Strategically located in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, School of Engineering students benefit from active partnerships with area industry and agencies. Students practice and enhance classroom concepts through industry internships and co-ops. Our alumni and regional engineering, construction and information technology companies play a vital role in weaving a strong network, helping our students receive scholarships, internships, co-ops and job opportunities.SIUE civil engineering alumna Jessica Lowe had an internship at David Mason and Associates, an engineering management and construction support firm with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth.
“My internship throughout school was invaluable. I was able to see classroom theories and techniques put to use in the real world, enhancing my understanding of them. Being in a work atmosphere throughout school made the transition from student to professional very smooth and helped me get a foot in the door of the engineering world. As a result, I was offered a job before I even graduated.”
Jessica Lowe, ’09 BS Civil Engineering
David Mason and Associates
“In 1993 while a junior electrical engineering major at SIUE, I decided to take a co-op at Anheuser-Busch. The co-op far exceeded my expectations. I quickly was exposed to state-of-the-art control systems that took my classroom knowledge to a whole new level. It was very challenging work, with real world deadlines and project goals. Aside from the technical exposure, the leadership, teamwork and communication skills I obtained in a professional environment made me a much better-rounded individual. The co-op paid well and in the end, my hard work was rewarded with a full-time position after graduation.
“Today, as an active recruiter of engineering students, I can usually tell a big difference in a job interview between those that have cooped and those that have not. The student who has cooped will likely discuss real-world teams that they have worked on with issues they resolved, money they have saved or goals they accomplished. Their confidence and maturity usually seem to be at a much higher level and it shows in the interview.
“My recommendation to all SIUE engineering students is to peruse co-op opportunities. They provide tremendously valuable experiences that you simply can’t get from a classroom. Be prepared to set your course work and all other distractions aside that you can to make the most of it. It will likely be unlike any other job you have ever had. Use the Career Development Center as a resource to get started with writing a successful resume and polishing your interview skills. Good luck!”
Mike Blakey, ’93 BS Electrical Engineering, ’99 MBA
Assistant Operations Manager, Process Support
Member, SIUE School of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board