Graduate Internships

The School of Engineering Applied Sciences has strong connections to a vast network of over 1,000 employers across the United States that provide internship opportunities to both our domestic and international students. 

Electrical Engineering PhD Student Jahmil Campbell at the GE Locomotove Plant Where he Works in Erie, PA .

Take advantage of our industry partnerships

Our students benefit from the school's Engineering Partnership Program, Dean’s Advisory Council and Young Alumni Board that each play a critical role in strengthening the school’s relationships with local and national companies. Their collective participation benefit of our students and their employment futures by supporting and participating in programs such as the annual Career Perspectives Networking Conference and the nationally recognized SEAS 360 Professional Development Program.

Make sure you're career-ready

Internships play an important role in ensuring that our students are career ready and in helping them develop critical competencies that prepare graduates for this transition. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) research suggests that internship and study abroad international experiences have an overwhelmingly positive effect on career readiness in today’s global marketplace.

Our students also benefit from the school’s access to EMSI Analyst, which provides insight into current labor market data in all fields of engineering and computer sciences. Information is available on companies, positions locations, compensation information and real-time job posting information as well as areas of current skills gaps between what employers are looking for and what is lacking in the workforce.

For international students, all of our school's graduate programs are eligible for a STEM OPT extension, which allows students who are in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to stay and work in the United States for an additional 24 months after completing their degree and post-completion OPT. In fact, it is a 24-month extended period in addition to the 12 months of post-completion of OPT related to temporary training to F-1 student’s area of expertise. Approved students can receive up to a total of 36 months of OPT eligibility (12 months + 24 month extension).

Eligibility

Internships and co-ops are an option in most graduate programs in the school. While graduate students are eligible to complete internships anytime during their programs, there are certain restrictions for international students:

  • All international students must obtain a CPT authorization prior to starting their internships/co-ops.
  • Students must have been enrolled full-time for at least one academic year (two semesters) at a U.S. school in their current field of study/major unless their programs "require" participation in an internship or field placement as part of the degree programs (e.g., the Practicum track of the MS programs).
  • A student who starts in the fall semester automatically qualifies for full-time CPT (40 hours/week) in the summer.
  • If a student wants to do full-time CPT in fall or spring, they may be allowed full-time internship/co-op if their remaining coursework is only a thesis or project.
  • If a student has any regular coursework remaining, they are allowed part-time (up to 20 hours/week) internship/co-op either locally or remotely in fall or spring. However, internship/co-op at a site outside of Buffalo is not permitted in fall or spring.