Internships and jobs
As an engineering student, one of the most important things you will do as a student is find an internship and/or a job. Graduating engineers and computer scientists are expected to have some sort of experiential learning experience to secure their first job, and companies are looking at the value of an experiential learning experience now more than ever. With such a strong emphasis on hands-on learning experiences, it is important to know how to find the best opportunity.
The Engineering Career Resource Center can help you discover what resources are available to help you find an internship or a job. Remember, these resources are only a few of the available resources out there for finding jobs and internships. Always make sure you are using a variety of resources when doing your search.
Internship and Job Resources
Handshake for Wayne State Engineers – is a new virtual job board that allows WSU Engineering students and alumni to search for hundreds of internship, co-op and job opportunities. Use your access ID to log in to Handshake. Make sure to upload a new copy of your resume and complete your profile.
Tips for making yourself more marketable via Handshake:
- To make your profile searchable by employers on Handshake, make your profile "public" and your resume "visible". "Public" only means that APPROVED employers can search for you via Handshake.
- Handshake instructions on how to change your profile to '"public"
- Handshake information on the difference between "private" and "public"
- Helpful features in Handshake
Career Fairs – Career Fairs are one of the best ways to network with and meet employers looking for engineering talent. The College of Engineering typically hosts two to four career fairs per year that specifically serve Engineering and Computer Science students. Information about upcoming career fairs can be found in the "Workshops and Events" section as well as on the College of Engineering events calendar.
In addition to the College of Engineering Career Fairs, the university and other outside organizations also host a variety of career fairs each year. To keep an eye on outside career fairs check out these links:
- Engineering Society of Detroit
- Michigan Talent
- Job Fair Giant
- SAE.org (search for 'Congress' or 'Congress event' to get the most current information)
Networking Events – Networking events are another great way to connect with employers looking for potential engineering candidates. Networking events vary in size, scope, and location. Examples of networking events include Employer Information Sessions, Alumni Panels, "Lunch-n-Learns", Industry Days, etc. There are many networking events hosted for College of Engineering students/alumni throughout the academic school year. Make sure to always check your student e-mail and Handshake account as well as visit the College of Engineering events calendar.
Job/Internship Sites – Applying online can be just as important as attending networking events. Make sure you're keeping track of the jobs/internships that you apply to online, and always make sure to follow the application rules closely. There are hundreds of internship/job sites available for your job search. We've highlighted a few of our favorites below.
- ECRC on Facebook
- Wayne State University Career Services Office
Reporting your internship to the Engineering Career Resource Center
When you find an internship we ask that you notify the Engineering Career Resource Center about your internship placement by filling out this quick survey.
Depending on your program, you may be able to gain credit for your internship experience. Make sure to check with your academic advisor to find out what type of credit you can get for doing an internship.
Paid vs. unpaid internship
There are many types of internships available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Most of the internships for engineering and computer science students are paid, though we do have many companies offering unpaid internships that still provide very valuable and needed hands-on experience. Both paid and unpaid opportunities should provide you with relevant hands-on experience that is absolutely crucial for securing your first job after graduation. You are free to choose to do paid and unpaid internships.