The CSE Career Center supports and encourages all students to pursue on-the-job experiences as an undergraduate student through internships, co-ops, research or job shadowing.
An internship is a short-term position that provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with professionals in their major field. Students generally complete an internship between junior and senior year, although some have an internship as early as the summer after freshman year.
A co-op provides the opportunity to work full-time and get paid while alternating semesters of coursework. Derived from the term “cooperative education,” co-ops are a structured way to combine your academic knowledge with practical work experience.
A variety of undergraduate research opportunities are available at the University of Minnesota. Research allows you to work directly with College of Science and Engineering faculty members, gain hands-on experience, apply your knowledge outside the classroom, and work in state-of-the-art facilities.
Job shadowing gives you the opportunity to talk with people who are in a career that you are interested in and gain information about a certain field or position. These experiences are helpful when making major and career decisions because they provide insight as to what it is really like to have a specific career.