Applying for engineering internships can be a fantastic way to make a great start in your career. Finding the right option to suit you and your career goals is important however but it can be challenging. Here are some of our tips for finding great engineering internships to suit you.
Narrow down your search
Work experience is a very important tool for figuring out what kind of work you want to do and where you want to steer your career, it’s also an important way to build your resume. Applying and taking part in engineering internships will give you invaluable skills. Not only will they prepare you for the working world by imparting you’re with important workplace skills but they will also help to teach you interview skills and how to present yourself to other professionals. The problem is that application processes can be time-consuming which is why it’s very important to narrow down your search. You can do this by asking yourself questions and setting clear career goals. Think about what preferences you have around working and what kind of role you will be seeking in the future. Do you like being out in the field or would you prefer to sit behind a desk? You should also think about what kind of networking or career-building opportunities you’re looking for. If you’re hoping to get a grad role after finishing your engineering internships for example then it’s a great idea to apply for work experience at companies that have graduate programs or that have roles available for recent grads.
Spend time thinking about what employers want
Before you begin applying for engineering internships you should take the time to think about what it is that employers want and what kind of skills, knowledge and experience you might have to offer them. Whilst many students and grads don’t yet have much on the job experience, their academic experiences or life experiences can give them the edge over other applicants. When applying for work experience it’s a good idea to look at the criteria laid out by the company and tailor your CV and cover letter around that. Many places will even use technology to try and highlight keywords, which means if you haven’t tried to tailor things to the companies criteria, you may be overlooked.
Don’t wait for your dream companies to advertise
There are a lot of large companies with highly formalised programs in place that advertise every year but there are also many smaller places that may not necessarily advertise work experience opportunities, that doesn’t mean there are no engineering internships available. If you’re looking for work experience then don’t wait for them to come to you, get in contact with firms that interest you and express your interest, it may just help you find the job of your dreams.
Do a lot of research
Before you apply for engineering internships do a lot of research. Make sure you know about different companies and the people that work there. The more knowledgeable and familiar with the company and it’s processes you are, the more likely it is that they will want to take you on. Taking a personal approach and writing to specific people can go a long way in getting you into a work experience program, they’ll appreciate the initiative.
Keep an eye on your university
Even after you’ve graduated universities can be an excellent source of work experience opportunities. Many of them work with large companies and employers who seek talent through university channels and most will regularly run job fairs or have their own employment boards.