Internships and Co-ops

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Internships and co-ops are an excellent way to gain hands-on experience in the engineering industry. In both cases, students may be eligible to earn academic credit.

Internships

Field experience working on an electrical engineering project in a real-world setting under the joint direction of a supervisor from industry and a faculty advisor from the Department of Electrical Engineering. Projects selected should integrate material learned in academic courses. Internships typically occur over the summer but can occur throughout the year. Students interested in earning academic credit for their internship should communicate with the department before the work experience begins.

Co-ops

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. 
Learn more about co-ops.

Our Students' Experiences

Undergraduates and graduate students alike benefit from learning through internships.  Opportunities may be in small start-up companies or well established multi-national corporations.

Meet our Interns

10/29/19
"It's a beautiful experience to be a part of this fusion of different technologies in EE, to create a new smart world and make life better.‚Äč"
10/24/19
"I advise students to look out for every possible opportunity around them, be passionate about your interest and never give up trying. It is also important to never stop learning and be curious."
10/28/19
"Working in industry as an intern taught me how to stay organized, prioritize my tasks and focus on the important aspects of the problem at hand."
10/28/19
"My internship was really important to my training.  I learned how to cooperate with teammates to build a product and I loved the creativity of tech in San Francisco."
10/29/19
"I learned how processes are really important while working on large projects in an organization and how they help to make complex decisions. Process is everything! "
9/13/19
"I had the liberty to experiment taking different courses, learn from my mistakes, work on new projects outside my comfort zone, and use my time at UB as a platform to try and understand my interests and the my strengths to make an informed decision about my career choice."
9/13/19
"The modern, hands-on, industry relatable engineering curriculum at UB as well as the stellar faculty convinced me to make UB my home for my four years of college."
10/29/19
"Even though setting up your future can be stressful at times, it should ultimately be enjoyable. I've enjoyed my experiences at UB so far and would return to any of them knowing the outcome. I look forward to what I'll learn both in getting my MS and along my career. I hope to never stop learning."
 
10/23/19
"The prime reason for choosing UB was the flexibility and the variety of coursework offered in the Department. This flexibility really helped me find my true interests. "

Common Employers

How to Land an Internship

UB Career Services helps students learn how to build their career skills, prepare for job searches and interviews, organizes internship and job fairs and provides a database that connects UB students with future employers.

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Job Fair.


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Requirements & Instructions

For Undergraduates:

EE 496: Undergraduate Internship

Undergraduates should work with EE Academic Coordinator, Mary Busch, and EE Director of Undergraduate Studies, Kevin Burke, through the process of obtaining, registering for, and completing an internship or co-op.

International students should meet with an advisor from ISS (International Student Services) Office to ensure compliance with student visa and work authorization regulations.

For Graduate Students:

EE 609: Graduate Internship

Graduate Students should work with EE Academic Coordinator Kathie Bartelo through the process of obtaining, registering for, and completing an internship or co-op.

International students should meet with an advisor from ISS (International Student Services) Office to ensure compliance with student visa and work authorization regulations.

For International Students:

CPT & OPT

In addition to meeting with your academic program coordinator, international students must meet with an ISS advisor.