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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 Career Center is a great resource for internship opportunities. Also, every February, our Society for Women Engineers (SWE) and the Career Center co-host an Engineering & Science Career Fair, bringing in about 40 companies from the greater Portland area who are looking for UP students to fill their open positions. In October, the Shiley School of Engineering hosts the annual Career Expo Networking Event. Representatives from local companies present short lightning pitches and then participate in an open networking session with students in engineering and computer science.

The Shiley School has three formal programs:

MECOP and CECOP: These competitive co-op programs allow students to voluntarily experience two six-month internships. MECOP (Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program) is currently available for mechanical engineering majors, computer science majors, and electrical engineering majors who are also minoring in computer science. CECOP (Civil Engineering Cooperative Program) is available for civil engineering majors. The paid internships take place during the summer/fall after the third year and the summer/fall after the fourth year at the University. MECOP/CECOP interns, therefore, complete their degree in five years (internships constitute one full year, so students are at the University for 8 semesters). Students apply directly to MECOP Inc. during March of their sophomore year. Students who successfully pass the initial prescreen then go through an interview process in May. Those selected into the MECOP/CECOP program take a seminar prep course during their junior year and participate in a placement interview to determine internship location. 

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.