Internships enable Mechanical Engineering students to see how theories learned in the classroom are applied in real life. Through hands-on internships, students obtain valuable engineering experience, as they witness firsthand the real-world, day-to-day challenges encountered by practicing professionals.
Beyond the traditional professional development opportunities provided to all cadets, the Mechanical Engineering program offers students a range of exciting internship opportunities, including:
SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES
Sandia National Laboratories: Albuquerque, NM and Livermore, CA: Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. Cadets selected for this highly regarded, competitive program participate in homeland security research projects of national interest. Past projects include cyber security research and LNG tanker vulnerability assessments. Many cadets continue their research when they return to the Academy.
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): Houston, TX: Every summer, NASA invites students from each of the military academies to attend the Johnson Space Center in Houston for four weeks to work alongside engineers, scientists and astronauts working at the cutting edge of their respective fields. Interns are exposed to the engineering problems of rocket launch and space flight, study of the physiological and psychological changes experienced during prolonged stay in space, as well as environmental studies of the changes to our own planet and atmosphere.
COAST GUARD AVIATION LOGISTICS CENTER
Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center: Elizabeth City, NC: The Aviation Logistics Center is the center of all depot-level maintenance for all Coast Guard aircraft. ALC prides itself on being ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certified in several categories, and interns learn what it takes to earn and maintain such a prestigious certification. Interns are exposed to maintenance planning on a large scale, as well as metal and composite work, avionics and systems testing, engine repair and test bed certification, paint and anti-corrosion coatings, and component history and tracking.