Internships / Co-ops
Internships/Co-ops have always been considered a vital part
of the total learning experience for Michigan Engineering students.
These opportunities enable future engineers to tackle real-world projects,
interact with experienced professionals, work within teams, and test
their interest in a particular engineering discipline. The College of
Engineering actively encourages business organizations to participate in
internship and cooperative work programs coordinated through its
Career Resource Center (ECRC) and the Cooperative Education Program.
Options for Employers
Business and government organizations interested in hiring Michigan
Engineering students have two options available to them:
The Summer Internship Program - Each summer, hundreds of Michigan
Engineering students accept summer assignments with businesses and other
organizations nationwide. Students can apply for internships as early
as the summer following their first year of study, and positions typically
run from May through August. A February Internship Fair is held in
conjunction with the Engineering Career Resources Center.
The Co-operative Education Program - Students in this program accept
work assignments of anywhere from six to eight months with a wide
range of corporations and government agencies. Co-op students may
work consecutive terms - e.g., from May to December or January to
August - or may opt to stagger their assignments by alternating work
and school semesters.
Benefits for Employers
Internships and co-op assignments offer an excellent way
to fill temporary positions, meet staffing needs for
time-intensive projects, and expose employees to the latest theories
and approaches to engineering problems. They also offer a low-risk
recruiting opportunity, making it possible for companies to identify
highly qualified candidates prior to graduation.
For more information, contact:
Director, Engineering Career Resource Center
University of Michigan
230 Chrysler Center, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109