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Previous Internship - help or not?

  1. Oct 11, 2007 #1
    Hi all, I'm a junior EE with an excellent EE&CS GPA, and decent overall GPA. I'm very active in clubs with numerous leadership positions and believe I have good interviewing skills. I got called by a few major companies last year to be interviewed (like General Dynamics, etc) during my sophomore year. They flew me out (on their own expense) and basically pampered me for the four days (it's too bad because I didn't get the job because of my lack of experience in school, but it was fun, nonetheless).

    Just this past summer, I had an internship with a major aircraft company. I worked as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern for about two months during the summer. The experience was alright, but I did learn a lot about the professional world. I wasn't expecting the work I got when I first got there, but you have to start somewhere -- so please don't think I'm complaining. I also gained a great amount of experience with Six Sigma, Lean, and the business side of engineering (which I think is a plus, because I do want to go for my MBA and go into management after a few years when I graduate).

    Most of my classmates (EE and CE majors) did not have internships this past summer. Will my internship (in the manufacturing engineering field) help me at all with finding a decent internship for this upcoming summer, even though it wasn't related to EE at all? I'd like to think it would, but I know I'm thinking that just to make myself feel better. I figure I gained a substantial amount of exposure to the things I mentioned above and hopefully that will help me.

    Any thoughts from those that are engineers, in HR, or have heard stories from friends and families?

    Also, on a side note, I figure I'd throw this in here - I TA'd for a computer science class for about 5 weeks (meaning 5 CS labs, 2 hour sessions). I wasn't an official TA, but I joined in as help. There was already a TA for the course, but I was still in there with the instructor and the TA. Should I mention it in my resume?
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  3. Oct 11, 2007 #2
    I think it would help. As long as your GPA is good. My one friend had a 2.9 GPA and did awesome at this last internship as a computer engineer but some company's wouldn't look at his resume because of the GPA.
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