Michelle Rosen

Michelle Rosen

PhD Student
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Michelle Rosen
Ask a Question:
Required field
Please note
Due to the unexpectedly large volume of questions being submitted to the Ask an Engineer program, it may take as many as 3 months or more for a response to your question to be posted. Please review previous questions and answers to see if your question may have already been addressed.
Enter the code shown: (only upper case)


For as long as I can remember, I loved anything to do with science and engineering. I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland. I was also involved in the Gemstone research program, the Honors College, and the marching band. I am currently a PhD student at Harvard University working on microrobotics. My current project involves a butterfly-inspired robot.

Answers by Michelle Rosen

Internships are great. However, it can be extremely hard to find one as a freshman (I even offered to work for free, but no one wanted me!). However, that doesn't mean that there ISN'T one for you! If you really want an engineering internship this summer, just keep applying. There may be a position that's willing to teach you the skills you need. In my opinion, there's no reason that a freshman can't do work at an internship - it just might be a slightly steeper learning curve. So, my advice is probably to keep applying. Just, don't be too disappointed if it doesn't work out. A steady job (even one that's not an internship) looks great too (if you don't want to keep looking)! You mentioned teaching in summer school and that sounds great to me! It shows a few things that could be valuable down the road - commitment, people skills, and teaching skills. Overall, I guess my main advice here is to not stress over it too much. If it works out, great! If not, then it's certainly not the end of your career as an engineer! It's totally up to you!