Internships and Co-Ops

Many students obtain internships through their participation in the engineering intramurals program. Industry partners can identify qualified students, and students can be paid and/or receive academic credit.

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 own.

In both cases, students are eligible to earn academic credit that may fulfill degree requirements.

For Students

How to Obtain Academic Credit for Internships

Though there are differences by department the general process for receiving academic credit requires:

  1. Attaining an internship for an upcoming semester (or summer).
  2. Attaining CPT approval if you are an international student (via ISSS office and your department).
  3. Submitting online application form for departmental review.
  4. Having approval from departmental internship coordinators and/or faculty advisor.
  5. Force registration into the appropriate course number (this should happen automatically once you are approved; you should confirm registration within HUB).
  6. Completion of the course requirements as dictated by your department/faculty advisor.

Students should discuss specifics about obtaining credit with advisors in their home departments.

How to Find an Internship

Find internship opportunites via Bullseye (UB Career Service job board)

Attend the Fall semester career fair (STEM UP) and Spring semester career fair (CareerFest)

Potential Internship Locations

For Employers

How to Find Student Interns

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.

For Students and Employers

SPIR Intern Development Program

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:

  1. It provides an onboarding period during which time the intern becomes familiar with the company (products and services, value proposition, people, facilities, etc.) and to go through the onboarding procedures and training typical for new employees (safety training, paperwork, software training, etc.).
  2. It provides a structured approach and time for the student and employer to collaboratively develop a plan for a summer internship (i.e. project(s) to be worked on, general roles and responsibilities).

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.

Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Information

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.

  • Students with minimum 2.0 UB GPAs and no disciplinary service indicators may take a leave of absence from the university to pursue co-op experiences. A leave of absence can last for up to (2) consecutive semesters. Total absence may not exceed (4) semesters.
  • Alternatively, students can maintain full-time status by taking at least (2) credits of EAS 496 in each co-op semester.

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.