The Ohio State University at Marion

Someone will bridge cultural barriers

The son of Mexican immigrants, Julio Romero has found opportunities at Ohio State Marion that he never anticipated. At 23 years old, he is now working as a bilingual intern for sales at an international industrial robotics integration firm. Romero estimates he has worked with over 50 countries in Latin America, Europe, and around the world.

Q: Do you think being on a smaller campus that is part of worldwide university helped in securing this internship opportunity?
A: “Definitely, a smaller campus is a whole lot easier to take a closer look at the whole spectrum of what a student is capable of. Penny (Romero’s academic adviser) takes a general interest and saw that I do speak Spanish fairly well. She saw an opportunity for me and helped me land the position here at RobotWorx.”

Q: How do you believe your internship at Robotworx will assist you in terms of building your resume?
A: “It really helps me out. It differentiates me from most engineering majors that I am going to school with. Not all of them work in this kind of industry. It makes me stand out of the crowd.”

Q: Are you exposed to engineering concepts at RobotWorx that help in terms of advancing your knowledgebase?
A: “Every now and then, I will talk to a tech or one of the applications engineers and ask them ‘How does this work so I can explain it to a customer?’

Q: In terms of internships, if you were advising a student about the importance of taking part in internships before graduation, what would you tell them?
A: “I think it is important because it gives you an inside look and experience in the world of engineering. You can read about it in the book and learn about it through your teachers who were in the field, but until you experience it for yourself I don’t really think you have a good grasp of what it is truly like in the engineering world.”

Q: How do you think being part of an internship that involves reaching out across borders to countries around the world will positively impact your marketability as an engineer?
A: “It really highlights the experience I have had here. I have not been on site anywhere, but I have been asked to travel down to Mexico or Columbia wherever we have sold robots and help them out. It helps my market ability as an engineer because some engineers may not want to travel outside the U.S.”

Q: How has having access to the breadth & depth of a world renowned university like Ohio State changed your life?
A: “When I got into Ohio State Marion, I was ecstatic because I was a part of The Ohio State University. Being part of Ohio State has really opened doors for me in ways that I cannot even really fathom. The fact that I can progress my future in Marion, the city I was born and grew up in, is something that I am extremely proud of and cherish every day.