Engineering Student Interns at CITGO
Miguel Belfort, class of 2016, is working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a Math minor. He is also a member of the men’s tennis team at Merrimack.
Belfort had the opportunity to take part in an exciting internship over the summer with Citgo Petroleum Corporation (CITGO), a leader in transporting fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals along with other industrial products.
“It was challenging being in a different environment. This work was not trial and error, you had to know exactly how to do the calculations and were held responsible for all of the designs”.
He is glad that he was able to put concepts that he has been learning in his classes to practice. While at CITGO, he worked in a refinery and was taught the language and daily norms of being there, including technological knowledge.
Many of Belforts’ projects involved redesigning outdated power equipment to meet the current safety requirements. He had to analyze various options while also collaborating with mentors and other interns. “It was cool working with the dangerous equipment, we had to wear suits in case of fires and burns and always had to ask permission from the safety and chemical departments”, Belfort stated.
Belfort is proud and thankful for Merrimack College’s O’Brien Center for Student Success. He stated that they helped him significantly in “searching for the internship, training for interviews and being ready for the internship itself”.
Belfort will take all of the experience he obtained over the summer and use it for future endeavors.