The internship and job search can be overwhelming, but there are many resources available to you. 


General Resources:



Internships are typically short-term work assignments related to your major or career interests. Completing an internship is an excellent way to develop the hands-on skills and professionalism needed for a successful transition into the work place. Visit the Career Development Center internship page to find more information on what an internship is, why should you consider an internship, what will be expected from you, etc.

Internships at OSU
  • PROMISE internships: paid summer internships geared towards historically underrepresented students, available for juniors or seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Healthy Youth Program Internships: part of the Linus Pauling Institute, inters gain professional experience in the areas of nutrition education, garden education, community food systems, urban agriculture, and community outreach.

**NOTE: The Ecological Engineering program is not currently involved in the Multiple Engineering Co-op Program (MECOP) or the Civil Engineering Co-op Program (CECOP). 

Internships outside of OSU
  • International Internships: explore international internship opportunities provided by IE3 Global Internships, all programs are OSU-approved
  • Search for internships on Handshake
BEE 410 Internship Credit

If you are an Ecological Engineering student who has identified an internship opportunity outside of OSU, you may consider earning academic credit for your internship by enrolling in BEE 410 Internship. Ideally, the intern will be assigned one or more projects that can be completed in one quarter.  Grading for the internship is pass/no pass, as based in part on comments from the intern's workplace supervisor.  Internships are NOT funded by the Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering. Tuition must be paid to gain academic credit. Please speak to Head Advisor, Rachel Jones, for more information.


Undergraduate Research:

Participating in an undergraduate research program is highly recommended if you are thinking about going to graduate school.  Undergraduate research experience will give you an edge in applying for graduate school, research fellowships, and employment. 

Undergraduate research at OSU
Undergraduate research outside of OSU
  • NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs): The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program.  An REU site is typically at a university and consists of approximately 10 students who work in the research programs of the host institution.  Almost all REU internships are paid and many offer travel and housing assistance.  These are competitive experiences and the application process varies by individual site.  To look at opportunities by subject area, keyword, or location use the Search for an REU Site. REU application deadlines vary but are typically in the January-March timeframe. 
  • NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program: This program offers undergraduates across the United States mentored internship experiences at NASA Centers and research support facilities. The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program is NASA’s largest nationwide internship program.  Searchable site here
  • Department of Energy Scholars Program: The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE’s mission and operations.
  • IBP-Pathway to Science - Education and Career training opportunities in STEM
  • NSP Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) REUs: Summer research opportunities associated with the LTER Network. 
BEE 401 Research Credit

Students who conduct undergraduate research at OSU can receive up to 6 credits of BEE 401 research credit which can be applied as engineering electives. Please speak to Head Advisor, Rachel Jones, for more information or visit the Blanket Hour Credit webpage.

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