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Offline MauriceT

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Getting First Engineering Internship
« on: August 18, 2019, 02:19:29 am »
I am currently in my second year as an electrical and computer engineering student, and could use some advice on the best ways to stand out to employers in industry. I have currently completed one project through one of my courses, and I know that projects are one good way to stand out, but I was wondering if anybody has any other good ideas to help me get my foot in the door. The only work experience I have is in food production, and I have only completed one project, so currently my resume is pretty weak  :-\ . Any thoughtful advice on ways to get my first internship or ideas for beginner projects would be much appreciated!
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Re: Getting First Engineering Internship
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2019, 02:28:58 am »
  NETWORK!  Join IEEE and any other engineering groups at your school and get out and get to know people that are connected to the industries that you want to get into. Get involved with organizing any events that those clubs have.  Most jobs including internships are found by word of mouth from a friend of a friend. The more connections you have, the more likely that you'll hear of internships and/or job openings.
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Re: Getting First Engineering Internship
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2019, 04:56:57 am »
Do more projects, even if only for fun. See if there's a maker group in the university. If you're lucky, they might even have a hackerspace. (At Texas A&M, they have Cepheid Variable, which is more targeted towards software projects. Hardware projects are also sometimes done but you supply the tools.)
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Offline MosherIV

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Re: Getting First Engineering Internship
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2019, 10:06:42 am »
Welcome to the forum.

What the others have said is good.
Do not worry too much, it is expected that undergraduates (the term used in UK for someone still reading for their degree) have little to no experience.
What companies look for is attitude and aptitude.

Companies want 'engineers' who are logical and methodical.
Can you solve problems?
Can you write clear problem statements?
Can you determine what to measure or experiment to determin the variables?
Can you generate a list of solutions?
How do you determine the best solution?

Sometimes, the ones with lots of project are not the best because they have developed bad habits and attitude.
The projects will give you knowledge about specific technologies and devices. Which may be useful or not if it is not used in the companies you are applying to.
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Re: Getting First Engineering Internship
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2020, 08:04:24 pm »
Thank you for this information, I am also looking for a good internship place. I realized that I need to make connections in order to get a good place for an internship. During the research, I found this site that offers the best internships programs. But I want to know your opinion about these programs and whether it's worth contacting this company. To be honest, I liked what they write and I hope that they fulfill all their obligations to the student. But if you have any recommendations, please share them with me. I am still searching, but I would like to make the best decision because the success of my career depends on the internship.
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