Student Opportunities

When it comes to opportunities finding and leveraging them, The National Society of Professional Engineers and the university's own Dean Louis Martin Vega put it best: "Engineers are problem solvers, people who make things work better, more efficiently, quicker and less expensively. They use skills and dedication to search for better ways to solve problems." The National Society of Professional Engineers

As an engineering student, you will have to work hard at your studies, getting a solid background in engineering principles, and then apply your knowledge in real-world applications. Your studies are not everything, however. The professional engineer of today is not just an expert in a particular field. Today's engineer is a many-faceted individual whose knowledge is combined with a wide range of skills and experiences. As a student at NC State, you are not just spending time in class and studying; you are preparing yourself for a professional career. Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of Engineering

Gaining Career-Related Experience

Students are strongly encouraged to gain career-related experience before graduation via an internship or co-op. Though course credit is not available for this experience through the College of Engineering, you may expect compensation from the employer.

Internships are typically full-time during the summer or at times, part-time during the semester. You can start interning or seeking summer jobs related to your field, whenever you are ready. The Career Development Center provides services to help you get started. Participate in ePack, the Career Center's on-line system that connects employees with students through internship postings, on-campus interviews, information sessions, and resume searches. You may activate your ePack account at any time.

Co-op is a program of alternating semesters of work and school. Paid work terms of increasing responsibility let you graduate with the minimum equivalent of one year of relevant work experience. Full-time enrollment during the semester before the first work term is required. You can begin co-op after completion of at least two semesters (30 credit hours) at NC State (one semester for transfers and graduate students). An NC State transcript must show grades and admission to a degree program. A minimum GPA of 2.50 (3.00 for graduate students) is required. The Co-op Office lists the Orientation Schedule, which is the first step to program participation. For more information:

Have a look at these likely job titles and work settings when you begin to consider internship and co-op options.

Sample Career Titles Sample Work Settings
Design Engineer Medical Products Industry
Product Engineer Biotechnology Industry
Manufacturing Engineer Consumer Products Industry
Applications Engineer Healthcare Facility
Plant Engineer Medical Device Industry
Sales Engineer Pharmaceutical Industry

Studying Abroad

Most students wishing to study abroad typically do so during the summer months. However, students wanting to study abroad during the academic year can do so with minimal interruption to their schedule. Students who plan to study abroad should plan to do so in their sophomore year. They must meet the requisites for the junior level classes before their junior year. Those are MA 242, BIO 183, BME 210 circuits (usually the difficult class to get), and BME 201. OF course, we except equivalent courses that they may be able to take abroad. If you are interested in studying abroad, you can learn more about NCSU’s Study Abroad Program by visiting,