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Internship: Focus on Electrical or Systems Engineerin?

  1. Nov 3, 2007 #1
    Internship: Focus on Electrical or Systems Engineerin?

    Hi, I'm a junior EE major. I've had an internship last summer as a manufacturing engineering intern and I'll have one more summer left (between my Jr and Sr year) until I graduate. When finding internships for this summer, should I solely focus on electrical/computer engineering internships, or is it ok if I apply to systems engineering internships?

    I don't know if this helps, but I do plan on working as an engineer for a few years then going to get my MBA.

    Thanks for the help.
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  3. Nov 6, 2007 #2
  4. Nov 6, 2007 #3
    What exactly do you mean by systems engineering?
  5. Nov 7, 2007 #4
    This is a brief description taken off of a employer's website for a Systems Engineering Intern:

    The successful candidate will: - Eligible for a Top Secret/SCI clearance. - Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of tools and Windows XP. - Be able to demonstrate the ability to: -- Participate in identifying technical issues. -- Become familiar with impacts within and external to the enterprise. -- Assist in identifying risks and develop risk mitigation plans. -- Assist in preparing requirements analysis reports. -- Assist in conducting trade studies. -- Help author request for change (RFC's) documents. -- Assist in evaluating alternatives. Desired Skills/Knowledge: -- Understanding of Business Process Re-Engineering -- Familiarity with Information Technology to include: --- Hardware --- Software --- WAN/LAN --- Crypto --- Voice/Video --- Transport Media --- OSI Model -- Understanding or ability to learn the Configuration Management boards process. -- Understanding or ability to learn enterprise level capabilities and segment level requirements hierachy. -- Understanding or willingness to learn documentation custodianship. -- Desire to earn PMI certification in Program or Project Management or INCOSE certification in Systems Engineering.
  6. Nov 7, 2007 #5
    Well I would say the best course of action is to obtain an internship that you have the best chance of performing well in and gain valuable insight into that type of work. You may have to sit and ask yourself what kind of engineer do you wish to be after school?
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