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Asked by Evan on August 27, 2017

I have just completed my first internship as an engineering student. Although I enjoyed some of the jobs I completed, I did not have the opportunity to make engineering decisions often. If my next internship is similar, would it be appropriate to ask for more responsibility so I am better prepared for my first job after graduation?

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on August 29, 2017

Good morning,
I would suggest when looking for your second internship to find a company that has a structutred internship program. This will ensure you have a final project and regaular feedback sessions with your direct supervisor. This type of internship will assist you to prepare for your full-time career.
Best of luck to you!

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on August 29, 2017

Congrats on completing your first internship. With it being your first, it sounds like it was a great opportunity that you'll be able to build upon.
Going into your next internship, you will most likely have a meeting with your immediate supervisor going over the purpose and goals of your time there. In addition to the application and interview process for the internship itself, this conversation is a perfect time to communicate what you would like to gain from the experience and ask if possible, how to make it happen so that it's beneficial for both you and the company. This communicates to your supervisor that you want and are capable of that responsibility. 

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Answered by James, Hiring Expert at Broadridge, on August 31, 2017

Interning within your desired field is a great way to get a taste of what the role is really like. Sometimes, internships can not offer the extensive details that a full-time engineer may encounter on the day to day. It is a great idea to ask for more tasks to further your knowledge of the role. Job shadowing in a great way to get more information on what the responsibilities of the role are as well.

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