Karthikeyan Krishnamourthy is an Analog Integrated circuit (IC) designer working on verification at TI, but he started out as a design intern at TI’s office in Freising, Germany. As an intern turned full-time TIer, Karthik shares a few tips and tricks to getting the most out of an internship with TI.
Before I offer tips and tricks, I can certainly say that an internship at TI is one of the best things that happened to me. The work environment, the hands-on learning experience, and the access to management made it the best place for me to learn and gain confidence in myself. When I started my internship, my hands were shivering whenever I had to do soldering; but by the end, I had no hesitation.
From a former intern to a potential intern, here are a few tips and tricks that I picked up along the way:
1. Mistakes are going to happen – and that’s okay. Just ask questions. For the first 6 months, I worked on the development of an evaluation module (EVM) for a TI current sensor. My supervisor and design manager allowed me to make mistakes and guided me through them along the way. Anytime I encountered a problem, they were available to answer any questions. This is how I learned the entirety of the design process and nailed the fundamentals.
2. Grow your network. I had the opportunity to work closely with systems designers, characterization and test engineers, designers and layout engineers. You don’t get this kind of access to resources at school. Learn to make connections with everyone that you meet – in your department or not. I was also given the opportunity to have direct access to TI recruiters to ask questions about optimizing both the look and content of my resume. (For resume tips from a TI recruiter, check out this blog.)
3. Capitalize on school projects. While I was interested in Analog IC design while studying electrical engineering at school, I didn’t have much practical experience. However, I did have some good academic project experience, and this is one of the ways to best prepare for an internship. Projects give you real work experience and demonstrate to your potential team that you have the fundamental skills and the capacity to build upon them. This is the type of information that recruiters will be looking for on your resume.
Most importantly, remember that you’re getting the opportunity to work amongst some of the best in the business, and they’re ready to help you expand on your skills to be successful.