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Shiley School of Engineering: Internships, Externships, and Co-ops
Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one internship related to their field of study before they graduate so that they are competitive when it's time to start their career.
The Office of Career Services
is a great resource to look at the extensive list of summer and semester internships. Also, every year, our Society for Women Engineers (SWE) and the Office of Career Services co-host an Engineering & Science Career Fair.
Link to the Shiley School's listing of information sessions, jobs, internships, and other relevant info.
The Shiley School has three (3) formal programs:
1. MECOP - Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program: Allows students to voluntarily experience two six-month internships. [For now, this opportunity is only available for UP's mechanical engineering students, computer science students, and electrical engineering students who are minoring in computer science.] The paid internships take place during the summer/fall after the third year and the summer/fall after the fourth year in the program. MECOP interns, therefore, complete their degree in five years (note that internships constitute one full year). There is an application and interview process to participate in the MECOP program. Students apply during March of their sophomore year. Students selected to represent the University of Portland then go through a MECOP interview screening process in May. Those selected into the MECOP program take a MECOP seminar course during their junior year and go through a placement screening process for the company. If you are interested in participating in MECOP or want to learn more, see Cathy Myers, Director of Industry and Community Partnerships, or Lindsay Chelton, Academic Program Counselor.
2. Externships for Sophomores: An externship or job shadow experience is a one day opportunity for students to gain an understanding of a business, industry, and career. Students have an opportunity to gain insight into a specific industry of interest by shadowing a career volunteer in the workplace. Externships are short-term opportunities with long-term benefits. For information about the 2015-16 externship schedule, contact Career Services, or Cathy Myers, Director of Industry and Community Partnerships.
3. NASA Oregon Space Grant Consortium:
With membership in the consortium, UP students are eligible to apply for scholarships, internships, sponsored projects, and research grants. Various internship opportunities exist, including working at a single NASA facility over the summer, working for NASA Academy and spending several weeks at multiple NASA facilities, and receiving a fellowship to work on a specific research project. For more information, go to intern.nasa.gov and look under SOLAR or Student Opportunities for eligibility and details.
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