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Co-op and Internships

Ashley and Jamie, NASA InternsAt the A. James Clark School of Engineering, you are encouraged to combine classroom theory with career-related work experience.

A summer internship is full-time employment during the summer that may lead into a part-time internship during the school year. Through a traditional co-op, you alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of full-time paid employment. The majority of positions our students find, whether co-op jobs or internships, are paid.

The non-credit bearing Engineering Co-op Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors in the School of Engineering.

Read on to learn more about:

Why Should You Apply for an Internship or Co-op?

Here's how you will benefit from a co-op or internship position:

  • Professional Experience: Make sure you get the job you want after graduation by getting a job before graduation. Serious engineering experience will ensure that you and your resume always get noticed first.
  • Money: Save for school, save for a car, or save for fun. Stop by the office and ask for a copy of our latest salary survey or check out our latest Salary Survey.
  • Confidence: The key to confidence in an interview (and in life) is to have significant experiences to learn from and talk about. 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 and those 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 or Florida or New York or Arizona or…...
  • 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!

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Steps for Finding a Co-op, Summer Internship, or Part-Time Position

We provide a number of resources to help you prepare to search and apply for positions.  As early as freshman year or your first semester at Maryland, we encourage you to:

  1. Attend a Job Search 101 Workshop or read our handouts on Careers4Engineers (C4E) and Co-op & Internship FAQs.
    (International Students: Be sure to check our website with specific information for you.)
  2. Attend a Resume Writing Workshop or review our resume handout.
  3. Create or update your own resume.
  4. Bring your resume to the Engineering Co-op Office for a critique and ask to have your C4E account activated.
  5. Login to Careers4Engineers, complete your profile, and upload your resume.
  6. Explore and apply for job listings and on-campus interviews through Careers4Engineers. Supplement your job search by building your professional network.

Once you've found and applied for a position that interests you,

  1. Attend an Interview Workshop or review our tips on Interviewing so you'll be ready if the company likes your resume.
  2. Review our tips on responding to job offers or attend a workshop on this topic.
  3. Once you accept a position,  let us know!
  4. If it is a co-op position, read on to learn how to enroll in the Engineering Co-op Program.

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Enrollment in the Engineering Co-op Program (ENCO099/ 098)

Please review the Co-op FAQs for information on housing, financial aid, etc. Then come to Engineering Co-op & Career Services in Martin Hall to request permission to register for the ENCO course. You may walk in or make an appointment with an advisor.

Eligibility: You must be a degree-seeking student in the School of Engineering. In addition, undergraduate students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, and graduate students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

What to Bring to Enroll as a Co-op Student:

  1. Your offer letter on company letterhead
  2. Work/ Study Academic Plan [pdf], only if you will be participating in a full time co-op for two or more semesters,
  3. In addition, if you are an International Student you must meet the requirements for work authorization and your employer will also need to sign our Co-op Employer Agreement Form [pdf].

During your visit you will be asked to complete and sign the following forms:

  1. Co-op Student Information Sheet [pdf]
  2. Co-op Student Agreement Form [pdf]

A Career Services staff member will then give you an electronic permission stamp so you can enroll in the 0 credit co-op class (ENCO099/ ENCO098).

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Sample Employers

Over 1500 engineering students participate in an internship or co-op position each year so this list only represents a small percentage of our employers.

Accenture Missile Defense Agency
Amazon NASA
AT&T National Institute of Health
Bechtel Nastional Security Agency
Boeing Naval Research Lab
Booz Allen Hamilton NAVSEA
Cisco Systems NIST
Clark Construction Northrop Grumman
Deloitte Orbital ATK
DuPont PEPCO Holdings
ExxonMobil Schlumberger
General Electric Siemens
Google SpaceX
Honda Stanley Black & Decker
Hughes Network System Structural
IBM Texas Instruments
Intel Textron
JHU Applied Physics Lab Thales Defense & Security
L-3 Communications Unilever
Leidos US Army Research Lab
LGS Innovations US Food & Drug Administration
Lockheed Martin Verizon
Maryland State Highway W.L. Gore
MedImmune Whiting-Turner
Microsoft Whitman, Requardt & Associates

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Download the Co-op/ Internship FAQs Handout [pdf] for more details.