I have been fortunate to have an internship every summer since my freshman year and I cannot stress enough how helpful it has been towards my development and how it enhanced my college experience.
My biggest advice is to seek opportunities as soon as possible!
The SEC Career Fair occurs the second week of each semester and it hits us very quickly. This can be overwhelming for anyone trying to balance new class, work or research internship opportunities.
It is a lot of work, but well worth it. I remember being stressed out during the career fair, hoping to get an interview, and then preparing for it. I got an interview and ended up working at the company I wanted. None of that would have been possible if I didn’t prepare beforehand.
What you learn in an internship is invaluable.
- In school we learn the technical aspect and why things work the way they do. While at work, we are able to apply what we learn to real life situations.
- Not only do you learn the application side of engineering, but you are also exposed to interesting projects and different types of people other than your peers in college. In the workplace, you learn how to work with people of all ages and all backgrounds which is vital to preparing you for a successful career.
- Last but not least, the opportunity to try a job or industry out for 3 months and see if that is something you would like to do full-time.
Texas A&M is a big school with an abundance of opportunities so I highly recommend researching and utilizing all of the resources offered.
Want to gain relevant industry experience?
Texas A&M University offers a website where you can apply to local job offers as well as internships and full-time employment. Through the website, you can add filters that can narrow your job searches to find the perfect fit for you.