Opportunities for Experience
As an engineering student at UAB, you will have opportunities to compete for valuable experiential learning opportunities. These opportunities include co-ops, internships, undergraduate research, and Study Away/ Engineers in Service and Learning trips. For many of these, your academic achievements and extra-curricular activities will be key in being a competitive candidate, so working hard as a Freshman and Sophomore can lead to awesome opportunities in your Junior and Senior years – opportunities that will land you better full-time careers when you graduate.
As a co-op, you will work with a company for up to 3 semesters to apply classroom knowledge in real-world engineering situations. Some co-ops are alternating, meaning you will be in school full-time one semester, work full-time the next semester, and continue alternating until you complete your co-op rotation. Other co-ops are parallel, meaning you will concurrently go to school part-time and work part-time until you complete your co-op rotation. Either way leads to incredible experience for you to include on your resume!
For a step-by-step overview of the Co-op process, click here.
Internships are much like co-ops in terms of working in a real-world engineering environment. However, internships might only be a semester or summer in duration as opposed to multiple semesters.
If you are considering graduate school and research after you graduate, you should consider working in the research arena while you are an undergraduate. Due to the extensive world-class research conducted at UAB, you will have the chance to compete for research lab opportunities all around campus.
If you have a passion to experience different countries or different parts of this country, consider a UAB Study Away opportunity or go on a trip with Engineers in Service and Learning. Either of these experiences will give you a great appreciation of the world we live in while providing incredible study opportunities.