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
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.