Internships & Co-ops

Summers to Remember

Summer Internships are an excellent opportunity for WPI students to explore career options, gain real-world work experience, earn income and contribute to society.

To help you land an internship, the Career Development Center offers the following services:

  • Career Counseling
  • Resume Assistance
  • Job Search Skills
  • Job Finder
  • Resume Referrals
  • On-campus Interviews

Search Early

All WPI students are eligible to participate in a summer Internship. It is never too early to think about a summer job. Most employers start sending job postings by the month of October, however, companies like GE, United Technologies and Raytheon start recruiting for summer positions, as early as September. Start getting ready and "think summer" during A and B terms.

The CDC will help you land an internship, however, employers make the final decision regarding which candidate best suits their needs. Students are not guaranteed a position via the CDC, and in some cases, a student may not find any posting which meet their particular needs for the summer. You can look anywhere for an internship. Postings in Job Finder should be viewed as a supplemental piece of a summer job search.

Gain Work Experience through the Cooperative Education Program

The Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) is a non-credit, paid, work experience in which your classroom learning is complemented and reinforced. You’ll typically have the opportunity to practice your developing technical skills.

If you talk with students who have been involved in Co-op, the benefit mentioned most often is the experience they gain in their chosen field of study. Co-op makes you more aware of the day-to-day operations of industry and exposes you to professional standards and the methods used to accomplish objectives in a business environment.

The professional skills you develop are one reason Co-op often leads to permanent employment after graduation at a higher starting salary than students get who do not participate in the program. Find out more in the Co-op Career Tipsheet.

Massachusetts Internship Opportunities

Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program, run by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), helps prepare the next generation of clean energy workers by connecting students and recent graduates with Massachusetts companies in need of interns. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program connects students who are interested in careers in the clean energy sector, with MassCEC providing stipends for interns during fall, spring and summer sessions. To participate in the program, students and recent graduates must attend (or have attended) a Massachusetts college or university, or be a Massachusetts resident, with proof of residency, who attended an out-of-state college or university. Ph. D. candidates are not eligible to participate in the program. For more information and to apply for this program: http://www.masscec.com/programs/massachusetts-clean-energy-internship-program

Mass Life Science Intern Program

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates, who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences, in paid internships across the state. Consistent with the Center’s role as a catalyst in growing the talent needed by the life sciences industry, the program is designed to provide students and companies with the tools to connect, and the Center will reimburse eligible companies for intern stipends. For further details, or to submit a student application, please visit our website: http://www.masslifesciences.com/grants/challenge.html

The MassTech Intern Partnership

The MassTech Intern Partnership portal creates a direct pathway to internship opportunities for careers with innovative tech sector businesses and start-ups in Massachusetts. We're connecting talented college students and recent college graduates to internships with leading companies in the high-growth tech sector in Massachusetts. You can find internship opportunities with firms in innovative technology sectors including: Big Data and Analytics, Digital Interactive Gaming, Digital Interactive Media, Digital Marketing and Internet Business, Health IT and Ed Tech, Mobile Communications, Robotics. Students can apply to be matched with participating companies; and companies can register by completing the application process. Through this program, MassTech will reimburse eligible companies for up to 50 percent of the intern payroll cost, up to $4,800 annually. STUDENTS: You must be attending or be a recent graduate of a Massachusetts college or university. This program is also open to any Massachusetts residents attending or recently graduated from any accredited college or university outside of Massachusetts.  For additional informationa nd to apply, visit: http://www.masstech.org/intern

Other Internship Opportunities

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program (Deadline to apply January 20, 2015): Summer 2015

The AFRL Scholars program is currently accepting applications for paid internship opportunities. Develop your research skills by working in state-of-the-art laboratories with mentors. Research areas include: cold atom research, air launched munitions, space weather modeling, high energy lasers, biologically inspired technology. Open to undergraduates and graduate students - must be a US citizen. For more information or to apply, visit http://afrlscholars.usra.edu or email at afrlscholars@epo.usra.edu.

American Cancer Society - Alvan T. & Viola D. Fuller Junior Research Fellowships (Deadline to apply January 21, 2015): Summer 2015

The Fuller Fellowships offer undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in  laboratory research with accomplished investigators. Students receive a stipend of $4,500. Upon selection, Fellows are placed at leading New England institutions including teaching hospitals, universities, and medical schools. The average duration of the appointments is between 8-10 weeks with hours equivalent to full-time summer employment. Applicants must be residents of New England and enrolled in a 4 year undergraduate program anywhere in the US and should be juniors and seniors. To apply online, go to www.cancer.org, click on Employment and then Fuller Fellowship. To request information and application instructions, contact Maureen Morse. To view the flyer, click here.

NASA Academy (Deadline to apply February 15, 2015): Summer 2015

The Academy is the premier internship offered by NASA and has a main goal of training future leaders of the space industry. The summer research program attracts undergraduate and graduate students of various backgrounds, mostly in STEM fields. More detailed information about the internship can be found here.   WPI students are great examples of leaders whose interests may very well align with the opportunities provided by NASA. Applications just opened on NASA OSSI and can be found by going to the Search Opportunities window and searching for the keyword Academy. The application deadline is February 15th, 2015. 

Data Incubator Data Science Fellowship: March 23 - May 1, 2015, NYC/Washington, DC or Online

The Data Incubator is an intensive six-week fellowship that prepares the best scientists and engineers with advanced degrees to work as data scientists and quants. It identifies fellows who already have the 90% difficult-to-learn skills and equips them with the last 10%: the tools and technology stack that make them self-sufficient, productive contributors. The program is free for fellows. Fellows have the option to participate in the program either in person in NYC, Washington DC, or electronically. Anyone within one year of graduating from a Masters or PhD program or who has already obtained a Masters is welcome to apply. Applications from international students welcome. Future sessions are also available. For more information, to apply, or to receive information about future sessions, click here.

Summer Business Institute (Deadline to apply April 15, 2015): May 27-July 31, 2015, Villanova University, Villanova, PE

The Summer Business Institute (SBI) is a full-time, 16 credit business program taught by faculty from Villanova's nationally-ranked business school, exclusively for non-business majors. The program offers participants the opporutnity to enhance their credentials by gaining a solid understanding of business basics and expanding their professional skill sets. Through SBI, students are immersed solely in business courses alongside an interdisciplinary cohort of other non-business students. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn an SBI certificate, the equivalent of a business minor. For more information, click here to view the flyer.