Internships give students an opportunity to experience the business side of engineering before beginning their careers.
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 CIE 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. Alternatively, students can maintain full-time status by taking at least (2) credits of EAS 496 in each co-op semester. This protects the student’s insurance, loan deferment and possible immigration status. Some financial aid awards and scholarships cannot recognize this standing. Co-ops can also be used for academic credit. Learn more about co-ops.
The General process for receiving academic credit requires students to:
Students may obtain practical experience by enrolling in CIE 496 (Civil/Env. Engineering Internship), which may be used as a technical elective if taken summer after junior year, or later. The internship will involve working on an engineering project in a practical setting (private design, consulting and/or construction company office, governmental agency office, construction site, etc.) under the joint guidance of a practicing engineer and a faculty advisor. Students must have a "Good Senior Standing" (senior with overall and engineering GPA above a 2.0). Projects shall involve applying knowledge acquired in course work to practice civil or environmental engineering.