Internships & Co-Ops

Gain a competitive advantage in the job market by participating in internship and co-op experiences.

Students graduating with internships or co-ops on their resumes are more attractive to employers because they have demonstrated the ability to convert academic knowledge into practical experience.


According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers:


EMPLOYERS WHO SAID CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE IS A FACTOR IN HIRING DECISIONS
95%
STUDENTS WITH A PAID INTERNSHIP THAT RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE JOB OFFER
63.1%
INTERNS CONVERTED TO FULL-TIME POSITIONS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION
51.7%

Benefits of an internship or co-op:

  • Gain hands on experience with real-world projects
  • Network with people in industry
  • “Test-drive” a potential career
  • Earn class credit when you enroll in ENG 395
  • Gain new skills and confidence
  • Earn while you learn
  • Build your resume
  • You are more likely to receive an offer of full-time employment and a higher salary offer from employers.

What is the difference between a(n) ?

  • Internship

    An Internship is a fixed term professional work experience offered by an employer to undergraduate or graduate students interested in a particular industry, career, or field of study. Both paid and unpaid internships can be completed over the summer or during the academic year and usually last up to 12 weeks. Internships can be full- or part-time.

  • Co-Op

    A Co-Op is typically a full-time, paid position within a company or organization that spans over the course of multiple semesters. There will usually be more training and higher levels of responsibility than with an internship.

Get Course Credit

Register for ENGR 395 if you would like to receive technical elective credit while you are working in an internship/co-op. The course is graded Credit/No Credit and is 2 units during the fall/spring semesters and 1 unit during the summer session.

D-Clearance

Please submit a D-Clearance request by Monday, January 23rd to register for ENGR 395.

  • You must have at least a 2.6 grade point average. (On a case-by-case basis, students with a cumulative or major GPA below 2.6 may be permitted to take this course.)
  • The work experience in the internship must be directly related to the your respective major.
  • You must be work at least 15-20 hours per week during the fall/spring semesters. During the summer, you can work up to 40 hours.

Qualifications for ENGR 395

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