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...” The Materials Science Institute’s Industrial Internship Program enables it’s students to become contributors in half the time required by students from other programs. They have set a new standard for preparing students for successful careers in the high-tech job market...”

Chuck May, PhD
Senior Engineering Director
ON Semiconductor

Philosophy

"Our program trains you in the real-world knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the industrial research laboratory."

Feedback from the internship host companies has been overwhelmingly supportive of our unique education system.

Program Overview

The program begins summer term with intensive course and lab work in one of four focus areas:

  • Semiconductor Device Processing
  • Optical Materials & Devices
  • Polymers & Coatings
  • Organic Synthesis & Organometallics

The course work and labs are designed to make students more effective problem solvers in the industrial environment. Emphasis will also be placed on developing student's soft skills, such as communication (oral and written), team work and leadership skills that are so critical for a successful career in industry.

Students who successfully complete the course work will be offered interviews for internships at regional companies. Students selected by these companies will complete a 9-month paid internship. Internship salaries typically range from $2000-$5400/mo. During the internship, students maintain their connection with faculty via meetings and campus seminars.

Academic background

Through the Master's Industrial Internship Program you can receive your degree in Chemistry or Applied Physics. Typical backgrounds of our students have bachelor degrees in one of the following areas: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

Earn your Masters in one Year

Classes begin summer term with 3-4 intensive courses in area of focus. Students may choose to start their internships in the fall while taking the remaining 2-3 courses at the closest university to their place of employment throughout the year, or they can complete the remaining courses during the fall term and begin their internships in January having completed all of the required classes. Below is a table with some typical graduation timelines:

Term Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3
Summer 12 credits graded 12 credits graded 12 credits graded
Fall 10 Credits internship
4 Credits Graded
12 credits graded 10 Credits internship
Winter 10 Credits internship
4 Credits Graded
10 Credits internship 10 Credits internship
Spring 10 Credits internship
4 Credits Graded
10 Credits internship 10 Credits internship
Summer/Fall XXXXXXXXXXXX 10 Credits internship 12 credits graded