Eric Helke has joined the Rushing team this summer as an electrical engineer intern. We asked Eric to share about his experience joining a team remotely, tips for working from home and what he’s been doing for fun lately.

Q. How has your experience been, starting an internship remotely?
A. This is my first internship, so it’s been really interesting getting this initial experience in a virtual setting. I started my internship when Rushing was already pretty well-established for a virtual setting, so I was able to smoothly transition into assisting others in their work. As far as connection, Microsoft Teams has been great so far with easy meeting and chatting features to be in frequent communication with multiple teams and supervisors.

Shouldering a full-sized blanket among the work-from-home amenities.

Q. Have you discovered any tips for working from home?
A.  I definitely recommend taking small breaks to exercise. For me, this looks like taking just a minute or two every hour to do push-ups and sit-ups. It not only has health benefits, but it gives you a minute to clear your head and use any built-up energy. I think the remote-work setting is a good opportunity to do things that you wouldn’t normally be able to do as comfortably in an in-person office.

Q. What are you doing for fun these days?
A. I’ve been trying to enjoy the weather by going for walks around my neighborhood and going on hikes. But for the most part, I’ve been trying to catch up on watching movies that I’ve always wanted to watch but never had time for previously.

Q. On that note, which movies would you recommend?
A. Movies that aren’t super common that I’d recommend people to stream would be Shutter Island, Donnie Darko, No Country for Old Men, The Prestige and Whiplash.

Meet another electrical engineer intern Kellie Cobb in her intern spotlight Q&A or check out our work-from-home employee spotlights:

Linda Coppa, senior mechanical engineer
Stefanie Young, senior sustainability consultant
Brian Hoang, electrical project engineer
Ian Robinson, energy analyst/mechanical engineer
Ron Wilhelm, senior plumbing designer