and Computer Engineering Graduate Student
I think the IE pre-graduate internship program is an excellent way for senior students to get an idea of what to expect in Masters or PhD programs. Before devoting important years of your life towards graduate school, it is necessary for undergraduates to talk to professors and other graduate students. This helps not only in deciding the research area that they would like to focus on but also on the work environment in which they are comfortable.
Research requires a lot of self motivation and perseverance and that is what I tried to get across to my intern. As a graduate mentor it was a rewarding experience for me to talk and motivate a student towards research. This experience should be valuable if in future I decide pursue a career as a faculty member.