Internship plans for students in the MET program
The mechanical engineering technology (MET) program promotes several informal internship plans for interested students.
LEVEL 1 - Simple Internship Plan
At any time during your academic career, a student may participate in a summer internship experience at any location, worldwide. The value of this simple internship is not only summer pay, but also valuable, practical experience which builds the strength of your resume. Normally, no college credit is associated with the simple internship plans. Internship job leads are passed to students through the Penn State Behrend Academic and Career Planning Center, Nittany Lion Career Network, and are often found at the College's Career Fairs each year.
LEVEL 2 - Extended Internship Plan
Students pursuing this extended internship program are responsible for finding the internship employment. Since many students try to work too many hours while carrying full academic loads, the extended internship provides the student with a reduced course load and valuable work experience while earning funds to apply toward their schooling expenses. The extended internship program offers an excellent alternative to balance these demands while allowing for maximum academic achievement. MET advisors help the students plan their class schedules to accommodate part-time employment during the academic year. Students who pursue the informal extended internship should consider the following:
- Take 12-14 credits per semester - this extended your academic progress by one additional semester
- Work 12-18 hours per week during five semesters for an Erie area company
- Work three summers, full-time for the company
Companies view the internship program as a valuable opportunity to acquaint themselves with potential full-time engineering position candidates. The Penn State Behrend MET faculty strongly urge you to consider the extended internship program. If you have questions contact Mr. Evans at (814) 898-6138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHEDULING YOUR INTERNSHIP
LEVEL 3 - Senior Summer Internship for Credit