Internship Success: Mehta shines at Independence Power & Light

Shivan Mehta in a gold shirt with his hands in his pockets.

MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering senior Shivan Mehta spent the summer in an internship with Independence Power & Light (IP&L). Photo courtesy of Shivan Mehta.

MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering senior Shivan Mehta maximized his engineering and leadership skills this summer, landing an internship with Independence Power & Light (IP&L),  a municipal electric utility established in 1901 to provide the residents and businesses of Independence, Mo., with safe, reliable and affordable electric service. Learn a little more about his internship in his own words.

Nguyen: During the internship, I performed projects in the Engineering Design and Construction Management division of IP&L. The internship at IP&L has given me opportunities to grow as a student and an engineer, as well as the perspective to point me in a better direction in the career I am pursuing. I was able to complete over 10 projects in the summer, utilizing calculation-based problems, outside-of-the-box thinking and communicative planning to complete a lot of these projects. Although I don’t plan on going into the power production and distribution engineering industry, I have to say it operates in a lot of areas that will benefit me in the mechanical and aerospace side of engineering, and it is beneficial to have a background in that because it will shape me into a better engineer. IP&L gave me the opportunity to tour multiple power plants, solar farms and tour Hubbell’s Plant Distribution Center, Plastics Plant, and test lab all to help show me the mechanical aspect and operations being performed. The engineers at IP&L have lead me to a new galaxy of connections and networking, which in turn will lead me to future internships and potential career opportunities.

Learn more about how The Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy can help students prepare for their future. And check back throughout the summer for more stories about how internships helped shape Mizzou engineers for success!

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