I just graduated with my BS degrees in physics and applied math this December 2009. After taking a few mechanical engineering classes, I'm certain that I want to enter pursue a career in mechanical/aerospace engineering. I'm especially interested in working with aircraft, missiles, satellites, etc for a defense contractor or aerospace company. I would prefer to eventually obtain a position where I can do strictly numerical/computational work but avoid experimental and hands-on work, so one area I've been looking into is CFD. I haven't really been successful at landing interviews for engineering positions as I've only gotten 2 interviews for full-time positions at aerospace/defense companies. However, I'm getting contacted by some non-engineering companies for such positions as 'Data Analyst' that aren't engineering-related at all But recently I've been getting some attention for engineering internship positions. That's because I also got into the MSME program for the fall 2010 term at a school, but I'm still thinking about whether I want to start this fall. I was thinking this would help alot with my current job search. Anyways, I got one job offer so far for an manufacturing process intern position. There are few things about this that has me concerned. It is for a company that manufactures contacts and other small metallic components that are used by aerospace companies (the companies I'd rather work for). I get the feeling that they're willing to hire anyone. For instance, I got an offer for the position just a couple days after I interviewed. This is especially surprising given the current economy. Anyways, during the interview, the interviewer showed me around the floor where I'd do the hands-on work. It seems like the work is something technicians and not engineers would do as it involves machining and electro-plating. When I was given a tour of where I'd do alot of my work, it was only technicians working in the area. Not to mention alot of the technicians looked like they didn't even know how to speak English. Also, I got a very brief tour of the office floor and didn't get to meet any of the engineers. The job description never mentioned how I would use any software that MEs use, such as CAD, FEA, etc. Luckily, they seemed pretty flexible about my accepting the offer or not. They said that they want me to begin as soon as possible and expect me to work 40 hrs/wk. But they can accomodate fewer hours per week if I need extra time off for full-time job interviews or school. (By school, they're referring to the fact that I'm currently auditing courses in aerodynamics, mass transfer, and FEA) Other than the fact that the position has the word 'manufacturing' in it, I fail to see how this will help me build engineering experience. I know that I shouldn't be picky especially given the current economy. But recently I've actually gotten some phone interviews and contacts about engineering internship openings at other companies. In particular, I had a phone interview for an aircraft interiors company last week where I'd learn CATIA, but they said they can't get back to me until 3 weeks for a possible on-site interview. What should I do?