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Post subject: internship /co-op ? Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 11:21 pm


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Hello fellow RF Engineers,

I need your advice on one matter... I am a EE graduate student of Auburn University and am specializing in Analog / Mixed Signal circuits... Currently I am an intern at a small company in Atlanta... Most of the circuit related work done in this company is at the macro level whereas I am interested in doing stuff at the micro level.

I am currently seeking an internship/co-op in analog/mixed signal circuit design. Despite having an excellent academic background (GPA is 4.00/4.00) and experience in industry standard Cadence Virtuoso Analog Design Environment and PSPICE A/D, I haven't been very successful in getting an offer.

I would like to have your advice on this matter... I am really not very particular about the compensation the company provides as experience is more important to me. I have applied to all major semi-conductor companies but didnt get any reply... Is it because I am not from a top 20 EE school?





Post subject: Ok...Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 1:23 am

First of all change your attitude.

Yeah, you have good grades.

But, are you done your courswork ?

Take whatever everyone is doing in their course work and projects and pick things and projects that are 2-3X harder than what everyone else does, even if your GPA suffers.

That shows guts, determination and INTEREST.

Try it, you might like it.


2 Cents Worth

Post subject: Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 7:55 am

I really don't detect an "attitude" by the guy. It sounds to me like he's willing to do what it takes to get what he's after. He did say he's willing to sacrifice pay for experience.

The main problem he will face is that IC companies, possibly to their own eventual demise, are hiring almost exclusively experienced IC designers. Design cycles are expensive, and most can't or won't suffer the expense of training a newbie.

He just needs to keep beating the bushes, and eventually he'll find an opportunity, especially with excellent grades.



Post subject: small is betterPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 12:28 am

why don't u try small companies ?

why do you have to work at large companies ?

most of the interesting work is at small companies

try www.fsa.org

for a list of small semi companies and apply !


RF Intern

Post subject: JobPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 2:09 pm

I suffered through an EE BS. I have seen how scandales 4.0 students get. I have always taken the the most difficult professors with the hardest coursework even though my gpa sometimes suffered. I knew that the "real" life wasn't going to be easy so I needed to prepare my attitude for failures and distasters. It worked. I am working for a small analog rf design company and I am constantly given a broad range of challenges. I would suggest you begin looking at your school to see what difficult graduate (or undergraduate) classes are realistic and difficult. If not, you'll never be tough enough for the industry.

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