Career Fair

Internships and Co-ops

The Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering provides students majoring in our programs the opportunity to gain practical work experience in their field of study through working in industry. The department offers two different programs - Co-Op and Internship. Participation in either of these programs is by student choice.

The importance of internships and co-op education cannot be overemphasized. Data clearly shows that co-op experiences help students achieve greater employment opportunities and faster career progress as compared to the students who have not had any such exposure prior to graduation. Actual working experience in an industrial or a professional setting prior to graduation helps accomplish the following:

  • to provide the "real" world practical experience
  • to enhance one's educational experience by gaining more appreciation of the applied knowledge
  • to enhance oral and writing, and interpersonal skills
  • to gain appreciation of the industrial workplace
  • to assess the relevance of a career in chosen discipline to the student's long-term goals

Other tangible benefits include financial gain, enhanced full-time job opportunities, and a sense of contribution by engaging in a productive activity.

Internship and co-op participation is the student's choice; nonetheless it is very strongly recommended. The student can elect to do an internship for about three months (generally in the summer) or a co-op consisting of the summer and one semester (approximately 8 months). We strongly recommend that students do a summer internship, at a minimum, prior to graduation.  

Twice per academic year, Miami has a Career day, where many companies visit Miami for recruiting purposes.  At these events, students are strongly encouraged to attend, with their resumes in hand, to meet company representatives and to apply to internship and co-op positions that interest them.   It is essential that students register with Miami's Career Placement Office to be eligible for interviews with companies during Career Day events.

Co-Op Program

The Co-Op Programs requires 5 years to complete the degree. Students generally schedule their first assignment for the summer or fall after their sophomore year and alternate terms between school and work for a total of 3-4 work terms. Some companies do allow co-ops to begin their work assignments following their freshman year.

We currently have more companies wanting co-ops than we have students willing to fill those positions. If you want to find out more about our Co-Op Program, please contact one of the people listed below.

Internship Program

The Internship Program is normally for one work assignment, on occasion a student is asked to return for a second work assignment. An internship is a full-time work experience for a semester or summer term. It allows the company to hire a student to work on a special project or to fill a short-term need. If you want to find out more about our Internship Program, please contact one of the people listed below.

Additional Information

It is essential that you register for MME 320 (Professional Practice) when away on co-op/intern assignment. There is no charge for registering for MME 320, since you register it for zero credit hours.  However, MME 320 records your coop/internship experience on your transcript as well as retains your “enrolled status” for spring and fall. This also enables the Registrar’s Office to forward upcoming registration information to you while you are on assignment.

Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, 56 Engineering Building (513-529-0710), or eMail MMEDept.

513-529-0713 Dr. Timothy Cameron, Department Chair 

513-529-0710 Christy Heinrich, Administrative Assistant 

513-529-0717 MME Fax

Miami University Office of Career Services