Internships & Co-ops

Gain valuable experience with an employer during your time at Illinois.

Make the most of your time as a student to explore!

Internships (summer or semester) and co-ops are vital experiences that you can begin acquiring as early as the summer of your first year on campus. Internships and co-ops provide you with a competitive advantage when seeking full-time careers in industry and can enable you to gain up to a full year of professional work. Participating in an internship or co-op allows you the opportunity to gain practical experience and to explore engineering-related fields in-depth.

Benefits of doing an internship or co-op:
  • Practical experience in engineering
  • Build and apply technical knowledge/skills
  • Identify and refine your career goals
  • Develop your communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and organizational skills

Get started

In order to find internship or co-op opportunities, you can utilize Handshake @ Illinois or reach out to your network on Linkedin.

ENG 310 Registration

If you're looking to earn course credits OR are an F-1 international student, you'll need to register for ENG 310. For more information about the college policy on registering, click here.

NOTE: F-1 students require Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization to participate in internships during their program of study. J-1 exchange students can utilize Academic Training (AT) for off-campus opportunities. For more information, please visit the International Student & Scholar Services website.