Oguz Kaan Kısa · Jan. 15, 2021
Finding an engineering internship will give you a great advantage to start your engineering career. Yet choosing the best one for you and persuading the organization to give you a chance can be a huge challenge. Here are some tips to make sure you find the right that’s perfect for you.
Work experience is significant to figure out what job you really want. But, how do you know which job or which internship to do in the first place? Best way is to ask yourself some questions that will help you highlight any priorities you already have.
Do you want to work in a job that requires you to sit on a desk all day? Have you got any interest in any particular work area? Or are you looking for a practical experience?
For example, you want to work in Formula 1 but haven’t got any reply back from a Formula 1 team, what can you do that’s next best? You start from worse places. So working in the automotive industry and starting from there will add your CV weight and boost so you can try to find a job in a Formula 1 team later.
If you have any idea about which company you want a permanent job in, you can try to join that company as an intern, so you can get some relevant experience. This is especially important if you want to join a big company’s graduate scheme but have missed their internship programme. If a company uses a certain type of software try to learn it as quickly as possible.
Major companies usually have permanent advertisements and draw so much attention. So many people every year try to get into these companies and the competition between these candidates makes the company choosing between them easier. But there are plenty of smaller companies around. If you make them the right offer they can easily choose you instead of other people.
You have to find companies willing to take a student temporarily as an intern. Other companies can be found researching the area of engineering you are interested in. The Internet can help you discover who is behind the latest tech in a sector.
One of the best ways to find opportunities for an internship is to speak to people at your university. Most likely they have contacts in the business world. It is also worth asking your university’s career management office or advisers about opportunities they have heard about. Universities are contacted all the time by companies without a permanent recruitment person looking to take on a student.