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Which US company internship should I pick?

  1. Aug 12, 2015 #1
    I'm an Industrial Engineering graduate currently enrolled in Manufacturing Engineering master studies in Europe. I have an opportunity to seek for internship in US. Don't have any particular strengths, just been working in tobacco manufacturing for a year.

    I guess my determinants are:
    1. Salary (only paid internships, the higher the better)
    2. Opportunities within the industry (international recognition, career perspectives)
    3. State (interesting people, beautiful environment)

    Once I have some idea, I will be able to target chosen companies specifically.
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  3. Aug 12, 2015 #2
    The one you get an offer for is usually a safe bet
  4. Aug 12, 2015 #3
    I could apply for a prepared list of companies but I could also give it a chance to go for the ones of my choice. It's just that there're so many advertisements all over the states that I need to somehow narrow down my choice.
  5. Aug 12, 2015 #4


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    At this point in your schooling you're better off focusing on the opportunity first, salary and location second. Try to get a high-visibility position where you are doing real work and can make connections. Also, if it is at a company that hires its interns after graduation, this is a good opportunity for "try-before-you-buy".

    A meaty internship can be a great way into a first job.
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