In East Hartford, Connecticut, Lauren Gotimer supervised three NAF interns working remotely in product delivery at Pratt & Whitney. Two have already said they want to return next year, and one plans to save for a car to get to and from the site every day, she said.
“We’ve very possibly helped shape what they’re going to do,” said Gotimer, deputy production chief for the PW800 engine program at Pratt & Whitney. “The fact that they want to be at Pratt & Whitney – to me, that’s a win.”
In her second summer supervising NAF interns, she sees how participating in the program benefits both the students and their mentors.
“Internships give them a stronger foundation to start a career here,” Gotimer said. “They also give people on my team practice to be a manager. It’s helping our talent pipeline for the team as a whole.”
Feliciano’s supervisor, Jean Carlos Díaz Quiñones, saw a persistence in the teenager that quickly made him part of the team.
“The way he felt about the work was the way our engineers felt about it,” said Díaz Quiñones, a software engineering manager. “It’s part of being an engineer – you’re going to be solving problems every day of your life. It is inspiring the way that the interns work – that eagerness they have to learn everything. They were coming from high school and giving 100 percent.”
And for Feliciano, his first-ever job could become his future career.
“It was an honor working at Pratt & Whitney,” he said, citing the sense of teamwork and what he found to be a healthy work environment at the Aguadilla site. “I really liked what I saw and what I experienced.”