Cooperative Education and Internship Program (CEIP)College of Engineering 

Student Testimonials

I learned so much more than I thought I would during my first work session. Positive experiences include getting to see and experience how real world companies operate; being able to solve problems; being treated as an equal in a professional environment; assuming important responsibilities; earning a great pay. I feel much more confident in the workplace. My communication skills have improved. By the end of the session, I was practically independent, went to work, knew what had to be done, and did it. I'm sure my next work session will be even better because I know many of the people, I understand the work environment, and I know how to do my job. — Computer Engineering major

I learned the fundamentals of programming using script and hexadecimal. I also learned how to use Microsoft Front Page, Visio, Intersolv, Bug Tracker, and Version Manager more extensively. But, more importantly, I learned how to develop products which will be used by actual people in actual situations, something I could never learn in a classroom. — Computer Science major

Not only have I gained much knowledge about Civil Engineering and surveying, but I also learned business practices in general. I believe that the lessons I learned with respect to engineering practices, professionalism, and ethics as well as my personal growth will help me excel in future work sessions and in my job upon graduation. — Civil Engineering major

�I have come full circle at General Dynamics. When I started, I worked with a woman fixing BARS on a project she was just finishing up. I had no idea what was going on. One year later, I am fixing BARS on a project that I myself have worked on from its beginning stages and now, it too is nearly complete. — Computer Engineering major

I'd definitely recommend that students participate in the [Cooperative Education and Internship] Program and get in as early as possible. Engineering is such a broad characterization. You get a good feel for what's actually going on. And you get a better feel for what you want to do when you get out of school so you can set your educational goals early. — Computer Engineering major

At first I was a little intimidated. After all, Raytheon is a huge company. But I was assigned a mentor, a senior engineer, and he was more than helpful in answering my questions no matter what level. For one assignment, I worked on a computer model simulation, taking specifications of a circuit and assembling it in the computer program. My task was to analyze how the circuits would work when they were actually built or to compare them to working circuits to see if they were working the same. Ideally they should be. If not, I had to track down what was wrong, what was different. Another assignment was to help one of the engineers working on the design of a digital power amplifier/modulator. Our challenge was to determine why the low pass filter in his power amplifier was not attenuating at the specified frequency. I designed a mathematical model of the system's desired response characteristic. My next major assignment was to develop a simulation of a three-phase power converter currently in use in a missile system. — Electrical Engineering major

When you get back into the classroom after a work session, you feel confident. You're more experienced. You've applied what the teachers are teaching. And no matter how small the point the teacher makes, you know from experience that you'll use the information. — Mechanical Engineering major

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