Internships and Experiential Learning

Internships and experiential learning programs help our students develop professionalism and a practical perspective by connecting the classroom to the real world. 

Robb Surgical Devices LLC. LBradley, P. Dreyer presenting their research at the 2014 design expo.

Required Capstone Industrial Experience

All undergraduate IE students complete a supervised industry project as a required part of the IE curriculum. These projects are typically completed as a 1-day per week internship during the spring semester of the senior year. Along with the work experience, students register for a 1-credit lecture which covers important topics in ethics, communication and professionalism; and provides a forum in which students can receive input on their projects and produce a technical report and presentation regarding their work project. Internships can be identified by the student, faculty or department, and must include a substantive engineering analysis and/or design component.

Some examples of recent required internship projects are:

  • Berry Plastics — Oreering System Redesign and Lean Improvements
  • M&T Bank — Process Redesign and Standardization
  • Tapecon Inc. — Work Instruction Design
  • Summitt Lubricants — Scheduling System Design
  • Liston Manufacturing — Lead Time Reduction

Six Sigma Program

UB's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) have launched a Six Sigma Certification Program available to seniors and graduate students within UB Engineering. This program provides students with a distinct advantage in the competitive workforce and can result in Black Belt certification.

SEAS Experiential Learning programs help young engineers develop professionalism and a practical perspective by connecting the classroom to the real world.

Career Support: Paid Internships, Summer Jobs and Full-time Engineering Positions

The Career Design Center offers a wide variety of assistance for engineering job placement including on-campus interviews, technical career fairs, resume and interview workshops, and emailed job postings. They also provide information on part-time UB campus vacancies, graduate assistantships, part-time summer vacancies (no degree), part-time summer professional, and paid/unpaid internships.

Career services assistance is available to current students as well as alumni.