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  1. 1. Developing and Funding Undergraduate Engineering Internships Theodore W. Manikas, Gerald R. Kane Dept. of Electrical Engineering The University of Tulsa
  2. 2. Why Internships? <ul><li>benefits for all </li></ul><ul><ul><li>undergraduate engineering students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>industry sponsor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>university sponsor </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Internship Benefits for Students <ul><li>practical applications of coursework </li></ul><ul><li>exposure to corporate issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>project management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>finance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>manufacturing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>experience will help acquire and succeed in full-time employment </li></ul>
  4. 4. Internship Benefits for Industry <ul><li>helps identify potential recruits </li></ul><ul><li>develops collaboration with university </li></ul>
  5. 5. Internship Benefits for University <ul><li>enhances students’ engineering education </li></ul><ul><li>develops collaboration with industry </li></ul>
  6. 6. Establishing Internship Programs <ul><li>identify potential companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>local professional societies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>current university/industry collaborations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>contact companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e-mail with follow-up telephone call </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on-site meetings with corporate staff </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Funding Internship Programs <ul><li>NSF programs – (workshop at ASEE) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>very competitive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>state and local programs </li></ul><ul><li>industry match </li></ul>
  8. 8. Internship Program Example <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Tulsa – Electrical Engineering (TUEE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geophysical Research Co. (GRC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50% OCAST (state funding) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50% GRC (industry match) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Corporate Contact with GRC <ul><li>IEEE – local professional society meeting </li></ul><ul><li>TUEE alumni – current employees </li></ul><ul><li>looking for future engineers – internships </li></ul>
  10. 10. Application for Funding <ul><li>OCAST (Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R&D Student Intern program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>prepare students for technical fields </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>support high-tech companies in OK </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students work as interns in OK engineering industry </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. OCAST Project Requirements <ul><li>1 – 2 year projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PI – sponsoring university </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentor – sponsoring company </li></ul></ul><ul><li>internship work done at company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>work with full-time engineers on projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>part-time (10 hrs/wk) during school year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full-time (40 hrs/wk) during summer </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. OCAST Funding Requirements <ul><li>1:1 match from company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50% from OCAST (up to $30K/year) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50% from company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>may include mentor salaries as match </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>about 80% for intern salaries </li></ul><ul><li>other: PI salary, travel, supplies </li></ul>
  13. 13. Intern Selection Process <ul><li>undergraduate EE student at TU </li></ul><ul><li>post announcement for internship </li></ul><ul><li>resumes and interviews </li></ul>
  14. 14. Intern Project Duties <ul><li>work on engineering project under mentor’s guidance </li></ul><ul><li>bi-weekly meetings with PI and progress reports </li></ul><ul><li>mentor submits intern evaluation sheet to PI at end of each semester </li></ul>
  15. 15. Intern Project Status <ul><li>One EE senior at GRC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mar 07 – Feb 08 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hybrid circuit design for pipeline gauges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently developing prototype for testing </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Questions?

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