Internships in Engineering Series, Spring 2024

Obtaining information about the professional world from those who’ve gone before you can be extremely helpful, and here at Career Services, we love promoting that!

Last March, Mark Lohatepanont ‘24, a Senior in the Engineering Department sat down with a few other students to speak about his research and internships experience in the field of telecoms and aerospace engineering. For those who were unable to make it, here’s a summary of the key pieces of advice he had for students.

Landing a Summer Internship

  • Go the referral way: As much as you’re able to, make a connection with someone at the company you’re interested in who could potentially write a letter of reference for you
  • As usual, our alums are often open to doing this and can be reached out to you via SwatLink or LinkedIn
  • Unpaid internships provide a great way to get experience in the field. Some places to get started include Engineers without Borders, Bridges to Prosperity, and Army Corp of Engineers (ACE).

Landing a Summer Research Position

  • Consider speaking to professors in the Department who may be working on topics you’re interested in
  • For off-campus opportunities: look out for compilations online or postings from individual labs. Princeton for example, often has openings for summer research. Consider that a summer research position could provide future connections for a PhD
  • Funding available: Swarthmore Academic Divisions; NSF, NDSEG, DoE, DoD. Note that some NSF roles might require US citizenship

Making Yourself A Competitive Candidate

  • Get involved! J’s Shop, Makerspace, Art/Set Design, Swaudio, clubs. . .prioritize getting as much experience as possible
  • Having said that, don’t worry about being ‘unskilled’; most positions have ample opportunities for on-the-job training
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment, blowing stuff up still teaches you what not to do

Modified on April 24, 2024.

By Immaculata Daikpor
Immaculata Daikpor Career Fellow