Practical Work Experience

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering strongly encourages students to gain work experience during their academic studies. Employers give considerable preference to applicants with work experience and students have documented the enhancement to their studies that work experience brings. Work experience can be gained through the co-op program or through internships. The positions are salaried and the Department grants academic credit for both types of experience.

A co-op program differs from the internship program in that a given number of work periods (usually three) typically occur in alternate semesters. Occasionally there are limited opportunities for parallel coop or internship positions in the local area which allow the student to pursue studies on a part-time basis simultaneously with the co-op or internship assignment.

The co-op program of the University is administered by the Career Resource Center. To be eligible, students must have completed 30 semester credits prior to beginning their first work assignment. Transfer students must complete one semester at the University of Florida prior to beginning their first work assignments. Normally one academic credit, which may be applied to the departmental technical elective requirement, is granted for each term of successful full-time co-op experience. No more than three credits can be applied to the technical elective requirement. For further details on coop opportunities, interested students should contact the Career Resource Center.

The Practical Work program of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is similar to but distinct from the co-op program of the University. Academic credit can be granted for work experience gained through internships. An internship is typically a one term position with a qualifying company. In contrast to the co-op position program, there is no commitment on the student or the company for subsequent internship positions. Information on available internships can be obtained from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering or the Career Resource Center.

In order to participate in the Practical Work program of this department, students should have started taking engineering courses. Such qualifying courses are CGS 2425, EML 2023, or EIN 4354. Those students lacking any engineering background may be faced with menial work assignments that would not be eligible for Practical Work credit.  EGS4034 is a prerequisite effective for all students after summer 2015.

General elective credit may be granted for qualifying practical work. This work should be performed in an engineering environment where the student is under the supervision of qualified personnel. One credit is granted for each increment of 480 hours of employment (or 12 weeks at 40 per week)  up to a maximum of three credits.  The credit needs to be placed on a student’s schedule during normal registration time for the semester.  The credit can only be placed on a schedule for the semester a student plans to work at the internship or immediately one semester after the work experience.

At the completion of the experience, students must fill out the Practical Work Evaluation Form and the supervisor will need to complete an Evaluation Form, in order to receive credit.