Engineering interns at large companies are now expected to take on mechanical engineering internship positions at large firms, including some companies that are highly ranked in the Fortune 500.
These positions are not a new idea, but they have increased significantly in the last year or so.
According to the American Institute of Engineering, this has resulted in more people being hired into the position.
Many engineers at large tech companies are also taking on internships, with interns becoming increasingly sought after as part of the recruiting process.
Many are also getting hired into positions that are traditionally held by engineers.
A new report published by LinkedIn and CareerBuilder shows that there are currently more than 9,000 engineering internship positions in the U.S. at large, up from 7,000 in March.
“We see a lot of engineers with engineering backgrounds coming into the field,” says Mark Hurd, the senior vice president for research at CareerBuilder.
“And that’s great, because that means there are more people willing to work on projects and get exposure.”
There are also a number of new roles that are being added.
“This is going to be the next big thing for engineering interns,” says Hurd.
Some of these positions are currently held by professionals who have already received degrees.
These are not exactly positions that students typically find rewarding.
But they are still a great opportunity to learn, especially for someone who has a passion for technology and engineering.
Some positions are more specialized than others.
“For people who are really interested in mechanical engineering, they may want to look at these internships that are focused on mechanical fabrication and systems engineering,” says Jeff Krieger, an engineering and technology recruiter at Career Builder.
“Those are going to give them the opportunity to work closely with engineering and technical people.”
For the average engineer, a mechanical engineer internship will pay $13.55 an hour, and it will provide exposure to the technology they work on, Hurd says.
For those who aren’t looking for a full-time internship, the average starting salary for an engineering intern is $30,000, according to CareerBuilder, which is $6,000 more than a typical full-year engineering internship.
The number of engineering intern positions has increased significantly since March, when there were 9,923 engineering intern jobs in the United States, according.
The increase in internships has also occurred at smaller companies.
The average salary for a software engineer in April was $46,200, down $3,000 from the same month last year, according of the latest data from CareerBuilder from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But the numbers for software engineers have increased at large technology companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook.
“Companies that are ranked in these big Fortune 500s are also finding that engineering is an attractive career,” Hurd said.
“These companies are seeing that they have engineering students who are going into engineering intern placements.
And then they’re seeing that there’s a lot more engineering talent in the industry.”
Employers are also hiring for engineering positions at more than 200 technology companies.
“There are a lot companies out there that are looking for engineers,” Krieg says.
“The number of people working on software engineering is very high.”
But not all employers are looking to offer engineering intern opportunities.
Some companies are looking out for their own bottom line.
Some tech companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Cisco, have a reputation for hiring engineering talent on the cheap.
According, to a survey from the UBS Wealth Management Research Institute, a large percentage of these companies, at least in the first quarter of 2018, were looking for candidates who would be willing to do internships on short-term contracts for a minimum wage.
Other companies are still offering internships.
For example, at LinkedIn, the majority of the engineering intern placement jobs in April were at technology companies and not for full-fledged engineering jobs, according the data from the BLS.
“A lot of companies are saying that engineering interns are an asset and that you can get exposure to people in the field if you take a look at the company,” Hutton says.
But some of these internship opportunities are only available to students at a university or school.
“You don’t see a ton of places to go to school to get a degree,” says Kriegg.
“They’re more focused on finding the best people who can fill these roles.”
Employer searches are also changing, and these companies are beginning to see the value of recruiting engineering talent for engineering roles.
“Many companies are finding that engineers are a good fit for their technology, and they’re looking for people who will take on engineering projects,” Hunk says.
And some companies are even hiring for those positions.
“Some of these intern positions are at companies that have a lot engineering talent, so it’s more of a hybrid internship and engineering job,” Hootes says.
In some cases, employers are offering full-tuition