Tips for Aerospace Internships

Aerospace internships are provided by some of the world’s major corporations and organizations. There are various levels of internship, from summer internships to major professional and entry level types of internship. These internships are important career options, and need to be evaluated carefully, when selecting a career path.

Finding an Internship Online

Although aerospace internships are easy to find online, many students can find themselves looking for the internships that fit their college majors, or point them in the right direction for their careers. That’s not necessarily simple, because the academic fields in aerospace are quite different. If you’re majoring in science, engineering, computer science, mechanical or aerospace engineering, the choices can be confusing. 

The quickest way to do an efficient internship search is to concentrate on the major industry employers and professional sites. These include NASA, Lockheed, Boeing, Honeywell, Goodrich, and many other major corporations. These employers also provide good descriptions of their internships. They’re also worth looking at in terms of getting a good look at the best internships available for comparison purposes. 

Major job boards tend to produce the entire range of possible options. They produce what you don’t need. You need to refine your search. Using technical terms which describe your specialty or academic area can greatly simplify your search. It is important to not use generic terms like “engineering”, because you get endless pages of results.

As a precaution, it’s advisable to contact the internship provider to get additional information and confirm you’ve found the right job. The employer contact will also be able to answer any questions and explain the terms of employment. For academic purposes, also check with your college regarding credits and suitability.

Interviews and Internship Issues

You may be surprised at the very high levels of expertise required for aerospace engineering internships. This is mainly because of the advanced technical nature of the work. Aerospace technology, in whatever form of engineering you do, is a mix of issues. There are two major types of internships, academic and job related internships.

Academic

This is a strictly formal series of requirements for interns which must be met.

  • Core knowledge,
  • Technical skills,
  • Academic standards of attainment
  • Systems accreditations
  • Engineering certifications

Job related

The job related requirements form a major part of interviews. Many of these internships require very high starting levels of essential skills, and the interviews are conducted at an appropriate professional level. Interview questions will relate directly to specific core job functions. For preparation you will need to assess and research:

  • Employer business and products
  • Relevant employer technical information
  • Each core function, relating directly to the employer’s work
  • Technical systems, and employer operational methods

Unlike other industries, aerospace engineering includes a lot of unique elements in design and the employer’s own proprietary technology, some of which is often new, and requires a strong level of technical knowledge. Even a fully qualified aerospace engineer needs a lot of information to work with this technology and understand the job.