Engineering & Computer Science Internships


Completing an internship is an ideal way to gain experience and expand your portfolio. An internship  expands your perspective, increases your skills, and makes you stand out to potential employers.

Although internships are not required for graduation, they are an excellent opportunities that allow you to:

  • Apply your classroom knowledge to actual work
  • Discover you strengths and explore your interests
  • Earn money while in college – most internships are paid
  • Network with professionals
  • Increase your chances of being hired at the time of graduation

There are three steps to completing an internship: Prepare, Document, Evaluate.

  • Obtain an internship employment offer or conduct an internship with your current employer. Note that your internship must be supervised by a computer scientist or other similarly qualified professional.
  • Complete the Internship Proposal and submit it to your Internship Coordinator by e-mail.
  • After receiving approval from the Internship Coordinator, register for up to three credits of the appropriate internship course.
  • While you complete the work outlined in your Internship Proposal, keep a concise journal with entries for each workday that includes:
    • tasks attempted
    • difficulties encountered
    • resolutions applied
    • discussions conducted with supervisor and/or team members
    • reflections you made about your experience
  • Submit your journal by e-mail to the Internship Coordinator at the end of each internship week. All the weekly journals will have to be added to the final Internship Report as an appendix.
  • Schedule a Site Visit for the Internship Coordinator, who will meet with you and your supervisor at the internship site to assess your internship. The site visit must take place toward the end of the internship and before the end of the semester.
  • Complete your Internship Report, using the Internship Report template. The work described in the report should correlate with the work proposed in the proposal.
  • Before the end of the semester, submit your Internship Report by e-mail to both the Internship Coordinator and your supervisor. Request your supervisor to send by e-mail, before the end of the semester, his or her comments about your internship work to the Internship Coordinator.
  • Before finals week, schedule and attend a meeting with the Internship Coordinator for an internship debriefing. After the debriefing, the Internship Coordinator will enter your internships grade.
Courses and Forms

Internship Courses

  • Civil Engineering: CE 495
  • Computer Science: CPT S 490
  • Electrical Engineering: EE 495
  • Mechanical Engineering: ME 495

Required Forms

  • Internship Proposal Template
  • Faculty Visit Form
  • Internship Report

Srivinas Allena, Clinical Assistant Professor

Civil Engineering
Office: West 134F
Phone: 509-372-7161

Bob Lewis, Associate Professor

Office: West 134D
Phone: 509-372-7178

Mohamed Osman, Professor

Electrical Engineering
Office: West 134K
Phone: 509-372-7287

Changki Mo, Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering
Office: West 134J
Phone: 509-372-7296

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