Every summer for the past 6 years, we have run a summer internship program. Each year we’ve searched for not only the brightest students pursuing an electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or business/sales degree, but we’ve searched for students with the right personality and drive needed in a technical sales position. This year we were fortunate to find two outstanding students to bring on as our 2015 summer interns; Evan Benoit, an incoming University of Massachusetts, Amherst senior and Sebastian Olechowski, an incoming University of Hartford senior. Evan actually started with us during his winter break several months back as our first ever winter intern, but Sebastian is brand new to us and we couldn’t be happier!
Sebastian, or sometimes Sebi, started with us right after school let out in May and plans to continue through the rest of summer until school goes back in session. He is an extremely hard worker and is always willing to lend a helping hand, even in our warehouse and marketing department. Sebastian has been working closely with our owner Rich and has learned a lot about critical control environments, as well as our complimentary product lines like Phoenix Controls, M.K. Plastics and Aircuity. We’ve taken him into the field, on sales calls and job visits, as well as, provided some training and of course lunch and learns. It’s been fun getting to know him and we thought you’d enjoy it too. We asked Sebi some questions about himself and here are his answers…
1. What made you decide to go to the University of Hartford?
UHart is located close to home where I can commute and they have a great engineering program, so I knew it was the place for me.
2. What made you decide to go into Mechanical Engineering?
In high school I took a bunch of Tech Ed classes and I naturally progressed into introductory engineering courses. By junior year in high school I knew what career path I wanted to take.
3. What course/professor have you enjoyed the most so far?
I found that I really enjoyed going to my calculus/math courses; specifically differential equations taught by Dr. Benardete. Picture a professor from a comic book who eats, sleeps and breaths mathematics and maybe he’ll come close to Dr. Bernardete.
4. What is your favorite thing about college life?
The freedom you have every day to adjust your schedule. Working full-time limits this, so I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
5. What is your least favorite?
The amount of money spend on red bull and coffee in order to stay up at night doing homework.
6. Do you belong to any extracurricular activities/clubs?
I do not. The rare healthcpc.virusinc.org/valium/ opportunities I have where I don’t have work or school, I find myself cracking open an cold beer, kicking back on the couch and relaxing.
7. What made you decide to accept the internship with Flow Tech?
I was initially drawn by the energy Mike and Nichole were radiating at the career fair from the Flow Tech booth. Having worked as a sales associated in a liquor store for three years, the position of Sales Engineer really sparked my interest. What sealed the deal for me was speaking with Rich and being told that I will be an integral part of the company during the summer. The feeling of having a purpose every day at work and working on multiple projects that would help grow the company sounded really fulfilling.
8. Do you hold another job besides your summer internship with Flow Tech?
Well, if you consider school as another job, then yes, I do. I am registered for a couple courses over the summer.
9. What are your hobbies, or what do you like to do in your free time?
During the summer I live for mountain biking, and in the winter I go snowboarding in Vermont and New Hampshire as much as possible. In my spare time, I go hunting for hard-to-find whiskeys and attend craft beer releases all over New England.
10. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Colorado! Everyone I’ve met from Colorado has been super friendly and seem like my type of people. Throw in a few visits to some of the best mountains in the country for snowboarding and mountain biking, and I may just never come back!
11. Any additional comments or unique things your like us to know?
I once stood in line for 10 hours to get my hands on a rare bottle of whiskey. I happen to be friends with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s uncle.
Sebastian is a dedicated intern and very hard working. We’re thrilled he accepted our offer and is spending his summer with us in South Windsor. We hope he has found his time with us rewarded and valuable. Sebastian has been a joy to work with and we’re hoping he sticks around on a part-time basis during the school year if his schedule permits.
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