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Need Tips on Finding an Internship Answered

So, as much as I've enjoyed being a full time student for the last year, the time comes when a man discovers he needs money, that time is when his wife says "Get a Job"! So I'm starting to look for an Mech Eng internship and the internship office at UCF is proving less fruitful than I had anticipated. Of 18 engineering internships listed (and that list has only grown by two in the last 45 days), only 5 are "local" and of that 5, I meet the qualifications of 3. Those 3 being USA/NASA 68 miles away Lockheed 43 miles away and Disney 47 miles away Not that I'm asking for the world to meet my convenience, but the idea of working an internship 12-20 hours a week while commuting 9-12 hours a week, plus carrying a full time class load, thrills me not. So the question becomes, quite simply. How Do I Find An Internship? Post my resume to Monster? Spam my resume to every engineering firm in a 30 mile radius? Help, any reasonable suggestions would be much appreciated. I added that pic because I need your bright ideas.

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collegenews (author)2009-03-13

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Kiteman (author)2009-01-19

How did you go? If you've told us, I've forgotten.

If you're still looking, you could try spamming, but be wise - don't ask for an internship, simply announce the good news that you are available for an internship if the right company comes along.

Kitewife got fed up of her last teaching post (rotten management) and resigned to be a supply teacher ("substitute" you call them). Normally, supplies add their name to a list at an agency and then wait to be called. Instead, I emailed all the local schools with the good news that a new supply teacher with skills in delivering IT & Business to all age groups was now available.

She had a full-time one-term post within three days, which was quickly extended to a full year's contract, and her new HoD has asked her to apply for second in department for the next year.

In your case, I would consider a snail-mail spam, liberally illustrated with images of your projects from this site, glowing quotes from comments (or even a personal message from Eric or some other high-profile ibler), and data about views, ratings, featured projects and contests won (you can honestly refer to yourself as an award-winning engineer!).

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It's gone badly, I've had two interviews since posting this, one the guy said my job duties would include mowing his yard, I walked away. The second was with a multibillion dollar company but they passed me over. Oh well, I'm registered in the Lockheed program through school, so maybe I'll get contacted soon, and I just saw a listing for a defense simulation internship that I'm going to apply for.

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Well, you know we're all rooting for you.

I wonder, would it be appropriate to lurk outside the interview window with pompoms...?

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thematthatter (author)2008-11-16

You can try the US Army.
They have some engineering jobs. http://www.goarmy.com/JobCatDetail.do?id=5
Also, you can do ROTC, Reserve Green to gold program where you go to basic (in the summer) and your a part of the Army Reserves while your in college. (the Army pays 100%) so you do the whole 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year thing. And after you graduate you serve 4 years as a commissioned officer.
Your education is payed for and you make a little change.

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macrumpton (author)thematthatter2009-01-18

The Army has that small disadvantage (compared to most internships) that you could be called up to go to Iraq or Afganistan and you could get your head blown off.

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thematthatter (author)macrumpton2009-01-19

Even if you get sent to the sandbox, the chances of loosing your head is small. Youll be more likely to come back overweight than to come back in a body bag.

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I'm too old ;-) I did the army 20years ago, I can't take orders worth a damn.

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I wish you were in Miami, I am at the 95% mark on a big project (a new type of folding boat) and I need a smart assistant to help me get it done. My last assistant moved to CA 2 months ago and the project is stalled.

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bumpus (author)Tool Using Animal2008-11-16

That is what my school counselor said, I guess finding humor in everything is as good as I thought! :D

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killerjackalope (author)2008-11-16

Try hunting about large companies in the area, generally the problem finding them comes in because they're all sited on industrial estates in nameless faceless buildings... If you know a few people in engineering ask them about companies they know around the place, also don't shoot low, my friend did an internship at Noble and designed parts of their cars...

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caitlinsdad (author)2008-11-11

I think you might need to broaden your perspective on what a mech eng degree qualifies you for. If you are looking or expecting something in hardcore engineering, that may be tough as design/consulting firms probably look for a specific kind of engineer with more qualifications such as a P.E. license, etc. Maybe you can see what is listed for your local government agencies or even utility companies. Airports, mass transit, or seaports are always looking for facilities-type engineers. The trick is to get your foot in the door and go from there. As a last resort, you could always enlist in the military and have them "promise" you an engineering job. Good luck.

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NachoMahma (author)caitlinsdad2008-11-11

. Good advice. At a lot of places, you will start out with menial chores. If you show promise, they may actually let you do some real engineering work. The real advantage comes when it's time to get a "real" job - interns are usually at the top of the list.

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NachoMahma (author)2008-11-11

. Get your resume checked by a professional. This is going to be your face to the world, so make yourself pretty. . If you don't have a high-quality printer and good-quality paper, have a professional print your resumes. Don't get fancy with the paper, font faces/sizes - make it easy to read. . Snail-mail your resume, with cover letter, explaining the position you want. Be VERY flexible in your description. Get a pro to check the cover letter. . Follow up with phone calls. Wait 3-4 days after the resume should be delivered to make your first contact. Once a week after that should get across that you are serious without being a PITA. Who to talk to can be tricky - you need to talk to someone that actually makes (or influences) the decisions to hire. . Lots of good job-hunting tips on the 'Net.

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