Internships and co-ops are an excellent way to gain hands-on experience in the engineering industry. In both cases, students are eligible to earn academic credit that may fulfill degree requirements.
Students can register for MAE 496 in order to gain credit towards either a Technical Elective or a Professional Practice elective. Students must register for 3 credits of MAE 496. A maximum of 6 total credits are permitted from all of the courses MAE 496, MAE 498, and MAE 499 combined.
Once you have secured your internship, contact the instructor of MAE 496 (found on the semester schedule) for approval, and they will register you. This must be done before the end of add/drop for the current semester in which you are interning.
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 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, we recommend the following schedules:
Mechanical Engineering: Beginning with the Fall 2016 freshmen class, ideal timing for a co-op is the summer after junior year, continuing through the Fall semester of senior year. Degree completion would occur in Fall of the 5th year.
Aerospace Engineering: Beginning with the Fall 2016 freshmen class, ideal timing for a co-op starts the summer after junior year and should continue for the entire senior year due to pre-requisite course requirements. Degree completion would occur in Spring of the 5th year.
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