180:496/497 CO-OP INTERNSHIP IN CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (Both are 3 credits)
The internship provides the student with the opportunity to practice and/or apply knowledge and skills in various civil and environmental engineering professional environments. This internship is intended to provide a capstone experience to the student's undergraduate studies by integrating prior course work into a working engineering environment. The experience also motivates the student for further learning. The credits earned are the educational benefits of the experience.
Open only to junior (Summer only) and senior (Summer, Fall, Spring Semesters) Civil and Environmental students.
Students must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible to enter an internship:
(i) Completed a minimum of 90 credits with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
(ii) Completed a minimum of 18 credits in the major, with a major cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
(iii) The Internship can be taken at the summer going into the junior year. The workload should follow a standard credit definition, i.e., 4 hours of work per week per credit for 14 weeks or 56 total hours per credit. The student must spend a minimum of 12 to 15 hours per week to earn these 3 credits.
(iv) Students electing to participate in the Co-op Internship program for Pass/No credit cannot designate any additional Technical Electives as Pass/No Credit.
The following are the requirements to satisfy the undergraduate internship activities for credit:
A suitable project must be formulated as a self-contained individual effort under the supervision of a practicing professional and a faculty member.
A written proposal must be submitted to the Department by the student. The proposal must be approved by the Undergraduate Director and the Faculty Advisor. The written proposal should include educational benefits, engineering related responsibilities at work site, project tasks, and the plan for evaluation.
The proposal defined above, with the signatures of approval by a faculty member and the practicing professional or faculty advisor is required. This must be submitted to the Undergraduate Director before registration. The registration is by special permission only.
Students hired on an hourly basis within the Department cannot use this to fulfill the Co-op Internship requirements.
All internship work will include a daily/weekly logbook, progress report, and final report. The final report shall be a minimum of four (4) pages which may include figures, photos, and or drawings. There is no maximum on the size of the final report. The final report should be submitted to the faculty advisor before the end of the semester in which the co-op is registered.