The College of Engineering encourages you to round out your classroom education with an internship. Although an internship may not start until your junior or senior year, preparation for an internship should start as early as your freshman year.
Why should I consider an internship?
Internships can be an important component of a well-rounded education. They provide hands-on experience where you can apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom within a real-world work environment. You can learn about industrial standards, standards of participation, responsibility and communication, and you can build your professional network.
An internship can provide a way to stand out from your peers in a competitive labor market. An internship can also be a direct gateway to employment: Many employers consider their interns for full-time jobs after graduation. An internship can also help you decide whether you are interested in continuing within a certain type of work or with a specific company after graduation.