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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 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.

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 and additional resources on engineering salaries.
  • 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 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!

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 Find an Internship/Co-op 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!

International students on F-1 visas: See Enrolling in ENCO099/098 for CPT for the steps you must follow before you can begin an internship off campus.

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

International Students on F-1 Visas: Your instructions are different than those below.
 Instead, see the section Enrolling in ENCO 099/098 for CPT

 

Before you accept a co-op position, please review the Co-op FAQs for information on eligibility, academic advising, housing, financial aid, etc. Once you accept an offer, there are a few steps to enroll as a co-op student.

  1. Print and bring all of the following documents to Engineering Career Services. You may walk in during our regular hours or make an appointment with an advisor.

In addition, you may be asked to provide proof to Engineering Career Services that your departmental academic advisor approves of your work/study plan if:

  • you will participate in two consecutive co-op semester, OR 
  • your GPA for the semester immediately preceding the co-op experience is 2.0 or lower.

Acceptable proof is one of the following:

  1. Once the Career Services advisor has given you the electronic permission stamp, you will be able to register for the 0 credit co-op class (ENCO099/ ENCO098).

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
BGE Exelon NAVAIR
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.