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.
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. 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.
Though there are differences by department, the general process for receiving academic credit requires:
Students should discuss specifics about obtaining credit with advisors in their home departments.