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Will I get stuck in the Aviation industry if I get an internship at an aircraft company (i.e. Airbus, Boeing etc.)?

Asked Wichita, Kansas

I am afraid that if I get a degree in Aerospace Engineering and I get an internship at an Aircraft Company, that I will only be qualified for Aviation engineering. I want to be employed with a company that focuses mostly on Astronautics and Spacecraft design. Will my degree be enough qualification to go into the space engineering. #engineering #aerospace #aeronautics #astronautics

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Skyler’s Answer

Updated Houston, Texas

Hello Tyler! I wrote the following for someone asking about choosing the aero or astro side in school, but trust me, the same applies to internship or even post-graduation work experience.

While you might think of aerospace engineering as a broad topic, it's truly a very specialized focus of mechanical engineering, so don't worry! Any degree will aerospace engineering will have courses in and expose you to the aero and the astro side of the degree. Then as you get into your junior and senior years, you'll be more focused on one over the other and choose a track, but the classes you take as a freshman and sophomore will help to guide you to your true passion. And just because you focus on one DOESN'T mean that you'll be stuck in that realm forever, you'll be able to work in the field on either side because engineering teaches you how to be a critical thinker and a problem solver who can learn and tackle anything. And you can usually take the classes on the other track as electives if you wish, that way you come out as a very well-rounded aero/astro engineer. I hope this helps!

Wael’s Answer

Updated Redford Charter Township, Michigan

Honestly, I did! I started my career in internal combustion research and I have been trying to switch to something else for sometime. Whenever you have experience in something employers rarely see you good for something else.