Summer Internships at Pointwise

Are you a college student majoring in engineering, computer science, or something similar? Do you have an interest in CFD and mesh generation?

An internship at Pointwise might be a great way to spend your summer.

We have three open internships: one each in applied research, product development, and technical support.

Each position gives you the opportunity to take a deep dive into mesh generation for planes, trains, automobiles and more. You may be adding a new feature to the software, customizing the software for a particular type of usage, or testing new features to ensure they meet the design goals. Some of the positions include running your meshes in a CFD solver to verify their performance. You will be an integral part of the teams and work directly with professionals on the real product.

Want to know learn about some of our recent interns? They’ve been profiled on our blog in the This is How I Mesh series.

Tips on Resume Success

How can you get an internship? ENGINEERING.com’s article Winning Strategies to Land That Great Engineering Job has a lot of good tips.

Tailored Resume AND Cover Letter

First, “having a resume and cover letter that are tailored for the position you’re applying to is essential.” Here’s what that means to us.

Do not send us a resume with an objective declaring your goal of obtaining a position in thermal simulation, automotive design, underwater puppetry, or whatever. That’s the fastest way to the rejection pile. Why? We’re a software company writing mesh generation software for CFD. Who are we to stand in the way of your puppetry dream?

Understand the difference between “experience” and “expertise.” If you claim expertise in C++ (for example), the interview questions can get interesting. There’s nothing wrong with having only experience with a subject (i.e. you used it in a class); you’re still a student.

A cover letter does not consist of the body of the email (“I’m interested in an internship. My resume is attached.”). Write a real cover letter that makes us want to read your resume. Think of it like this (especially for you undergrads): you and every other student has taken virtually the same classes and therefore has about the same background. What makes you unique? Are you doing undergraduate research? Participating (or leading) an activity like Formula SAE? Did you have a cool internship last summer?

Simple Things Make a Difference

Second, the ENGINEERING.com article talks about “dealing with applicant tracking software.” Pointwise’s applicant tracking software is real people who read, sort, reply to, archive, and otherwise manage the hundreds of applicants. Here’s how you can help.

THE NEXT PARAGRAPH IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

Proofread, proofread, proofread. Your resume and cover letter are treated as the first bit of work you produce for us. If you can’t be bothered to fix common spelling and grammar errors, we sigh heavily and move your resume to the reject pile. There’s no excuse. Period.

And it may seem like a small thing, but several hundred resumes all named “resume. pdf” are a pain to manage. Throw us a bone and name your resume “Susan-Smith-Internship-Resume-2017.pdf” or something similar.

Read Your Email

Third, ENGINEERING.com advises “post-application: follow-up or fall behind.”

How about you actively monitor the email account you used to submit your resume? Here’s a statistic that may surprise you. Half of our internship applicants don’t reply to the email we send upon receipt of their resume in which we ask a few simple questions. Half. Don’t. Reply. And we don’t bother reviewing the resume until we get a reply. Just by replying to that email you double your chances.

And get a professional appearing email address, please. Something like first.last@email.com. I always wonder about resumes received from sexy24x7@gmail.com or cantwaitfor420@yahoo.com (seriously). And frankly, any resume from aol.com.

Send Your Resume Today

We really do want to find fabulous student engineers and make them part of our team. You can help us and improve your chances by following a few simple guidelines.

Check out www.pointwise.com/jobs and email your resume today. We look forward to hearing from you.
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