Internship

Gain valuable experience in industry

Our students complete an internship with a company anywhere in the world and work on a well-defined project.

A final internship report and presentation must be submitted and both must be approved by the course instructor before credit can be given for EGRMGMT 551. The internship contributes 6 credits. Students are responsible for finding and establishing an internship—Duke provides an experienced professional team to help you in your search.

  • Students who are still enrolled in undergraduate study are encouraged to use their institution's career center
  • Previously employed students should use their experience as described below
  • International students may use Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to complete the internship, after completing two semesters in F-1 visa status

More about the INternship

Criteria

The internship should meet the following criteria:

  • A defined project or projects ideally including:
    • Interaction with a variety of people within or external to the organization or company
    • Guidance and input from a supervisor
    • Analysis and resolution of a problem or challenge
  • The project should provide opportunities for students to observe organizational communication and processes
  • The project should provide opportunities for students to receive both ongoing feedback as well as a more formal end-of-experience evaluation
  • At least 8 weeks long (generally spanning 8-12 weeks in duration); at least 320 hours in duration
  • Must be completed after the Bachelor's Degree, and preferably before beginning the MEM Program

Tips for Maximizing Your Internship

1. Establish goals for yourself at the beginning of the internship: What do you want to learn?  Who would you like to meet?  How will you know that you've had a successful internship?  What do you want to contribute as an intern?

2. Network: This plays an extremely important part in the job search process and a great source of learning.  Try to have valuable conversations with other professionals during your internship.  What has their career path been?  What skills do they believe are most important for their daily work?  What is something they wish they had done at your age in preparing for the world of work?  Not only will you leave your internship with a greater understanding of the work, but you will also have established relationships with others in the company.

3. Professionalism: How can you show that you are professional?  Many companies consider interns professional if they arrive on time to work and all meetings, complete the projects they are assigned and communicate in a professional manner both through email and also in verbal communication.  Being a reliable worker and someone who doesn't mind doing tasks, even if they are small, will also communicate your professionalism and integrity.

4. Activities within the Company: Many companies host events or community service during the year for their employees.  If this is something that is available, get involved. These events are a good way to meet other people and show that you have an interest in the company. 

5. Documenting Your Internship: Often students don’t write down what they are doing in their internship and the accomplishments achieved.  Failing to do this makes it difficult later when you are writing your resume or trying to talk to someone about what you actually did in the internship.  It is important to keep these accomplishments "fresh" in your mind. One way students do this is by writing in a journal or writing the details onto their resumes.

Using Previous Work Experience

Students who have been employed in an appropriate capacity for at least three months after receiving their undergraduate degree may use a project from their job in lieu of an internship. These students must enroll in EGRMGMT 550 and EGRMGMT 551 and both the written report and oral presentation are required.

Required Courses

EGRMGMT 550: Engineering Management Internship

A three-credit internship that requires participation with a cooperating organization, whether local or distant, involving a well-defined set of tasks. Full-time employment in an appropriate capacity may be utilized for this internship. This course must be completed prior to or simultaneously with EGRMGMT 551. 3 credits. Staff (Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters)

EGRMGMT 551: Engineering Management Internship Assessment

This course involves the assessment of a student's internship experience via a report and oral presentation. The questions and general format of the report and presentation will be provided by the instructor. The report and presentation will be evaluated by the instructor and both must be approved to obtain credit for this course. Students must have completed or had been simultaneously enrolled in EGRMGMT 550. That course is designated for the internship experience. 3 credits. Staff (Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters)

Selected Previous Participating Companies

  • Airbus
  • Amazon
  • AMD
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Bank of America
  • Bechtel
  • China Investment Corp.
  • Cisco Systems
  • Credit Agricole
  • Cummins
  • Duke University
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Embrex
  • Ernst & Young
  • Etisalat
  • Fisher-Rosemount
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Genentech
  • General Motors
  • HeBei Telecom Company
  • Hunt Oil Company
  • Petróleos Mexicanos
  • SAP
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Sonera SmartTrust
  • Steria
  • Stratum WLL
  • Taisei Corporation
  • USB Investment Bank
  • Ventas y Proyectos, SA