their sophomore year and
participate in an off-campus experiential learning experience during the fall
or spring semester of their junior year.   

of her established work experience, coupled with her proactive nature, McAuliffe
has already landed her spring 2020 experience for her Arch semester away. She
will spend the semester at BorgWarner, a propulsion system leader for
combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicles.

With a global footprint of more than 70 locations, BorgWarner was recently named one of Forbes’ Best Large Employers 2019, which was determined based on working conditions, salary, potential for development, and company image. Another notable accomplishment includes receiving the 2018 PACE award for their groundbreaking S-wind wire-forming process for electric motors and alternators.

excited to learn about the industry, and to incorporate aspects of my major
into my work,” McAuliffe said.

the end of her second year at Rensselaer, McAuliffe had already developed an
expansive portfolio of work experience. Just after her first year at the
Institute, she secured a summer internship at Thermo Fisher Scientific, known
for making the famously indestructible Nalgene water bottles.

As a work-study student in the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) at Rensselaer, McAuliffe took advantage of the many career-related resources the center offers to help secure the opportunity with BorgWarner. She attended CCPD programs, had her resume critiqued, and received help with offer letters. On the academic side, she also tapped into resources available through the Advising and Learning Assistance Center.

McAuliffe said she would encourage her fellow classmates seeking semester away opportunities to start their search early.

“Make a plan. Go
to career fairs and make connections,” she said. “Don’t just make it a one-time
thing; keep up with it. Plan out times to search and apply.” 

The CCPD’s career coaches
are available to Arch students throughout the summer to provide personalized
coaching, guidance, and support. The Rensselaer Employer Relations team—resident
industry experts—are cultivating career opportunities with hundreds of companies
that align with Rensselaer students’ academic fields and interests.

When asked what she has enjoyed most about her Rensselaer experience, McAuliffe, who is also active in an a cappella singing group, said it was the balance of academic challenges with other opportunities.

“I can have this challenging academic environment, but then also this place where I can relax, like a cappella,” she said.  “RPI allows me to feel balanced in terms of work and outside-of-school daily activities.”

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