Jobs and Internships
With our location in the heart of Oregon's technology and industry base, students at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (Maseeh College) enjoy many opportunities to participate in internships or other cooperative work experience programs. Once they graduate, students are also in a prime position to take advantage of the employment opportunities found in the greater Portland metropolitan area. Capitalizing on the close ties the Maseeh College has with local industry and business partners, most Maseeh College students either participate in an internship or work as a part-time or full-time employee in their field before they graduate. Maseeh College graduates are in demand in part because of their experience in real-world engineering and computer science gained through internships, MECOP/CECOP, capstones, and direct work experience.
Internship and Employment Information
Most engineering and computer science internship opportunities are one-term work assignments, often occurring during the summer, but not always. Internships can be full or part-time, depending on employer requirements and student availability. Internship programs seek to match student educational goals with company needs, and provide practical engineering or computer science experiences that reinforce the student's academic education.
Engineering and computer science internship opportunities are communicated to Maseeh College students through their academic departments, the Maseeh College Student Services office, the Maseeh College Jobs and Internships Portal, and the PSU Career Center. Students seeking internship opportunities should visit each on a regular basis. For more information about internships, please see the internship FAQs, contact Maseeh College Student Services, or your department.
Maseeh College Jobs and Internships Portal
The Maseeh College Jobs and Internships Portal acts as a gateway for students to learn about internship and employment opportunities in engineering and computer science related fields. Using their “CECS” login, Maseeh College students may sign up for departmental mailing lists that provide internship and job postings as well as news about career-related events. Postings are also available for browsing in the Jobs and Internships Portal Archives.
Students, click here to be redirected to the Maseeh College Jobs and Internships Portal.
Alumni or prospective students, click here to request access.
Departmental Internship Programs
Maseeh College academic departments are an excellent source of information about jobs and internships in their specialty areas. Two departments, Computer Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering, currently have their own internship programs, while two additional departments, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical and Materials Engineering, are in the process of developing an internship program.
The PSU/PDX Cooperative Education Program (PCEP) is a 2-year cooperative educational program in which CS students work 20 hours per week in a series of defined internship roles and concurrently take eight credits each term at PSU. Pay begins at $15 an hour with semi-annual raises, and students earn 4 credits in CS409 (CS Practicum) over the two-year experience.
The PCEP Program gives students experience in several different roles (software development, quality assurance, operations support, etc.). The PCEP companies are among some of the most exciting software companies in the Portland Metro area. Their markets range from computer security and web analytics to healthcare and social media solutions, as well as everything in between. All PCEP companies are located in downtown Portland so are within easy walking or public transportation distance from PSU. New internship cycles start approximately every six months (January and June), and interns must work at two or more PCEP companies in at least three different roles during the 24-month program.
For more information, please click here.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The CEE Department Internship Program partners high-performing Civil and Environmental Engineering students with local employers, giving students access to real-world experience and employers a skilled, knowledgeable pool of candidates. Internship models vary depending on employer needs and student schedules, but include 6-month full-time internships or 3-month full-time internships during the summer followed by part-time during the academic year.
Students apply directly to the CEE Department during the winter term. The application includes internship model preference, information about the student’s academic standing, and preferred area of interest for the internship (environmental/water resources, geotechnical, structural, or transportation).
For more information, including eligibility requirements and selection criteria, please click here.
Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Materials Engineering
The MCECS engineering work experience (EWX) program gives MCECS students an opportunity to gain work experience with local technology companies before graduation. Key benefits of the EWX Program are better prepared and more competitive graduates as well as helping to distinguish MCECS’ engineering programs and enabling us to attract high quality and higher numbers of prospective students.
EWX is a structured and selective program flexible for students and companies alike and it leverages our proximity to many of Oregon’s technology companies. The EWX Program is designed to support traditional work experiences (summer internships) and will also support students who are willing to work part-time while continuing to attend classes.
An important component of this program will be the formation of closer partnerships with local technology companies. The program is focused on delivering high-quality engineering work experience to students and high value to technology companies. As the size and reputation of the program grows, we envision that technology companies will eventually reserve opportunities for PSU graduates due to the consistent high quality of students in the program and the convenience of working with PSU to find students who match the needs of companies.
To establish a strong reputation for the EWX Program, we will develop a careful selection process for admission to the program, prepare admitted students, and carefully monitor students during their work experience to ensure the students are learning about the practice of engineering and companies are receiving valuable contributions from the students. The preparation of students for this program may include focused workshops on ensuring industry readiness. The EWX Program is being developed for ECE and MME students.
For more information, including eligibility requirements and selection criteria, please click here for ECE and here for MME applications.
MECOP/CECOP cooperative programs
MECOP - Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program, CECOP - Civil Engineering Cooperative Program
MECOP/CECOP is a cooperative industrial program designed to team up students with business and industry. The five-year undergraduate program includes two six-month paid internships. This hands-on experience allows students to immediately apply what they are learning in class and gives them a competitive edge when they graduate. MECOP/CECOP students are often sought after by the companies with which they interned during the program, and are able to be immediate contributors in the workplace.
Interested students should apply at the end of their sophomore year. Normally, applications are accepted between March 1 and April 10. Admission to the program is competitive.
At PSU, MECOP is available to students in:
- Computer Science
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
CECOP is an identical program for Civil Engineering Students
Please visit the links below for more information regarding MCECOP/CECOP.
If you would like more information, please contact Frank Goovaerts, Director of Student Career Success.