An internship with a good company can be your first step towards a career in a great company. We encourage you to use our tips to prepare yourself towards securing an internship:
Start with a good resume that shows you as a credible person. Here are a few points to make your resume look good.
Projects : This is a great chance to showcase your real-time experience. Whenever you get a chance, whether by volunteering or application, you should include it. Your professor can write a letter of recommendation or even help you get an internship if you perform well.
Relevant Work Experience : It can be any work experience; it doesn’t have to be engineering related. For example, if you have to continually serve Spanish and French customers at your local restaurant, use this as an opportunity to learn the language and showcase your ability to learn a new language.
Grades : If you don’t have any work or project experience, hiring managers look at your grades. Do everything to keep your GPA scores above 3.0. Since many companies have strict GPA requirements, contact us for help with assignments and homework. All that you have to do is to ask us, ‘can you take my online class?’
Academic Clubs/Organizations : Some organizations like The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers of Chicago (SHPE), The National Society of Black Engineers of Chicago (NSBE) and the Society of Women Engineers of Chicago (SWE) offer summer internship programs for young engineers. You can take up volunteering, technical work, or even leadership roles.
Start by asking family, relatives, friends or someone close to help you find internship opportunities.
Go to career centers, career portals, or talk to your counselors about opportunities and make sure to use all the resources as best as you can. Speak to your professors and other academic staff – they may have contacts in the business world.
Broaden Your Horizons
Do not hesitate to apply for an internship in a different country. There are many opportunities provided by international companies; industries like aerospace, automotive and information technology are global in nature. The ability to work with foreign clients and exposing yourself to different cultures can be an added benefit on your resume. The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE), offers paid international internship opportunities for students in STEM fields.
Once you get the call letter, the final process is to get through the interview. This can be nerve-wracking, but worth the effort. Recollect your high-school interview training programs to feel more confident.
If you have any doubts regarding the process, feel free to contact us for help!