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Jennifer W.

Senior, BS in Biomedical Engineering

As a biomedical engineering student, Jennifer had plenty of lab experience at WPI, but a co-op at Boston Scientific gave her valuable hands-on experience in a professional setting and insight into her future career. Work in the materials lab at Boston Scientific—which included prototyping, testing, and developing test methods; analyzing and organizing results; and documentation and report writing—cemented her decision to focus on biomaterials for her master’s degree. Collaborating with a professional team strengthened her attention to detail while elevating her teamwork skills, and working with such a dedicated team demonstrated how her work makes a difference. “Boston Scientific employees know that what they are doing day-to-day has an impact on the patient—and they are passionate about it,” she says.

The co-op was so helpful professionally and personally, she urges others to do whatever they need to do (including taking summer classes or an extra class during some terms) to fit in a co-op. The experience bestows a broad perspective needed to be an effective student and employee. “I needed to focus on the bigger picture in order to succeed in physics, calculus, and chemistry,” she says.

Outside the classroom, Jennifer says her years as a member of Chi Omega sorority have been a lot of fun and have helped keep her sane when things get stressful.

With plans to stay at WPI for an additional year to earn her master’s degree in materials science, she hopes to eventually work as an engineer in Boston Scientific’s endoscopy research and development department. 

WPI undergraduate student

Cortlandt Manor, NY

  • President of the Biomedical Engineering Society
  • ​Vice President of Chi Omega Sorority
  • Secretary of Order of Omega (a society for Greek leadership on campus)
  • Boxing 
  • Coca-Cola
9:00 am

Arrive at work, answer emails, and prioritize my to-do list for the day.

10:00 am

Attend to duties, which might include setting up experiments and testing in the lab; drafting a test method or report; attending meetings; sketching a design; analyzing results; or working on SolidWorks.

12:00 pm

Eat lunch with my team or with the other co-ops.

1:00 pm

Get back to tackling my to-do list.

Work with others through asking questions, perform tests with them, or ask for feedback.

5:00-6:00 pm

Wrap up for the day, which might include communicating the results of any testing I finished or discoveries I made by sending emails to the appropriate people.

Write up my to-do list for the following day.

When interviewing, be open, honest, and genuine—employers can tell whether you're passionate or not—so work on letting that excitement through!
Never be afraid to ask questions—asking questions is an important part of life.
A co-op is SUCH a beneficial experience.
Co-ops allow you to gain real experience, to learn what you do/do not want to do, and to tailor the rest of your college career to what you discover.