Experiential Education

The Experiential Education option is a unique offering in the College of Engineering. It is designed to integrate academic study with practical experience in industry, business, government, or a research organization.

During the experience, students suspend full-time coursework and work under the supervision of a qualified professional in an internship or co-op position.

Placements vary in length—typically from 3 to 6 months, but in some cases longer—and coincide with the academic calendar (fall, spring, summer terms). Occasionally, part-time positions are available with Boston-area companies, often as continuations of full-time placements.

Note: International students must have CPT authorization to participate, and are only permitted to have a placement lasting a single term; 6-month placements are not permitted.

Students are encouraged to begin the planning process in the fall semester of sophomore year to assure smooth integration with coursework. Participation in Experiential Education may delay a student’s graduation date.

For further information, call, visit, or email the Career Development office (617-353-5731, ERB 112, engcareers@bu.edu).