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Engineering Internships: academic research vs. industry

  1. Mar 11, 2014 #1
    I am currently a mechanical engineering student planning to work in the aerospace industry. I am a likely candidate for two internship opportunities; one of them is at a smaller aerospace firm that builds target drones and the other is at a university doing nanosystem research. Which would be more valuable to potential employers in the future?

    Any thoughts/ advice is greatly appreciated!
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  3. Mar 11, 2014 #2
    Probably the one in industry, but you may not get the choice, and either will be far better than nothing.
  4. Mar 11, 2014 #3


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    Who do you see as your "potential employers in the future?" Academia, or industry?

    But either way, you already know something about what academia looks like, at least from a customer's point of view. Looking at the alternative won't hurt you, whatever your preferences are.
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