At the A. James Clark School of Engineering, you are encouraged to combine classroom theory with career-related work experience while you are still a student. An internship is an opportunity for you to gain professional experience in a particular industry. An internship can be full time during the summer or part-time during the semester. For a co-op position, you alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of full-time, paid employment. With the non-credit Engineering Co-op Program, you maintain student status while working as a co-op. The majority of internships and co-ops that our students find are paid. Over 78% of students participate in at least one co-op or internship experience prior to graduation.
Nine Reasons to Apply for an Internship or Co-op
- Professional Experience: Employers expect to see internship or work experience on your resume before you graduate. Serious engineering experience will ensure that you and your resume always get noticed first.
- Money: Save for school, for a car, or for fun. Check out our latest Salary Survey by major.
- Confidence: Experience allows you to speak to other engineers as colleagues.
- Contacts: Meet the people who are doing what you want to do. It's who you know AND what you know - an unbeatable combination.
- Skills: Learn new technical skills as well as essential life skills: organization, teamwork, meeting deadlines, and taking initiative. You may be surprised that even school seems easier.
- Practice: You learned it in school, now put it to use. The big picture comes into focus.
- Knowledge: Did you choose the right major? Do you like the work environment? Would you do anything differently next time? It's better to learn these answers sooner rather than later.
- Travel: Sure, most of our jobs are in the Washington Metro area; however, there are a lot of opportunities if you want to try out a different environment. How about California, Florida, New York, Arizona or even international locations!
- A Job Offer: Just think, maybe you won't have to look for a job after graduation because you'll already have a great offer from your current employer!
Register for Co-op (ENCO 099/098)
Over 1500 engineering students participate in internship or co-op positions each year
so this list only represents a small percentage of our employers.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Hughes Network System
JHU Applied Physics Lab
Maryland State Highway
Missile Defense Agency
National Institute of Health
National Security Agency
Naval Research Lab
Stanley Black & Decker
Thales Defense & Security
US Army Research Lab
US Food & Drug Administration
Whitman, Requardt & Associates