GPA for Engineering Internships

<p>Hey all,</p>

<p>This semester is proving to be rough on me due to advanced coursework. I am looking at around a 3.6 or 3.7 for the first-year EE GPA (even though I know its early in the semester). I was wondering what GPA engineering employers "actually" want for engineering interns. Every company says 3.0 minimum but they never give anything to those under a 3.5.... Do you all think I should take it easy next semester in order to improve my GPA back to around a 3.8, or should I continue to take advanced EE coursework in order to appeal to employers? Thanks for the responses.</p>

<p>It really depends on the school you go to. At some universities, the average GPA is a 3.0 while at others its a 3.5, or even higher.</p>

<p>It also depends on the companies. Some companies hire based more on experience while others more on academics. </p>

<p>I personally believe the most appealing characteristic of a student is his/her experiences in the field. Try joining professional societies or being active in an engineering club. This definitely bolsters your resume and often catches the recruiter's eyes.</p>

<p>I would recommend taking regular classes. GPA matters, but the difference between a 3.6/3.7 over a 3.8 is minimal. I got an internship this summer and have a 3.8. My friend got an internship and has a 3.3. It's all in the interview. Over 3.0 will get you in, but it's your personality, resume and interview that will get you the job. You can have as high of a GPA as you want, but if you burn in the interview, you're done.</p>

<p>^ Listen to this guy. Keep your GPA above a 3.0 and work on being a confident, likable person. Also have nice hair.</p>