Job Search

Work Experience

Work experience enhances engineering education for both undergraduates and graduate students alike. Students who participate in engineering internships and the Co-op Program are able to explore career interests and have a competitive advantage when looking for a full-time position upon graduation. ECAC has several programs to help students find out more about specific engineering fields and majors.

Externships give students the opportunity to spend one day with an engineering organization to find out more about the industry and daily life in the workplace. The Co-op Program allows students to gain full-time work experience and academic credit.

An internship is an opportunity for a student of any classification to gain valuable, paid work experience. Interns work full-time during the summer, and commit to work with an employer for one summer only. Students may attempt to work with a different employer each summer to expand their horizons even more.

Benefits of internships

  • Enhance engineering education with work experience
  • Explore career interests within field of study
  • Earn a competitive salary
  • Refine job search skills
  • Network with corporate employees and fellow students
  • Become familiar with the corporate environment
  • Learn about employers and organizational culture before graduation
  • Assess interest in specific engineering fields and majors

As early as the summer after their freshman year, students can begin an internship with an employer. Sophomores and juniors are especially encouraged to build a good resume by gaining internship experience. In addition to exposure to technical training, interns gain knowledge of an employer work environment, office etiquette, and typical day-to-day office issues.

These experiences offer short-term and long-term gains. Students earn a salary, gain professional experience to complement their academic studies, and explore career interests within their majors. When they graduate and seek permanent employment, their resumes reflect industry experience, giving them a competitive advantage. Often, students receive permanent job offers from employers where they have interned.

How to get involved

  • Register with ECAC and create a resume
  • Participate in on-campus interviewing
  • Attend career fairs and information sessions
  • Network with recruiters and fellow students
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting


Another way to complement your academics with hands-on experience is through undergraduate research. Undergraduate research may help you determine if graduate school is right for you, and can also enhance your resume from an employer's perspective. For more information, visit the Cockrell School's Web page on undergraduate research opportunities at: 


ECAC offers workshops covering a wide variety of job search subjects.

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