School of Engineering and Technology

What is an Internship?

An internship provides practical work experience in an occupation or profession. The work experience may be part-time or full-time and extend over any period of time. Most students seek internships during the summer, while others seek part-time internships during the semester. You may intern for the same or different employer each time. This flexibility allows you to sample different career paths and employers of different sizes, locations, and industries. You may start interning at any time; however, it is best to have completed some courses within your major area of study. Junior or senior year would be the best time for the most rewarding experience, especially if only fulfilling the minimum requirement.

Internships help you...

  • Gain valuable career-related experience.
  • Expand knowledge of career options in your field.
  • Develop a clearer picture of your personal career direction.
  • Increase confidence in your skills and abilities.
  • Make classroom learning more interesting.
  • Strengthen your resume.
  • Cultivate important professional contacts for the future.

What is a Field Practicum?

Similar to an internship, a field practicum provides practical work experience in an occupation or profession. The duration of the field practicum may differ from an internship. Below are the requirements for certain majors within SE&T.

School of Engineering & Technology Required Internships and Field Practicum (minimum hour requirements):

BS in Electronics Technology Internship required, 480 hours
BS in Industrial Technology Internship required, 480 hours
Networking Technology Specialization
Graphics Technology Specialization
BS in Mechanical Engineering Field Practicum required, 400 hrs
BS in Construction Management Internship required, 480 hours
BS in Industrial Technology Internship required, 480 hours
Electro-Mechanical Technology Specialization
Environmental & Occupational Safety Specialization
Manufacturing Specialization
Technology Management Specialization

Although an internship is not required for other majors, it is strongly recommended for all students to gain valuable work experience prior to completing their education. This can be done through an internship or a co-op experience. Co-op is similar to an internship, however, with co-op, a student takes a semester off from school to work for a longer duration, typically 6 months. See the section on co-op for further information.