Internships & Co-ops

Internships (summer or semester) and co-ops are vital experiences that you can begin acquiring as early as the summer of your first year on campus.  Internships and co-ops provide you with a competitive advantage when seeking full-time careers in industry and can enable you to gain up to a full year of professional work.  Participating in an internship or co-op allows you the opportunity to gain practical experience and to explore engineering-related fields in-depth.

Benefits of participating in an internship or co-op:

  • Gain practical experience in an engineering or engineering-related field
  • Earn money as part of your internship/co-op
  • Develop and fine tune your communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and organizational skills, as well as your sense of initiative
  • Build and apply technical knowledge and skills
  • Identify and refine your career goals

Search for internships and co-ops on Handshake @ Illinois.

Also, check out Vault‘s Internships & Co-ops section to learn about the Best Internships in Tech and Engineering.

NOTE:  F-1 students require CPT authorization to participate in internships.  Engineering students meet the requirements for CPT if registered for ENG 310.  More information about Eng 310 can be found in the course explorer or by visiting the College of Engineering wiki page. 


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