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How can I get a research internship this summer?

I'm currently in a high school junior in Brooklyn, NY. I would like to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for mechanical or chemical engineering. Are there any good websites I can learn some of this stuff on my own, potentially creating something in my high school career?

Thank you comment icon Do you happen to have a resume ready? Also, have you explored the businesses in your local area? Perhaps there might be some auto mechanics nearby. Connecting with professionals in related fields close to you can be an excellent opportunity for growth and learning. Keep up the good work! Kris Cousino

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Sarah’s Answer

Our company (ChevronPhillips Chemical) offers internships for college students. More information on our website here:
https://www.cpchem.com/careers/working-with-us/intern-graduate-programs
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Heather’s Answer

Hello Andrew,

Fantastic work on discovering your enthusiasm for engineering and being eager to invest additional effort to gain more experience.

I recommend browsing the Engineering department websites of the universities you're interested in, identifying professors whose research areas match your interests, and sending them your polished resume and cover letter to convey your desire to become their summer intern! It would certainly boost your chances if you can inform them about your coding skills and other relevant software skills.

Numerous professors are passionate about fostering pre-college students' curiosity in their respective fields, particularly the assistant professors who are just beginning their careers. I've witnessed professors providing both on-site and remote internships to high school students. However, one drawback of these internships is that many professors might not offer you a paid position.

I hope this advice is helpful, and I wish you the best of luck in your internship search!
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Glenn’s Answer

Great that you are looking to get meaningful experience while you are in High School. The problem is that this is not so easy. Generally companies look for college students for internships. The best answer that I have is to network. Contact your teachers in your STEM program and let them know what yo are looking for. Then reach out to your parents and ask if they have friends working in mechanical or chemical engineering, or friend that work at a company that has mechanical or chemical engineers on staff. Also, your friends' parents may work in this field. Next is to look for companies close to where you live that work in these fields.

You need to also prepare. You will need a basic resume. Highlight your classes, your aspirations, any work experience. You can include a hobby or two as well. You should do some research on any company that you talk to, so you can have some questions to ask.

Good luck on your search

Glenn recommends the following next steps:

Network
Prepare a resume
Research the companies you contact
Set up appointments to discuss what you are looking for
Thank you comment icon I appreciate you taking the time to answer this. Andrew
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Mrinalini’s Answer

Great job, Andrew!
Here are some helpful links for you:
- https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1749772820300300

- https://www.careers360.com/courses-certifications/articles/17-courses-in-chemical-engineering-students-can-pursue-right-now

- https://cutm.ac.in/study-guide/what-are-the-skills-and-qualities-that-you-need-to-be-a-mechanical-engineer/

Wishing you all the best in your endeavors!
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