The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers students an opportunity to integrate classroom instruction with practical work experience. The program gives students the opportunity to verify academic and vocational interests, gain valuable experience in the chosen field prior to graduation, and earn income that can be used to defray college expenses.
Internships must be related to the academic major or career field interest. The work experience is conducted under approved industrial, business, institutional or governmental agency supervision. Intern positions are expected to enhance the student's education. Positions not acceptable for internship are blue-collar work, technician, data entry, clerical, part-time, etc.
An internship is for one-term. Students interested in registering for an internship should pick up the forms from the Co-Op Office in the Career Resource Center, J. Wayne Reitz Union. The Career Resource Center has the Internship Handbook online.
Students interested in alternating semesters with the same company should speak with the Co-Op Office in the Career Resource Center, J. Wayne Reitz Union.
Undergraduate students can receive one credit hour of internship and have it applied as a materials science technical elective.
Eligibility for Participating in an Internship
Undergraduate students applying for participation in an internship must have completed their freshman year (first 30 semester hours) and be approved by the MSE Undergraduate Coordinator prior to leaving for the internship. In addition, it is required that the student have a minimum grade of point of 2.00 or higher.
All students applying for participation in an internship must have permission from their supervisory committee chair or graduate coordinator if the student has no supervisory committee.
NOTE: The Student Work Report and the Employer's Evaluation Report are due three (3) weeks before the end of the semester.