Internships for undergraduates

What happens if you ask for an internship and the company you have approached doesn’t have internships? Well, the conversation will probably stop there. The trick therefore is not to ask for an internship, but for some work experience; it’s a more common term. Your job is to simply look for both, so be more open minded. You need work experience and all work experience in your area is good experience.

In this program I give you some guidelines as to what sort of experiences you should be looking for as a self-check to make sure you see the benefit of this experience. When you are starting off, it’s important to understand that actually being in an organisation will open your eyes to how business works and give you exposure to dealing with a wide range of people from a variety of backgrounds. This will broaden your personal perspective of your industry and help you refine your choices in career direction.

If you need work experience or an internship, consider The Internship Program.


Step 1: Know Your NASA

My fundamental principal for an undergraduate is to aspire to work for a company you would like to work for, such as “NASA”. It might sound far fetched, but if that’s what you want to do, then go for it. So what is your NASA?


Step 2: Finding Companies (Searching for Your NASA)

You need to know HOW to find companies in your field. You will be shown HOW to find all the engineering companies in your discipline such as Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Instrumentation, Process, Chemical etc based on their company size: small, medium to large and extremely large.


Step 3: Contacting These Companies (SETI = Searching for Engineers Throughout Industry)

Consider this: do you need to be a proactive person or a reactive person? Who would you hire?

A: The young engineer who proactively introduced him or herself, or
B: The reactive online engineer who waits to be contacted via an impersonal online application. You know the drill: HR contact you to come in to meet the relevant persons.

Who would you hire?


Step 4: How To Make Contact With The Illusive Engineer or Manager

Learn HOW to contact them, WHO to contact, WHEN to contact & WHAT to say.
It’s actually simple, but hard to do – it’s a skill that can be learned through practice.


Step 5: Learn a New Language

“Engineering Talk.” Truly bizarre ancient language, but fun.


Step 6: What Are The REAL Chances of Finding Work Experience? Set Out to Succeed. 

If you worry about the economy, or think it’s tough to find work, YOU will need to change your ATTITUDE before starting. Simply because if you set out to TRY you won’t succeed; if you set out to GET work experience, I will help you. 

What I encourage you to understand is simple: older engineers (Silverbacks) actually enjoy being approached by younger versions of themselves, but the key is in how to do this without being annoying. 

Commit yourself to working for a company you’d like to work for. You will find all matter of situations and obstacles you will need to overcome, but with each step you will get closer to your goal. Through each step you will learn something more about the industry. It will be challenging and it will bring out the best in you, so dream and think big – why not?


Step 7: Commitment to Your Career

Do you want a job? Or reworded: do you just want to get your foot in the door and change later? Or do you want to start a career? 

All these simple questions shift your mindset away from conventional thought. They’re more reflective and they assist you to get off to a great start in your career by being more mindful of your choices and understanding you have to take responsibility for your career. It’s your career, no one else’s. 

Be optimistic, courageous, respectful and considerate of others and you will succeed. Commit to an area of your field and research it well. You will be shown how to do this and then learn how to market yourself to this sector. 


Step 8: Experience is Important To Be Shown on Your RESUME

Not only can you add this experience to your resume, but most importantly of all…

“It tells an employer more about your work ethic and attitude towards your career.”

During my time at university I worked whenever possible. Although I felt tired mentally from studying I knew from previous experience that actually working is often far easier than your studies and it provides you with a healthy balance between university lifestyle and the working environment. Simple things like breaking routines and getting up early for work, getting dressed for work more formally, and meeting people older and the same age as you in a professional work environment are really beneficial.


Step 9: Its Not What You Know It’s Who You Know, So Who Do You Know?

Most graduates and undergraduates realise that it’s not what you know, but who you know. So ask yourself, who do you know?

If you’re still unsure you can use LinkedIn to check. Those who gained an internship or simply worked at a company often find themselves as graduates at that company. The reason this happens is simple: they have made the effort to find work, established working relationships, and quite simply it’s much easier for the company to hire them. They already know them, so it’s a win-win for both the individual and the company.


Step 10: Find a Company You Would Love To Work For, Start Now!

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it” – Steve Jobs

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