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Aerospace Engineering Student looking for internships

Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:17 pm

Hello,
I am a sophomore at the University of Illinois studying aerospace engineering. I'm looking for summer internships, and would appreciate any suggestions. I'm happy to share my resume with anyone who has a lead or knows someone who could help me out. Although I do not have any prior experience in the industry, I'm a quick learner and I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone more hard working or dedicated. Please PM me if you have any suggestions, and thanks!
 
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Re: Aerospace Engineering Student looking for internships

Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:36 pm

Give Rolls Royce a try. They're a relatively short drive away in Indianapolis.

Read up on their social media sites and web pages for the latest tech updates eg advance 3 and their history etc. A quick skim through RR The jet engine wouldn't hurt either. You can probably find a copy in your uni library.
 
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Re: Aerospace Engineering Student looking for internships

Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:26 pm

Look at the airlines. They have engineering internships available also.
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Re: Aerospace Engineering Student looking for internships

Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:59 pm

Boeing has hundreds of interns. Check them out as well.
 
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Re: Aerospace Engineering Student looking for internships

Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:01 am

I'll second the airline suggestion. Having the flight benefits while you're still in school is a great perk; you can take all sorts of crazy trips abroad while you still have the free time. Plus the actual job can be pretty satisfying too - get to work hands on with in-service aircraft, instead of being holed up with some CAD software in an office all the time.
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Re: Aerospace Engineering Student looking for internships

Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:12 pm

I am a professor of aerospace engineering. Especially if you think you might be interested in research, consider an internship in the research group of one of your professors (you are in a department with a very strong research program). See if your school has a formal coop program: mine offers a five-year BS AE with two semesters spent at one of a fairly long list of aerospace companies. Finally, consider waiting at least one more year, or until you have finished your first courses in aerospace structures, aerodynamics, and controls. Right now you might not have enough of a background to take full advantage of an internship, but in a semester or two things will probably be quite different. Best of luck in any case, you picked the right field!
 
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Re: Aerospace Engineering Student looking for internships

Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:21 pm

GE Aviation in Cincinnati is also a great place to intern, had a few coworkers who interned there last year. Plus, there's always NASA if you're into some space stuff as well. I believe if you want airplane stuff as opposed to the space side, you'd have to go to Ames or Langley (CA or VA). If you don't mind doing things that are not strictly engineering related but STEM related, check out the Air and Space Museum! (ps I can help with that)
 
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Re: Aerospace Engineering Student looking for internships

Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:22 am

IADFCO wrote:
I am a professor of aerospace engineering. Especially if you think you might be interested in research, consider an internship in the research group of one of your professors (you are in a department with a very strong research program). See if your school has a formal coop program: mine offers a five-year BS AE with two semesters spent at one of a fairly long list of aerospace companies. Finally, consider waiting at least one more year, or until you have finished your first courses in aerospace structures, aerodynamics, and controls. Right now you might not have enough of a background to take full advantage of an internship, but in a semester or two things will probably be quite different. Best of luck in any case, you picked the right field!


I'm an engineer at a well-known aircraft manufacturer... and I kinda have to go against the good professor...

If you're a sophomore, start looking for a co-op position NOW. Wait another year and most places won't hire you--you won't be able to do enough rotations before graduating (you want at least 3, preferably 4-5). I started co-oping after three semesters. And honestly, I didn't really need my classes that much when I started. I hardly use any of the qualitative stuff at all, outside of some basic performance calculations and some really basic structures stuff (which I learned well after graduating--our undergrad structures program was useless).

You'll spend your first rotation mainly learning the company--where data is stored, how to use their systems, and basic info about the product--but even then you can be useful if your employer has half a clue about what to do with co-ops. If you know excel, can do arithmetic, and have any kind of clue when it comes to even basic hands-on work, you know enough to be a useful co-op.

And I wouldn't go into research over a co-op or internship unless you're dead-set on staying in academia. You need an industry perspective, it pays better, and it's more of a foot in the door for later employment. My employer almost never hires entry-level engineers that haven't been through our co-op or intern programs. And most employers are going to value co-op experience over GPA.
 
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Re: Aerospace Engineering Student looking for internships

Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:55 am

^^^ +1 (Although "... employer almost never hires entry-level engineers that haven't been through our co-op or intern programs or the USAF" may be true.)

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