Freshman Internship Program

2016-2017 Guaranteed Paid Internship Program

At the UIC College of Engineering, we strongly emphasize preparing our students for successful and meaningful careers and pride ourselves on providing talented students who are energized, focused, and will make great candidates to fill a company’s short and long-term project needs.

As of last year, UIC offers a new and unique opportunity to freshman. Conceived of and supported by the faculty and the dean of the College of Engineering, the Guaranteed Paid Internship Program gives incoming fall 2016 freshman students the opportunity to serve as paid interns for the summer of 2017, providing they meet certain criteria by the end of their first year of study.

To be considered for this program, you must adhere to the following standards:

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  • Direct acceptance into the College of Enginering and registration as a full-time beginning freshman for fall, 2016
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.2 or greater for your first and second semesters.
  • Complete at least 26 UIC semester hours during your freshman year.
  • Complete Math 180 (Calculus I) and Math 181 (Calculus II) with a B or higher by the end of freshman year. Students with AP Calculus credit for Math 180 must complete at least one higher-level math course with a B or higher. Note: Pre-calculus does not fulfill this requirement.
  • Complete at least two additional program-specified 100 level Engineering courses with a B or higher. Required courses by major
  • Successfully complete our Freshman Engineering Success Program (FESP) during the academic fall 2016 semester. Enroll in ENGR 101.
  • Commit to return to the UIC College of Engineering for the academic year 2017-2018 (your sophomore year).
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or obtain permission to work legally in the United States by May 1, 2017.
  • Read your UIC email at least every other day and respond when requested.

The GPIP will place students who fulfill the above requirements with an internship in a company or a UIC research laboratory. The students placed in UIC research laboratory internships will be paid $11/hr for up to thirty-two hours/week for eight weeks. For students hired in companies or other outside organizations, we anticipate the pay range will be approximately $10-15/hr.

Freshmen starting in Fall 2016 will represent our fourth cohort of GPIP. The current and former GPIP students were assigned to real world engineering projects and gained hands-on experience in their respective fields.

GPIP FAQ's

  • Complete at least 26 UIC semester hours during your freshman year.
  • There are 5 courses that are required for you to take and meet required grades.
  • 2 Math courses
  • Complete Math 180 (Calculus I) and Math 181 (Calculus II) with a B or higher by the end of freshman year. Students with AP Calculus credit for Math 180 must complete at least one higher-level math course with a B or higher. Note: Pre-calculus does not fulfill this requirement.
  • 2 program-specified (your major) 100 level Engineering courses with a B or higher. Required courses by major
  • Enroll in ENGR 100 & 101 and successfully complete our Freshman Engineering Success Program (FESP) during the academic fall 2016 semester .
  • You need a minimum 3.2 GPA for the Fall semester and the Spring semester.  A cumulative of 3.2 does not qualify you if you were under a 3.2 in either semester.
  • You need a minimum of a B for Calculus 1 & 2.
  • You need a minimum of a B for the required courses in your major. Required courses by major

If students prefer to do an off-campus internship at a company they will be required to apply for these internships.  Opportunities to apply for off-campus internships will be provided by The Engineering Career Center.  Students are also encouraged to apply for internships that they learn about on their own through online searches and networking.  Off-campus internships WILL NOT be guaranteed.  If a student does not secure an off-campus internship and still meets the GPIP requirements, they will be placed in an on-campus internship.

We suggest that you apply to off-campus internships throughout the school year until you secure an internship.  While we will be alerting you to internship opportunities you can apply to, we have had several students secure internships on their own through online searches and networking.

If you decide to take classes over the summer you will have to arrange your schedule with your supervisor.  Past GPIP participants found that it was easier to take a class at UIC while completing an on-campus internship.

We do our best to place students in a research lab within their department.  However, depending on project availability, you may end up outside of your department, but still working in some type of engineering capacity.

  • For off-campus internships, the duration will be a minimum of eight weeks.  Most off-campus internships require a full-time 40-hour work week.
  • For on-campus internships, you are expected to work 32 hours a week for eight weeks.

Internships will start at the end of May or beginning of June depending on your site.

For more information, please contact Rose Coppola-Conroy at 312-355-5174 or rcconroy@uic.edu