Below are the answers to questions we frequently receive. If you don't see yours here, please email us: or give a call: 541-346-6835. We'd love to hear from you!

How does this master's program differ from others?
The UO's Master's Industrial Internship Program is unique in the way it partners with industry and the way it teaches students to work in the industrial environment. It prepares students for success in industry.

From the program's inception, industry has helped drive curriculum development. As a result, we can respond quickly to changes in industry and technology and our students are better prepared for the realities of the industrial environment. The extended duration of the internship (9 months) means students are fully integrated into company life, gaining genuine work experience and relationships. This deviates from the standard internship model where interns are given "projects" and removed from the day-to-day responsibilities of being a scientist in industry. About 90% of our interns receive full-time job offers at the end of their internships.

Students enter industry with a solid foundation that allows them to hit hte ground running and be valuable members of a team in an industrial setting. They learn to problem solve in real time on actual problems in a real work environment instead of focusing their time on research in an academic environment, which is decidedly different. In industry the goal is to work toward a solution in the interest of the company and the bottom line. Problem solving and creativity is required to come up with creative solutions to problems on a tight time-line. Our curriculum helps students learn how to work in a team to come up with solutions in real time in the industrial environment.

Professional development is integrated into the curriculum, so students are better prepared to represent themselves in an interview and be contributing members to a team in an industrial environment.

How long does the program take to complete?
Most students complete the program in about 15 months. It is possible to finish your degree in about a year, but this requires you to start an internship fall term. Most students complete their course work in the fall and begin their internships winter term. However, some students do begin their internships fall term and complete their remaining course work while working. This allows them to complete the program in one year. To see all basic time-to-completion scenarios, go to the program overview page.

How many students are in the program?
This year we had 60 students enrolled in the Master's Industrial Internship Program across three tracks. The largest track had 22 students. It's an intimate program, with lots of contact between faculty and students.

What are you looking for in an applicant to your program?
We look for the same things most graduate programs look for: solid grades, some research experience, and strong letters of recommendation. In addition, we look for the same things companies look for: an ability to work well with others, good problem-solving skills, independent thinking and excellent communication skills.

I am very interested in interning at a company you don't have listed on your web site. Is that possible?
Yes. Students are encouraged to initiate internships at any company they're interested in working for, provided the position will give you the experience you need to be successful and is at the master's level. Once you get the ball rolling, we are willing to get things set up with your manager so you can get credit for the internship. Many students have done this.

I want to live and work in Portland. Can you guarantee that I will get an internship in the city of my choice?
Unfortunately, no. Students who are willing to accept internships in any location are the easiest to help secure an internship because they accept every interview invitation they receive - and are therefore more likely to receive offers. We do have several companies located in Portland, but we cannot guarantee internships. Students have to win them (and 98% of the time, they do). Students have successfully secured internships in Arizona, Oregon, California, Washington, Utah, Maine, the Netherlands, Colorado, Maryland and New York, among others. The list of companies we work with continues to grow day by day as do the locales in which they operate. For a listing of current partners, visit our partners page.

What's Eugene like?
Eugene is a mid-size town in Oregon. It has a laid-back feel and many of our residents are pretty outdoorsy. We have a large music and art scene for a community this size (check out the arts page). The population of Eugene is right around 160,000, while neighboring Springfield adds another 40,000. You can learn more by going to the page for Prospective Students and looking under "Living in Oregon."