Undergraduate Co-Op and Internships
Internships are of vital importance to engineering students who prepare for careers in private industry, consulting, government and research. Internships bridge the gap between theory and practice, and provide students with practical, field-based, real-world experiences during their years of study at Tufts. Nearly 80% of Tufts engineering students participate in at least one internship as an undergraduate.
School of Engineering students are strongly encouraged to participate in internships during their undergraduate years, typically during the summer after their sophomore and/or junior year. Tufts Career Center and the School of Engineering work collaboratively to identify and develop opportunities for students. Tufts engineering students have interned at software and electronics companies, research laboratories, consulting firms, government agencies, biotechnology giants, and entrepreneurial enterprises.
In some departments, such as Civil and Environmental Engineering, students can receive academic credit for their internships. The Career Center also offers funding 40-50 undergraduate students each summer doing unpaid internships for a minimum of 350 hours. This funding offers students the opportunity to explore career fields and gain experience.
Students seeking internships should have a professional resume written by you and critiqued by the Career Center before applying for opportunities. Tufts posts internship opportunities on Jumbo Jobs, and many other sources are available.
Three departments (Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering) offer cooperative education opportunities for students in their undergraduate programs. Learn more.