Southeast is committed to combining traditional classroom learning with actual real-world experiences to make our students more marketable upon graduation. The internship and student research programs within the department are excellent examples of the combination of classroom theory and practical experience. One hundred percent of our bachelor degree students complete applied research projects with various businesses and industries. The successful internship program allows students to apply their classroom knowledge in real-world environments before graduation. This opportunity is provided for a 3-, 6-, or 9-credit hour experience (240 clock hours are required per 3 hours of credit). Many students in the department take advantage of paid internship opportunities.
The department has a designated internship coordinator. The internship coordinator works with students and their academic advisors in identifying industries and establishing the best possible internship assignment that will add academic value to student experiential learning endeavors. Upon identifying this, the internship coordinator will work with Human Resource personnel or designated personnel within each hiring industry to secure internship positions for students matching their academic disciplines and interests. Upon securing the internship for the student, the department will establish guidelines with the hiring industry on their expectations regarding its responsibilities for providing the intern with experience appropriate with their academic disciplines. Please contact the department at (573) 651-2104 or stop by our office in Polytech 216.
Students receive internship credit by enrolling in IM-317, 318 or 319 Cooperative Industrial Internship for 3, 6, or 9 credit hours respectively. Students are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of approved supervised industrial work experience for each three hours of credit. The department has established guidelines published in the "Cooperative Industrial Internship Handbook" that outline requirements and procedures including application, work agreement, training schedule, supervision and evaluation.
Companies interested in securing student interns can contact the internship coordinator. They will be required to provide a detailed position description of the duties to be performed by the intern. They also could specify the background and academic skills of the individual(s) they seek to hire. If not specified, the department will work on identifying the appropriate individual(s) based on the position description. Please contact the department at (573) 651-2104 or stop by our office in Polytech 216.