Engineering Internships

The Industry

Are you looking for engineering internships or entry level engineering jobs? Engineers get paid to solve problems. They use math, science, communication skills, and critical thinking to develop technical solutions for people or society. They design materials, structures, and systems such as microchips and vehicles. The specific roles and the types of technologies or products utilized by engineers vary widely and depend on the engineering discipline they specialize in. The engineering field is dominated by civil, mechanical, industrial, electrical and electronics engineers, which make up two-thirds of the American engineering workforce.


The Career Options

Entry level engineers work in many different environments. Some work in large corporations while others work and/or own small companies. Engineers work in manufacturing plants, construction sites, business offices, research labs, and hospitals. Some engineers work for the government. Your career options will depend on your specialty and could be anything from a construction business or transportation provider to a telecommunications firm.

The Internship

In an engineering internship, you’ll likely work on an interdisciplinary team gaining valuable connections and references. What you do in your engineering summer internship will vary greatly depending on the field you specialize in. For example, in a civil engineering internship, you could do CAD drafting; if you’re in a chemical engineering internship, you’ll work in a chemical technology lab; and if you’re in a computer engineering internship, you could test software or develop programs. Whatever your internship, commit yourself to learning the technology and software needed to succeed in that field.

To become an engineer, you need to earn a bachelor’s degree, though many engineers have master’s degrees. You can prepare for a career in engineering by focusing on building your STEM skills—or science, technology, engineering, and math—and by getting an engineering internship in a field that interests you.

The Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the engineering field is projected to grow 5% over the next decade, which is about average, but the growth (or decline) rate by engineering discipline varies widely. For example, employment in nuclear and aerospace engineering is projected to decline, while employment in marine, petroleum, environmental, and biomedical engineering is projected to grow faster than average, with biomedical engineering projected to grow a whopping 23%!

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