An internship experience is defined as any full- or part-time work experience related to an engineering degree program that takes place at a company while students continue their degree programs without interruption.
A co-op (cooperative education) experience is defined as any full-time work experience related to an engineering degree program in which you temporarily leave school for full-time employment at a firm.
SEAS does not offer internship or co-op placements; however,
students are encouraged to pursue these opportunities on their
In both cases, students are eligible to earn academic credit that may fulfill degree requirements.
Though there are differences by department the general process for receiving academic credit requires:
Students should discuss specifics about obtaining credit with advisors in their home departments.
Find internship opportunites via Bullseye (UB Career Service job board)
Internship and co-op opportunities can be posted through UB Career Services here. Students can search for opportunities and reply directly to postings there or be directed to your submission site.
SPIR (Strategic Partnerships for Industrial Resurgence) is a SUNY grant program to support university-industrial engagement that enables growth and innovation. The SPIR-Intern Development Program (IDP) is intended to support companies hiring summer interns to develop new or grow existing areas of their business by subsidizing the onboarding phase of the internship. Further, the program seeks to assist firms in establishing sustainable internship programs.
The SPIR Interns program places up to (2) students in a WNY company for up to 100 hours during the Spring semester. Student hours should not exceed 12.5 hours per week during the IDP period. The goal of the program is two-fold:
The program is motivated by companies who have expressed interest in hiring UB Engineering and Applied Sciences interns, but have acknowledged difficulty establishing a return-on-investment to justify the resources required in hiring and training. Through this program, student interns will be ready to “hit the ground running” on the first day of the internship period. Note, this program is designed to be flexible, allowing the IDP phase to occur in as little as eight weeks, which provides opportunity for the internship period to start during the Spring semester.
A co-op (cooperative education) experience is any full-time work experience related to an engineering degree program in which a student temporarily leaves school (at least one semester). These experiences typically last 6-9 months and delay graduation, but benefits include potential academic credit and direct employment upon graduation.
Students planning to pursue a co-op experience are encouraged to plan ahead. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor to plan your schedule to minimize the additional time required to complete your degree. This discussion is important to determining if/how co-op experience can fulfill course requirements.
As part of planning, students should meet with a financial aid advisor to understand the impact of leave of absence or other registration policies.
International students should meet with an advisor from the ISSS (International Student and Scholar Services) Office to ensure compliance with work authorization regulations.
For undergraduate students, in order to minimize the number of semesters required for degree completion, please adhere to the recommended co-op timing for your department.