female students at the technology symposium

Experiential Learning

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Job Shadows

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Co-Ops

College and University Benefits

The National Commission for Cooperative Education outlines benefits that the university and its faculty gain from having a co-op program on campus:

  • Expands the range of educational opportunities for students by integrating learning at the workplace into the academic program.
  • Assists in the recruitment and retention of students. Co-op earnings and enhanced prospects for professional employment increase student and parent interest.
  • Improves student and faculty access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology by using the workplace as a laboratory extension of the classroom.
  • Keeps college curricula up-to-date with changes in industry through constant input from the employment sector.
  • Builds a positive relationship between the institution and the local business community.
  • Enhances public support for higher education by improving the post-graduation career opportunities for students. Policymakers increasingly request demonstrated outcomes for students, and co-op can enhance the quality and level of employment results for graduates. 

Students co-oping have been beneficial to numerous UTC faculty members. It has led to faculty developing research and consulting relationships with many of our co-op employers. Recently, several faculty have developed new class structures built on our students working on special class projects generated by employer demand that benefit both the students and our employers. It has also lead to updated curricular advances and improvements.

Contact:

All College of Engineering and Computer Science co-ops are managed within the Mechanical Engineering Office.

Email: Andrea-James@utc.edu 
Phone: 423-425-5217

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Applied Research Projects

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Externships

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Internships

The college encourages students to take advantage of internship opportunities.  Interning provides students with:

  • practical experience
  • insight to potential jobs
  • the ability to network with employers
  • help them make career decisions even if the company may not have any full time positions available

Interning helps employers gain experience with future employees, and helps in the selection of the best candidates for open positions.  Finding motivated employees with a passion for the work they are hired to perform is difficult at best.  Having the opportunity to “try out” future employees first can help make sure the correct employee is hired.  Internship programs provide cost saving to a company by:

  • reducing risk of hiring the wrong person is worth thousands,
  • cost savings of recruiting to find good employees,
  • Salary savings by training interns over new hires

A company interning CECS students are invited the semi-annual Day of Networking (Job Fair) the first Wednesday of March and the first Wednesday of November every year.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet students and staff in the CECS. 

In addition, the college works closely with partnering companies to provide additional access to the students in the form of workshops, seminars and talking to classes.

The College welcomes feedback on quality of students being interned, potential additions to training to support your industry, and opportunities to further partner.

Students:

The College of Engineering and Computer Science works with the UTC Career and Student Employment Center to provide our students with variety of comprehensive free resources. Students have the opportunity to participate in personal development trainings, interview prep sessions, resume clinics, career fairs, and business etiquette seminars.

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Study Abroad

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