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Mechanical Engineering Internships

Curious about mechanical engineering internships? Learn how to apply, the skills you need, and what you should expect.

Start Building Your Future in Mechanical Engineering 

Here’s everything you need to know to secure a mechanical engineering internship that will take you to the next step in your career. If you’re unsure where to start, you’re in the right place. FactoryFix has helped thousands of skilled workers make more in manufacturing and we can help you too with job recommendations and free training resources tailored to you.

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What Does a Typical Mechanical Engineering Career Path Look Like?

A mechanical engineering internship can give you a head start by providing the hands-on experience and connections required to excel in your career. Skilled professionals working as mechanical engineers can rise to senior levels of engineering in an organization and, in some cases, may fill top executive roles. Mechanical engineers who opt to receive master’s or doctoral degrees can extend their career options by qualifying them for faculty roles or positions as engineering consultants. There are numerous ways to navigate the mechanical engineering career path.

What Are the Education Requirements for Mechanical Engineering Interns?

To land a mechanical engineering internship, you should be enrolled in an electrical, mechanical, civil, or general engineering bachelor’s program. Some employers may have additional requirements based on their fields, such as knowledge of specific materials, the application of engineering principles, or communication skills. Employers may also have a minimum GPA or class enrollment requirement.

How Do You Get a Mechanical Engineering Internship?

There is a wide variety of opportunities available for aspiring engineers. Some schools may build internship opportunities into their curriculum. For those who don’t, beginning with a simple search on FactorFix’s job board can give you a sense of what mechanical engineering internships are currently available and the necessary skills and qualifications. Do your research and get a sense of which companies might appeal to you. 

Once that’s done, you can begin the application process. For this step, make sure you’ve got a strong resume that demonstrates your growth potential. After you’ve secured an interview, you’ll need to prepare so you can be sure to put your best self forward. Again, research is key here. 

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Get Your Mechanical Engineering Resume in Shape

Whether this will be your first internship or not, having a strong resume is critical to making it to the interview stage. Make sure your resume is up to date with all your latest skills, experiences, extracurriculars, classes, certifications, and so on. Take a look at the job descriptions and requirements for mechanical engineering internships you’re interested in and note any keywords. Then, be sure to incorporate those keywords into your resume. Oftentimes, employers use an algorithm to sort through the thousands of potential applicants, and keywords are important for making it more likely that your resume will pass through. 

Check out our blog, for a more in-depth guide on how to polish up your resume.

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