Co-ops & Internships, Civil Engineering
At Widener, an undergraduate civil engineering student can take advantage of the cooperative education program and still graduate in four years. Co-ops and internships allow students to gain valuable, real-world practical experience in their engineering discipline, while earning a salary. In addition, students have the opportunity to receive full-time employment from their co-op or internship employers upon graduation.
"I was given the opportunity to take part in an eight-month co-op with the Army Corps of Engineers in Philadelphia. My official title was "Geotechnical Intern." However, I was given the liberty to try my hand in a variety of disciplines such as structural, geo-environmental, and hydraulics/hydrology. While I greatly appreciated the diversity of work, I found that designing a project in the office and seeing the fruits of my labor come to fruition in the field was the most valuable part of my co-op. I was able to travel from state to state taking part in projects that changed the way people live. Some of these projects were inspecting dams that protected communities from flooding, cleaning contaminated groundwater for a town, and analyzing the efficiency of an Army base's energy. Whatever the job was, I never felt overburdened or pressured. I simply felt like I was gradually mentored into a contributing member of the team."
"My co-op experience at Kimley-Horn was the best! I was able to work independently on my own projects with minimal supervision from my supervisor. My daily tasks included the design of demolition, erosion control, horizontal control and paving, grading, details, and drainage plans. I was able to apply most of the concepts I learned during my co-op in my classes when I returned to school. This co-op taught me a lot in the division of land development and eventually led to a permanent position within Kimly-Horn."