Internships and Co-ops

How to Find Student Interns and Co-ops

Internship and co-op opportunities can be posted through UB Career Services job portal, Bullseye. Students can search for opportunities and apply in Bullseye or through your company's submission site.

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SPIR Intern Development Program

SPIR (Strategic Partnerships for Industrial Resurgence) is a SUNY grant program to support university-industrial engagement that enables growth and innovation. The SPIR Intern Development Program (IDP) is intended to support companies hiring summer interns to develop new or grow existing areas of their business by subsidizing the onboarding phase of the internship. Further, the program seeks to assist firms in establishing sustainable internship programs.

The SPIR Interns program places up to two students in a WNY company for up to 100 hours during the Spring semester. Student hours should not exceed 12.5 hours per week during the IDP period. 

Program Goals

The goal of the program is two-fold:

  1. It provides an onboarding period during which time the intern becomes familiar with the company (products and services, value proposition, people, facilities, etc.) and to go through the onboarding procedures and training typical for new employees (safety training, paperwork, software training, etc.).
  2. It provides a structured approach and time for the student and employer to collaboratively develop a plan for a summer internship (i.e., project(s) to be worked on, general roles and responsibilities).

The program is motivated by companies who have expressed interest in hiring UB Engineering and Applied Sciences interns, but have acknowledged difficulty establishing a return-on-investment to justify the resources required in hiring and training. Through this program, student interns will be ready to “hit the ground running” on the first day of the internship period. Note, this program is designed to be flexible, allowing the IDP phase to occur in as little as eight weeks, which provides opportunity for the internship period to start during the Spring semester.