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Externships are typically held for one day during the week before the spring semester begins and are offered in major cities within the state of Texas. An externship visit usually includes presentations about the employer and career path options, a guided tour of facilities, interaction with alumni and young professionals and the opportunity to shadow an engineer at work. Externships:

  • Educate and excite students about working in engineering
  • Market the participating company/organization and possible employment options to future engineers
  • Help build relationships between organization representatives and recruiters and potential hires in an informal setting
  • Give employers an opportunity to enhance their presence in the Cockrell School of Engineering

Externship was an excellent way to get to know company culture and experience what a day in engineering looks like.

2018-19 Externship Program Timeline

Employer Registration
Monday, October 1 - Friday, November 2, 2018

Student Registration
Monday, November 5 - Friday, November 30, 2018

Monday, December 3 - Friday, December 7, 2019

Externship Visits
Tuesday, January 15 - Thursday, January 17, 2019


Students and employers must have an account in the ECAC Job System to participate in the externship program. Once externship employers are confirmed, students submit their resume to the sites for which they wish to visit. Students are matched with one employer based on academic discipline in order of resume submission (i.e. application date and time). The student is obligated to participate in the program once matches are made and the student is responsible for providing his/her own transportation to the host employer site.


For ECAC Job System registration instructions or additional questions, contact the externship coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 512-471-1915.

Student Participants

  • Externship is open to all undergraduate engineering students, except those graduating in the semester prior to when the externship would start. Externship is particularly valuable to first- and second-year undergraduate students.
  • Student must be registered with the Engineering Career Assistance Center (ECAC).
  • Students apply through the ECAC Job System by uploading a resume and searching for Externship Listings; submit when student registration begins

Student FAQs

Interested in participating in an externship? Interested students are encouraged to read through the following FAQs to learn more about externships. Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional questions or concerns.

How long does an externship last?
Each employer has a different itinerary, but in most cases, there is an entire day of planned activities. The average Externship lasts about five hours.

Will I be interviewed?
No. The externship visit is not a formal recruiting event. It is an opportunity to learn more about the field of engineering without the stress of an interview.

Will an externship lead to a co-op or internship?
Not necessarily. We encourage you to bring a resume and network with the employer representatives; however, this is not intended to be a job-searching event.

How do I get to the employer site?
You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the employer site.

What do I wear to an externship visit?
Unless otherwise noted by the host employer, dress business casual. View interview attire guidelines on ENGR Direct Students.

Am I guaranteed an externship visit?
Yes and no. Although we do our best to enlist employers from each engineering discipline and in multiple cities, not all students will be accommodated with an employer in their major and preferred location.

Students are matched with one employer based on academic discipline in order of resume submission. Students who frequently check their emails and promptly act on them have a better chance of getting an externship with their top choice.

Keep in mind that even if you are not matched with your top choice of employer, you will still benefit from visiting another organization and learning about how engineering is applied in the corporate world.

Are there any consequences if I select an employer to visit, then do not attend on the day of the externship?
Yes. If you do not show up for your externship and fail to contact both the employer and the externship coordinator ll in advance, you will lose access to your ECAC Job System account. This will block you from using the online system until you come in to meet with the externship coordinator. Not showing up is not fair to the employer, who spends time and money preparing for you, as well as to other students who may have wanted to visit that employer.

Remember, once you select an employer to visit, you are obligated to participate. They will be expecting you and will communicate with the Engineering Career Assistance Center if you do not show.

How do I apply?
Students must have an ECAC Job System account to participate in the externship program. To apply:

  • Create an ECAC Job System account
  • Upload a resume
  • View employers participating by searching for Externship Listings Jobs > ECAC System Jobs > Advanced Search > Select "Show Me: Externship Listings" > Search
  • Submit your resume to Externship Listings you would like to attend when student registration begins.

How will I be matched?
Students are matched with one employer site based on major and slots available in order of resume submission. Students who submitted their resume to multiple listings will be matched based on first available. Students will see a message within the externship listing once they have been matched.