Finding an internship

Hey Nicolette,

I just graduated from Embry Riddle with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in December. I started my M.S. in Engineering Management at Mercer University this past January. It seems like you might have my dream job actually. My main obstacle right now is obtaining an internship. I unfortunately didn't have one throughout my undergrad career. I really want some hands on experience in the aerospace industry as soon as possible. I've applied online to many many companies, but I haven't received much feedback. How can I become more noticeable in online applications? I know have useful skills that I can bring to a company, but I am just not able to find an open door to let me put those skills to use. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, that would SO helpful. Thanks.

Shammy
posted by Shammy, Daytona Beach, FL on February 20, 2013

Answer by Nicolette Yovanof

Hi Shammy, I'm happy to give you my thoughts on getting an internship and I'm so glad to hear that you're interested in doing one. I agree with you that hands on experience is a strong point when looking for a full time job. There are two key recommendations I would make. The first is for online applications - make sure that you tailor your resume for each job that you're applying for highlighting skills that match the position. You want to identify what is really critical and in the job posting and make sure that your resume highlights the skills you have that address that so that you don't get filtered out. An online resume can be longer than an in person one, so use it to your advantage. Second, make sure that you're personally getting out there to meet recruiters and companies at events like career fairs and workshops. A lot of companies do recruiting through organization and school career fairs and that is a great way to get some direct feedback and meet people in person. Things like the Society of Women Engineers conference, diversity events, and other things that your schools may offer. And if you have ways to get involved in projects, research, other university work make sure to do that in the meantime! Good luck with your internship search!