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Make It Real

Internships are an amazing opportunity for students to get real-world experience in a working environment. We encourage our mechanical engineering students at all levels to take advantage of the internship opportunities available in the public and private sectors, within and beyond the State of Idaho.  In addition to gaining valuable engineering experience, you may apply your internship as a technical or mechanical engineering elective in our curriculum.

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I have learned a lot from my internship. If you are focused at work, you can see many of the principles taught in our classes. The real world aspect of it is also really enlightening – everything from the economics of production, to what it takes to hold tolerances during production runs. 

– Michael Roberts, intern at Primary Weapons Systems

What is an internship?

  • An arrangement between an organization and a student where service is exchanged for substantive experience.
  • A good way for an individual to sample various industries, gain exposure to a variety of processes, work in a professional environment, and create professional networks.
  • Interns gain exposure to many aspects of an industry they had not previously considered, creating more options for them in their career planning.
  • Positions may be paid or unpaid and are generally of a fixed term.
  • While not a given, many interns find employment with the companies where they intern due to the experience they gain.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Need more help?

Photo of Don PlumleeMBE Department Internship Coordinator
Don Plumlee, Ph.D., P.E. (Chair)
MBE Department Office, ENGR 201

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Academic and Career Service Building, Room 111