Internships can be a great way to grow your mechanical engineering skills. Below are some excellent programs to consider.
NASA: Despite recent funding cuts, NASA still runs a large internship program that gives students a chance to work with some of the world’s best mechanical engineering talent. There are roles available in a variety of facilities in dynamic metro areas including Goddard (Washington, DC area), Jet Propulsion Lab (Los Angeles Area), Ames Research Center (Silicon Valley), and Cape Canaveral (Orlando Area).
Boeing: The aerospace giant, one of the nation’s biggest and most respected companies, operates arguably the largest mechanical engineering internship program anywhere. Interns work in a range of departments across all of the company’s major product lines: satellites, commercial airplanes, submarines, and more. While the bulk of the roles are in the Seattle area, they also have large offices in Southern California and St. Louis.
SpaceX: The next entity to get to moon might not be NASA. It’s more likely to be Elon Musk’s private company. They have internships available in Texas, Southern California, and Florida. At SpaceX, you’ll be working on some of the coolest technologies available. Musk is a notoriously tough boss, but the learning experiences you will have there make it worth it.
Walt Disney Theme Parks: At Disney, you won’t be making things that go to the moon, but you will be making things that send kids over the moon. You will work on creating roller coasters, rides, and other projects that make kids happy.
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