A bit more info. I am 30, went back to college at 27 for an Electrical Engineering Degree. I have one year left after this semester. I have a wife and a mortgage and a job (non technical, I work in the service industry) Getting an internship is a challenging endeavor for me. I have bills to pay, so I need steady paid work. I'll still need to come back to my normal job after a summer internship, so I would need to work both jobs at the same time so as not to lose my steady job. I also can't just up and leave my general area to go get an internship somewhere else in the country. I live in the southern US (Kentucky), so there aren't just tons of engineering internships within an hour drive. The number of engineering students significantly outnumber the local engineering internships. I hear professors and the like talk about how important getting a summer internship is, but they are talking to an audience of mostly 19 and 20 year old kids who have never had a job, or have only had part time jobs for the university. I've been in the workforce for over a decade, though not in technical fields. I've worked in Loss Prevention for a number of years for one company, and worked as a manager for years at an industrial cleaning company. I don't see how three months of interning somewhere could make that big of a difference to my over all work experience, but time and time again the universities industry partners emphasize how important it is to get an internship somewhere. I have a good 3.7 GPA, and am technically proficient in programming and various other programs and tools one learns as an engineering student. So am I screwed if I don't work two jobs over the summer or does the fact that I have work experience count for anything once I start actually looking for a job? Anybody who actually works as an engineer or has worked in hiring engineers have any insight?