See What It’s Like to Work Here

We’re committed to giving you an experience that lets you take off and operate independently, yet also benefit from the teaching of our experienced team. Read what our interns have to say about their Aluminating Experiences at Alcoa.

Kyle

Kyle

Mechanical Engineering/Robotics

“The best part of my internship has been the chance to experience real-world applications of robotics.”

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Kyle

Mechanical Engineering/Robotics | Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Samantha

Samantha

Industrial Engineering

“I could think of no better way to spend my summer.”

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Samantha

Industrial Engineering
Penn State University – University Park

“I have already learned so much at Alcoa! The projects are very visual and hands-on. In my third week, I participated in a Kaizen event for the Tandem Mill. A group of about 10 people spent four days reviewing and updating standardized work, as well as identifying safety issues and improvement ideas. Everyone was extremely helpful when I asked about a million questions. That is an industrial engineer’s dream come true.

The Alcoa culture is amazing. I feel very welcome and the office atmosphere is calm and happy. My boss has given me projects that she knows won’t be too overwhelming and will use the knowledge I learned in school. She also realizes that this is my summer break and wants me to have fun during the internship.

All nine interns volunteered a day at Habitat for Humanity. This was a great experience to get to know the other interns, get out of the office and help the community. Painting and landscaping were really fun and we were happy to help. Most of all, we felt proud to be wearing Alcoa t-shirts while we were volunteering.

This internship has been inspiring. Seeing how the operators, staff, supervisors and managers all work together to produce a flawless product is amazing. The experience I have gained, as well as just being an adult ‘for the first time,’ is something I would not ever give up. I don’t think I could have been given a better experience this summer.”

Nicole

Nicole

Supply Chain Management

“I would have never thought I would be involved with such large and meaningful projects.”

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Nicole

Supply Chain Management
Michigan State University

“My internship has been such an excellent experience. From day one, I was thrown into projects and meetings as if I had been here for months. Each project has had its own challenge and there is never a dull moment.

The projects I have been involved in are very important to the business. I would have never thought I would be involved with such large and meaningful projects that truly have me engaged and helping Alcoa. I have learned so much about working with customers, managers, co-workers, databases and presentations – and, overall, how to exceed my own expectations.

The best part of my Alcoa internship has been the chance to meet so many new people who want to help me learn. While everyone is busy with their work, co-workers still find time to help me and ensure that I am on the right track with my projects. There isn’t a day where I have not met someone new or a second that I have felt out of place. It has also been a great opportunity to meet with new managers and employees during the Friday morning meet and greet, along with the lunch and learn events.

After working in a large corporation like Alcoa, my future looks brighter than ever. I feel I will be able to take a lot of experience with me, even though I was only here for a short period of time. I am very grateful for having this opportunity and love the position I am in.”

Maggie

Maggie

Aerospace Engineering

“I’m working with Alcoa’s full-time aerospace employees on real projects for customers. I get very involved.”

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Maggie

Aerospace Engineering | Virginia Tech

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Leslie

Leslie

Finance/Accounting

“This is a well-rounded experience. You get to work with people in different fields and learn a lot.”

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Leslie

Finance/Accounting | Towson University/Penn State University

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Neisha

Neisha

Mechanical Engineering

“Alcoa has done a remarkable job in making me feel welcome.”

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Neisha

Mechanical Engineering
University of Florida

“As an intern with Alcoa, I have had the opportunity to be entirely involved with projects, with the ability to develop and design my own ideas and put my mechanical engineering skills and knowledge to the test. I feel that working on these projects has given me a good sense of what engineering is truly about.

I also learned a lot about the production of aluminum and its processes. On my first day, I was given a detailed tour of aluminum production and was able to see and learn about safety hazards, the presses, paint, anodizing, fabrication and packaging.

I have been exposed to a great learning environment with applied engineering skills all around me. Observing the functions of the machines and mechanisms in the plant has allowed me to develop new ways of thinking. I have learned to work with other engineers and think outside the box. I have also found that only by developing and designing several ideas will you find the best solution to a problem.

Alcoa has done a remarkable job in making me feel welcome to a new state, culture and environment. Everyone is extremely friendly, courteous and is always telling me about fun things to do in the area. I have been able to ask questions of fellow employees, engineers and supervisors and have learned a lot from their insightful responses. I know that this experience will make me a more knowledgeable and experienced engineer.”

Katie

Katie

Corporate Communications

“I came here seeking real work experience on a global level and Alcoa’s internship program has given me exactly that.”

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Katie

Corporate Communications | Georgia State University

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Rob

Rob

Chemical Engineering

“I have been set free to tackle any project how I best see fit.”

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Rob

Chemical Engineering
University of Washington

“I enjoy the fact that all of the projects I have been working on are very different in nature. From collecting and analyzing STARprobe data, to learning and restructuring tank inventory procedures, to filming and editing a video for the plant’s 60th anniversary, I have constantly been working in a different area of the smelting process, with a different team.

Aside from helpful hints and general guidance, I have been set free to tackle any project how I best see fit, and, to me, that is the best way to learn. The culture has been great. Everyone is extremely helpful and always willing to take the time to explain things that I may not understand. The culture of safety here is also very impressive. While everyone is always working, nobody is afraid to stop or slow down when safety is at risk.

For me, the best part by far has simply been getting exposure to industry. Sitting through a class on heat transfer rates isn’t nearly as helpful as looking into a pot of molten aluminum and actually seeing it at work. It also gives a better idea to the scale of the numbers you are dealing with when you can see them in action.

It is tough to summarize my internship because I learned so much so fast. Anybody who does not jump at the opportunity to do an internship is certainly missing out. Just imagine when you graduate with your degree being almost an entire year ahead of other job seekers.”