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Working As An Engineering Internship

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $62,050

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Internship Do

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.

Duties

Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure that they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

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How To Become An Engineering Internship

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.

Education

High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Advancement

Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Engineering Internship Career Paths

Engineering Internship
Software Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Researcher Senior Scientist Research And Development Manager
Research And Development Director
12 Yearsyrs
Researcher Fellow Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineering Aide 3.2 years
Junior Engineer 2.1 years
Student Engineer 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 21.8%
Volunteer 4.6%
Researcher 3.9%
Tutor 3.3%
Cashier 2.8%
Assistant 2.8%
President 2.6%
Math Tutor 2.2%
Engineer 2.2%
Top Employers After
Engineer 7.3%
Internship 7.1%
Researcher 2.3%

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Engineering Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

74.8%

Female

19.7%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

52.3%

Asian

20.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

9.0%

Unknown

5.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.0%

French

9.9%

Chinese

9.6%

Mandarin

8.5%

German

7.0%

Hindi

4.1%

Arabic

4.1%

Japanese

3.0%

Portuguese

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Italian

2.3%

Russian

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Korean

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Turkish

1.3%

Gujarati

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Polish

0.8%

Urdu

0.7%
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Engineering Internship Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

8.6%

Purdue University

8.2%

Iowa State University

6.6%

Texas A&M University

6.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.6%

Michigan State University

5.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.9%

University of Florida

4.7%

Texas Tech University

4.3%

San Jose State University

4.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.1%

West Virginia University

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.8%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.7%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

31.6%

Electrical Engineering

11.8%

Civil Engineering

11.1%

Chemical Engineering

6.2%

Industrial Engineering

4.5%

Computer Engineering

4.3%

Engineering

4.0%

Computer Science

3.7%

Business

3.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.6%

Petroleum Engineering

2.6%

Biomedical Engineering

2.5%

Aerospace Engineering

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.4%

Environmental Engineering

1.1%

Mining Engineering

1.0%

Engineering Technology

1.0%

Management

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.9%

Masters

27.0%

Other

7.4%

Doctorate

3.6%

Associate

1.9%

Certificate

0.9%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.0%
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Real Engineering Internship Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bridge Test Engineer Intern Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Aug 09, 2016 $79,700
Bridge Test Engineer Intern Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Dec 31, 2014 $76,000
Engineering Intern C.H. Fenstermaker and Associates, Inc. New Orleans, LA Jan 10, 2016 $73,996
Engineer Intern II Stanley Consultants, Inc. Chicago, IL May 18, 2015 $73,000
Bridge Test Engineer Intern Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Sep 08, 2013 $72,700
Intern Engineer JWL Associates Hacienda Heights, CA Jan 08, 2016 $69,497
Engineer Intern II Stanley Consultants, Inc. Muscatine, IA Sep 30, 2014 $69,200
Coastal Engineer Intern HDR Engineering, Inc. Lafayette, LA Oct 27, 2016 $68,806
Staff Engineer (Intern Junior Keystone Engineering Inc. Metairie, LA Sep 18, 2013 $68,640
Coastal Engineer Intern HDR Engineering, Inc. Lafayette, LA Nov 09, 2016 $67,995
Engineering Intern C.H. Fenstermaker and Associates, Inc. New Orleans, LA Mar 08, 2016 $67,330
Bridge Test Engineer Intern Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Sep 08, 2010 $66,625
Engineer Intern Marlin Engineering, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2009 $65,978
Engineer Intern SWRF, L.L.C. Tampa, FL Mar 27, 2010 $60,231 -
$40
Geotechnical Engineer Intern DEVO Seereeram, PHD., P.E., LLC Orlando, FL Jun 01, 2014 $60,000
Engineer Intern Morcom, N.V., Inc. Chicago, IL Jul 11, 2014 $59,987
Transportation Drainage Engineering Intern Inwood Consulting Engineers, Inc. Oviedo, FL Sep 18, 2016 $59,842 -
$63,440
Engineering Intern II Meshek & Associates, PLC Tulsa, OK Sep 18, 2011 $59,500
Engineer Intern Morcom, N.V., Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 20, 2013 $59,360
Engineer Intern Clark Dietz, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jun 03, 2013 $59,030
Engineer Intern Clark Dietz, Inc. Champaign, IL Sep 15, 2011 $55,536
Engineer Intern City of Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District Cincinnati, OH Oct 01, 2012 $55,472
Engineer Intern II Neel Schaffer Inc. Baton Rouge, LA Aug 25, 2015 $55,400
Engineer Intern Stuart Consulting Group, Inc. Metairie, LA Aug 24, 2015 $55,136
Global Intern/Engineer Magnesita Refractories Company N.A. York, PA Jan 15, 2011 $55,000
Trainee Intern Engineer Nathelyne A. Kennedy & Associates, LP Houston, TX Aug 25, 2015 $55,000

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Top Skills for An Engineering Internship

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Safety
  3. Lab
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  • Organized and compiled test plans for customer projects to ensure systems performed to specifications and regulations.
  • Assessed ergonomic safety in mill and office areas area utilizing field analysis techniques to identify ergonomic and other safety hazards.
  • Directed district initiative in creating an interactive database of district equipment available to all district employees.
  • Developed Engineering skills by working with Engineers daily on CAD programs generating helicopter components.
  • Updated engineering drawings by recreating AutoCAD drawings into SolidWorks solid models and drawings.

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