Frequently Asked Questions
What majors are available for internships and co-ops at the University of Arkansas’s College of Engineering?
- Biological Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
When can students participate in an internship/co-op?
- Undergraduate students may participate in an internship/co-op after they have completed 30 hours toward their degree. They also must have at least 12 hours of coursework in their major remaining before their graduation. For additional information about requirements for graduate students, transfer students, and/or international students, please see the ‘Student Eligibility’ section of the Employer Cooperative Education Guide.
What is the average salary paid to students during an internship/co-op?
Major Co-op Wages (hourly) Biological Engineering 19.84 Biomedical Engineering 22.90 Chemical Engineering 22.71 Civil Engineering 17.21 Computer Engineering 26.10 Computer Science 16.29 Electrical Engineering 18.85 Industrial Engineering 18.58 Mechanical Engineering 17.82
What is expected from our program during the student’s experience?
- You will agree to…
- Complete all forms needed by the College of Engineering.
- Notify the Career Services Specialist if problems arise with the co-op experience.
- Provide the student with meaningful learning experiences related to his/her academic program or career field.
- Give feedback to the student to enable him/her to learn.
- Ensure that the student will be treated as an employee during their tenure with your company.
- Consider students on an equal opportunity basis.
- Pay a fair wage for a student’s experience and education.
- Provide supervision to the student.
- Cooperate with site-visits by College of Engineering staff during student appointments.
- Develop a co-op description.
- Arrange for the student to have a designated work space.
- Hire the student for a minimum of 10 weeks.
- Properly train the student for the work tasks and conditions.
- Notify the Career Services Specialist of staffing changes that will directly impact the student’s experience (i.e. supervisor).
- Provide diversified assignments for the student to experience a variety of skills.
- Allow the student to write about his/her experience at your organization with a moderate level of detail.
- Support and enforce the academic standards required to participate in the program as defined by the College of Engineering.
- You will agree to…
What is the difference between an internship and a co-op?
- The University of Arkansas's College of Engineering defines a co-op as a credit bearing experiential opportunity and an internship as a non-credit bearing experiential opportunity.
Why should I host an intern/co-op student?
- Develop high visibility with students, faculty, and staff.
- Help educate the next generation of engineers.
- Evaluate potential permanent hires through hiring temporary students and evaluating on-the-job performance.
- Identify high-achieving, talented students early.
- Provide assistance to your organization by having students support senior-level engineers with short-term and long-term projects.
- Reduce recruiting and training costs of hiring permanent employees.
- Infuse creative energy and up-to-date engineering education into your organization.
- Experience immediate productivity from new permanent hires that were co-op/intern hires first.
- Benefit from higher retention rates and higher job acceptance rates.
- Find students to contribute to a diverse employee base.
- Influence curriculum development to meet industry needs.
How do I recruit students?
- You can recruit students through a variety of means, but the most common ones are using Razorback Career Link (UA’s online job database), using our College of Engineering ListServ, hosting information sessions, and attending the STEM Career Fair. For more information about recruiting students, see the ‘How to Promote Your Co-op’ section of the Employer Cooperative Education Handbook.
Will the College of Engineering find an intern/co-op student for me?
- No. The University of Arkansas does not place students in internships or co-ops. It is the responsibility of each employer to identify students to extend offers to. However, the College of Engineering can play a role in marketing your opportunities. If you would like to utilize the options the College of Engineering has in place, please visit the ‘How to Promote Your Co-op’ section of the Employer Cooperative Education Handbook.
Who do I talk to if I still have questions?
- If you still have questions, contact Kelsey Lavigne, the Career Services Specialist for the College of Engineering. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (479) 575-319