Internships and Co-Ops

Students are eligible to earn academic credit for internships and co-ops that may fulfill degree requirements.

SEAS does not offer internship or co-op placements; however, students are encouraged to pursue these opportunities on their own.

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Internship vs. Co-Op

Internship: 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. Internships typically occur over the summer but can occur throughout the year. Students interested in earning academic credit for their internship should communicate with their department before the work experience begins to be enrolled in a departmental 496 course.

Co-Op (cooperative education): Defined as 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. Students may choose to take a leave of absence if they meet requirements. Full-time status can be maintained through enrollment in EAS 496 (minimum of 2 credits), which may be necessary for financial aid, scholarship and/or work authorization reasons. Co-ops can also be used for academic credit. Learn more about co-ops.

How to Find an Internship or Co-Op

  • Check for opportunites on Bullseye (UB Career Services job board)
  • Attend the Fall semester career fair (STEM UP) and Spring semester career fair (CareerFest)
  • Contact organizations directly and apply
  • Many students also obtain internships through their participation in the engineering intramurals program

Potential Internship Locations

How to Obtain Academic Credit

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 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) approval if you are an international student (via ISSS office and your department).
  3. Submitting an 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 set forth by your department/faculty advisor.

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