Pre-Work Checklist

You’ve accepted an internship or co-op position.  Congratulations!

Here are things you should do now:

  • Complete the Employment Survey to let us know when and where you’ll be working and what kind of credit—if any—you plan to earn during your work experience.
  • If desired, talk to an Engineering Career Envoy to get a student’s perspective on internship and co-op experience.
  • If you are registered for credit for your internship or co-op, talk to your academic adviser or a Department Career Contact to confirm how you can use the credits toward your major.
  • If you will complete an internship or co-op experience during a fall or spring semester before you have completed the entrance-to-major process, meet with an academic adviser to see how your absence could impact this process.
  • If you are an international student, work with your adviser in the University Office of Global Programs to address any special requirements or conditions associated with completing an internship or co-op in the U.S.
  • If you will be graduating during the semester when you complete your internship or last co-op rotation, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • If you receive financial aid, meet with an adviser in the Office of Student Aid about how your aid package could be affected by your internship or co-op experience.
  • Check with your employer about any housing assistance that may be provided for interns or co-op participants.  If no assistance is provided, start to look for housing in the city where you will be working. 
  • Contact your employer to confirm important details or requirements for your first day on the job (e.g., appropriate dress, start time, paperwork) to ensure that you get off to a good start in your workplace.
  • Review our tips on how to be successful at work.
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Employment Survey

Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032