Long post, read the TL;DR if you please! Hi everybody, first post here. Probably should have asked this much earlier, but I didn't find this site till just a few minutes ago. I'm a senior studying materials science and engineering, I'm planning to stay another year for a master's degree in materials science and engineering as well. I have an offer from one of the big three automotive companies for an internship, the consideration deadline for the offer is tomorrow afternoon. The salary is competitive (except against oil companies, but that's to be expected), relocation/housing and other benefits are pretty solid too. So I'm not worried on that front, in general I'm not too worried about salary/benefits for now, it's just an internship. The two things I am most focused on are: 1. Will the work be interesting? 2. Does the company have sufficient opportunities for full time in my field of interest (Materials). It's hard to say whether the work will be interesting, so worrying too much about point 1 probably gets me nowhere. All I know is I have a pretty strong interest in cars, I am not sure if the projects I'd be working on will be interesting though, that's still a crapshoot of sorts. So it really comes down to point 2. It's "just an internship", a phrase which I've heard probably 10 times today from my friends who are attempting to give career advice, but nevertheless we all know that the final year internship is the fast track to full-time entry level employment at said company. My big worry is how materials intensive the working in the automotive industry will be. I realize that the majority of the engineers in the automotive industry are mechanical or electrical engineers, but that's true of say, the aerospace industry too, yet I get the feeling that there is a greater focus and greater opportunities for working within materials in aerospace than in automotive. The companies which have the highest percentage of materials engineers to total engineers are probably steel or aluminum companies, followed by polymers companies in all likelihood. However having worked with steel this past summer I don't think it's the right fit for me (old industry, many locations are pretty remote/non-urban, etc.). Frankly I'm not marketable for polymers or ceramics at the moment either, work experience and research experience has all been in metals and metals processing thus far. So basically, what are more materials (and more specifically, metals) related engineering industries? So far I can think of the following: Primary Metals Aerospace and Defense Oil and Gas (Corrosion) Automotive (Maybe?) I just finished the final round of interviewing with one of the major oil companies for their materials/corrosion group, they are still in the process of deciding whom to give offers to, I don't think they'll have decided by tomorrow afternoon (one can always pray though...). In metals I'm basically only going to apply for the aluminum industry, as I feel I want to work on something other than steel. In aerospace the only major company that recruits materials interns from my school is Boeing, and at the moment (as of two years ago, a change in recruiting strategy) they only hire entry-level/intern materials engineers in the spring, so regardless the waiting game would have to be played for aerospace. TL;DR: I'm not sure the automotive industry does enough work within the field of materials for me to warrant spending my final summer internship working there. Can anybody confirm or deny? Can anybody suggest other more materials/metals intensive industries? Also any career advice, insights, experiences, etc. of any kind from those who have graduated from an undergrad/grad engineering program, especially materials, would be appreciated.