College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Land an internship

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Employers today are looking for internship experience – in fact, an internship is becoming an expectation.

An internship is a short-term position providing hands-on experience in your field. Most internships happen during the summer and pay $15 to $22 an hour.

Here in the Twin Cities, you’re at the center of exceptional internship opportunities in science and engineering. The college’s large alumni network and strong corporate connections lead to many internships for students in the College of Science and Engineering.

Get an edge on the competition

Recruiters say an internship signals that a job candidate:

  • Understands what it really means to work in engineering or science
  • Is committed to the field
  • Brings hands-on skills
  • Has experience working professionally with others

Get answers to your career questions

An internship is a great way to answer questions about your major field.

  • What is this career really like?
  • Am I on the right career path?
  • Where will I thrive: small or big company, research or industry, government or nonprofit?
  • What technical electives or emphasis areas do I want to choose?

Get a jump on job hunting

  • Network and make professional contacts
  • Practice interviewing
  • Gather references
  • Potentially get a job offer after graduation

Get going

Most students have an internship between junior and senior year. Some have an internship as early as the summer after freshman year.

The Career Center for Science and Engineering (105 Lind Hall) has complete resources for finding an internship and making it work for you.

  • Internship postings
  • Alumni and employer contacts
  • Career fairs
  • Employer information
  • Advice on how to conduct your search