Don’t Leave College Without It
Now is the time to start working toward your career goals. Every UA Engineering student is expected to participate in at least one internship, usually done in the summer – for pay, academic credit or both – or a research experience, plus a design project. Doing internships is one of the best ways to gain professional experience, boost your resume and grad school applications, and stand out after graduation in a highly competitive job market.
An Internship for Every Student
Patrick Hughes, who arrived “a nervous shut-in and within a year was leading the Rube Goldberg team and serving as an Engineering Ambassador,” worked at ExxonMobil in 2015 before starting a PhD program in structural engineering at the University of California, San Diego.
With jobs at IBM and Microchip Technology behind him and a design project – a feeding tube placement system – in the works for Xeridiem Medical Devices, Dalton Hirst is set for his 2017 graduation and a career in electrical engineering.
Juan Sandoval interned at Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson while earning a BS in chemical engineering; in 2016 he accepted a position with Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena Corp., devoting himself full time to “making products that improve people’s daily lives.”
“Questions no one has thought of” motivate Jeannie Wilkening, a research intern at Valero Energy Corp., NASA, and NSF programs at Princeton and the University of Michigan before beginning earth sciences graduate studies in 2016 at the University of Cambridge.
Jeremy Gin interned in electrical design at Arizona Public Service and cybersecurity at Sandia National Laboratories; in 2015 he started the Master’s Fellowship Program at Sandia and began graduate studies with the University of Texas, Austin.
“The College of Engineering provided me endless resources,” said two-time Raytheon intern Elisa Duarte, a master’s student in management science at Stanford University whose 2015 UA Engineering Design team won top prize for its IED-eliminating robot.
While interning with Freeport-McMoRan, Luminant Mining and ASARCO and studying abroad in Spain, Mario Muñoz, set his sights on environmental education; in late 2016 he started his journey as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua.