Start creating for good before you graduate and get a competitive edge with real-world work experience through an internship assignment. Our Internship Program offers you the chance to earn a salary while gaining work experience with one of more than 200 employers.
Internships offer full-time, paid jobs on-site at a company with work relating to your major. You could also receive academic credit by enrolling in a one hour ET internship course.
With an internship, you’ll get insight into a particular industry and the roles available. You’ll work side-by-side with engineers and technologists on real-world projects.
Most students fit their internship assignments into the regular schedule of their academic studies. When you graduate, you’ll have in-the-field work experience on your resume that other employers will value. Many students receive job offers before graduation from their internship employers.
Internships give you the flexibility to work where the company has a relevant opening for you, often in locations throughout Ohio, the Appalachian region, and cities nationwide.
Departmental Internship Advisors
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Frequently Asked Questions
What will I get out of an internship?
- You’ll see how academic theory relates to real-world work
- You’ll learn if you picked the right career before you graduate
- You’ll get professional job experience
- You’ll build professional relationships that can help you later
- You’ll make money
- You’ll get a head-start on the job hunt — many co-ops and internships also work as “tryouts” for full-time jobs.
What do I need to do to qualify?
- Be a full-time, degree-seeking student with at least 24 credit hours (all majors except aviation)
- Earn GPAs of 2.5 overall and in engineering classes
- Complete ET 1500, Career Development, a half-semester, half-credit-hour class.
How do I get started?
- Start early. Freshman or early sophomore year is best, as soon as you’ve earned 24 credit hours
- Complete a co-op schedule with your advisor
- Sign in to your Handshake account
- Upload your résumé
- Apply and interview for positions
- Accept an offer.
I got an internship position. Now what?
- Register and pay for the appropriate one-credit-hour internship course for every semester you’re at a work site.
- Complete the internship course requirements, on time.
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 engineering and overall GPA.
- Remember that you remain a registered full-time student while on internship.
When do I work?
You’ll determine that with your employer, depending on their need and your academic schedule. The earlier you start, the more co-op or internship assignments you can accept. Some students work for just one semester, others work three rotations or even an entire calendar year.
How much money will I make?
You’ll earn somewhere between $12-$26/hour, depending on your major, academic rank (sophomore, junior, senior), employer, and number of work rotations. The average hourly wage is about $18.
Where will I work?
You might work near your hometown, or you might be all the way across the country. Talk with your employer — some provide housing for co-ops, while others offer stipends for housing or assist with moving expenses. Make sure you know if the employer is providing housing or moving assistance before accepting an offer.
What about my financial aid, health insurance, and university housing?
Financial Aid: The Office of Financial aid will make sure that your financial aid processes correctly. If you want your funds to be distributed differently than when initially awarded, Financial Aid can review the request and make changes if they can. For summer co-ops and internships, Financial Aid assumes you want any financial aid for which you’re eligible to be disbursed for that term.
Health Insurance: You remain eligible for Ohio University insurance or coverage under your personal policy while you’re in a co-op or internship.
University Housing: You are released from the University Housing Contract while on a co-op or internship assignment.