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A Guide to Mechanical Engineering Internships Abroad

As one of the broadest and most applicable sciences, interning in mechanical engineering abroad is an ideal opportunity. It is an experience that when put on your resume will easily set you apart from other candidates for future jobs, not to mention mechanical engineering internships abroad will boost your engineering acumen and help you establish yourself as an internationally minded and culturally capable engineer. From designing and working with huge manufacturing systems to the minute planning of energy transfer, mechanical engineers are in demand all over the world. Mechanical engineering internships abroad will allow you to put your exceptional mind to work in an exciting new place.

Why Intern Abroad

More than ever, mechanical engineering is a global endeavor of locating great ideas from all over the world and combining them to create working systems that complete a task in an exceptional way, saving time, money, and energy by optimizing systems using the brightest minds. Having international experience, especially work experience, in a different culture can highlight your status as a competent engineer who has the ability to work and communicate successfully across cultures. Out of the percentage of your peers that will complete a mechanical engineering internship at the time of graduation, few will do so abroad; international internship experience will not only expand your worldview, but it will be something you never forget. 

Furthermore, as a rigorous major, it is more difficult to fit a study abroad experience into the curriculum, unlike your friends in other disciplines. Mechanical engineering internships abroad will help satisfy any taste for international travel and cultural expansion, while allowing you to practice mechanical engineering in a practical and professional environment, earn academic credit, and add a respected piece of experience to your resume.


Since mechanical engineering is instrumental to nearly every industry all around the world, those looking to intern abroad in mechanical engineering are fortunate in the abundance of location choices. Australia offers a vibrant cultural experience while working in the field of marine mechanical engineering, applying classroom knowledge to real life watercraft. Other common engineering placements in Australia are offered in the mining industry or working with industrial and transportation equipment, one of Australia’s biggest trades. 

For those looking for the popular European experience of internships abroad, Germany is widely regarded to be at the forefront of mechanical engineering applications. Those who intern in Germany in mechanical engineering are typically placed in state of the art labs to complete research related to physics and material sciences, while improving language skills or beginning to learn the German language. Labs in France are other common options for mechanical engineering internships in Europe. After all, France is the birthplace of the first operable internal combustion engine.

Industrial cities in Asia, such as Beijing, China, Bangkok, Thailand, Taipei, Taiwan, and Tokyo, Japan are excellent options for mechanical engineering internships abroad, as students will be exposed to cutting edge active industrial technology while being let outside their cultural comfort zones. A mechanical engineering internship in Asia can expose future engineers to centuries of old engineering technology being remastered and put to use in the modern day. Choose a smaller city and see how the wonders of mechanics can help a burgeoning city expand and thrive. 

South America based mechanical engineering internships opportunities in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile can truly teach young engineers important design skills. Agricultural engineering, including the design and implementation of large agricultural farming equipment, as well as opportunities to work on the mechanical aspects of aerospace engineering or design equipment used in pharmaceutical applications, are top notch areas to pursue a mechanical engineering internship abroad in South America.

Mechanical Engineering Internships

In confirming plans to begin a mechanical engineering internship abroad, there are several important factors to consider. First, the timeline of your internship engagement is a central factor; most engineering students take the summer months to complete their internships, though some schools allow students to take a full semester or even a year to complete an internship as a co-op, while being compensated with academic credit. Check with your academic advisor to see if this is a possibility. 

Mechanical engineering students are some of the fortunate undergraduate students who can find paying internships in foreign countries. Due to a myriad of various international visa restrictions, many students must intern abroad out of their own pockets, however, engineering firms – domestic and foreign alike – offer compensation for almost all their interns. Keep in mind, being paid for your mechanical engineering internship abroad requires a high degree of coordination on your part and the part of your future employer. Your international employer will have to officially offer you the internship, and then sponsor you as a candidate for a work visa, and all of this paperwork should be done several months in advance.

In order to find and acquire mechanical engineering internships abroad, you will need a formal resume or CV and a cover letter stating your interests. While some individuals seek internships with specific companies, most prefer to select a country or region of interest and find mechanical engineering internships available there.

GoAbroad Inside Tips

Mechanical engineers are guaranteed to graduate from their program as experts within a broad range of subjects, from physical sciences to mathematics and design. That being said, some students will graduate even further ahead of their peers, having gained the experience of a mechanical engineering internship abroad. While expanding your mind through exposure to new languages, foods, and professional cultures, you will gain invaluable work experience and understanding of the field.

While completing design projects or researching new and exciting processes or machinery, you could also have the time of your life exploring a new place. Meaningful travel experiences don’t have to be out of your reach because of class rigor or a set timeline, interning in mechanical engineering abroad can actually set you ahead of your personal and professional trajectory.

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