"Hello! I'm Jane a sophomore in Aerospace Engineering, and I'm having trouble finding entry-level internship opportunities for summer 2021. I am looking to find hands-on experience in the aerospace field that would help me get a better feel for the major and learn about the work environment. I have conducted some research, but without making much progress. I'm a little stuck and would really appreciate your help and advice. Thank you!"
"It's great that you are being proactive in trying to find an internship, especially given current difficulties that are out of your control. (I had the same problem during the 2008 financial crash, when I was in school.) Contact your favorite professors, use LinkedIN, the NCSU job website and participate in any virtual / in-person job fairs. I will also check at my employer and get back to you ..."
"Jack here. I'm a junior in mechanical engineering with a minor in computer programming. I'm looking to chat with Mechanical Engineering graduates that shifted their career into another field post-graduation. I'm specifically interested in renewable energy but have struggled to garner much interest from employers as my degree is in mechanical engineering. I'm really just am curious to hear more about that process and how it went for you/any advice you might have for me. Thank you so much!"
"Hi Jack. I found my mechanical engineering degree to be pretty flexible. Though COVID makes things more difficult, there are lots of opportunities for both mechE and computer science to support. Reach out to the NC State Solar center and FREEDM Center. Renewables is a natural place for a mechanical engineer. Pick up Solar Engineering, Turbomachinery, and Heat Exchangers . . ."
"Good Evening, My name is Sam and I am a junior here at NCSU. I previously served in the US Navy. I am an aerospace engineering major and working towards a minor in physics."
"Hi Sam. Very glad you reached out. You have an impressive background. I was an Aerospace Engineer at State and I have working for a major NASA supplier for over a dozen years, and would be happy to share my thoughts an insights. Please email me back to setup a good time to connect via Zoom."
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