...” 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
Former Senior Engineering Director
ON Semiconductor

Program Philosophy
Our program trains students in the real-world knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the industrial research laboratory. Feedback from internship host companies has been overwhelmingly supportive of our unique system of education. Click on program overview for full details.

Part•ner•ship (pärt' nur-ship") - n.
1. A relationship between individuals or groups that is characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility for the achievement of a specified goal.

Our goal is simple
- to prepare students for successful careers in your industry.

The one constant in business is change. We look to you, our industrial partner, to keep us up-to-date as we continue to refine our curriculum to meet your technical training needs.

Common Questions from Prospective Partners:

What is the typical academic background of the students entering this program?
Though this varies by track, students typically have bachelor's degrees in chemistry, physics, biochemistry or chemical, electrical or renewable energy engineering and related fields. Students come to the Industrial Master’s Program from over 80 academic institutions.

What is my financial commitment?
There are no annual fees to organizations that participate in this program. Various factors impact salaries, therefore internship compensation is negotiated between student and company. We are happy to discuss average salaries in particular programs/industries.

Am I required to commit to internships every year as an industrial partner?
No. All we ask is that you communicate potential employment opportunities when they arise so we may provide qualified candidates.

Why nine months?
When we began this program, companies told us that three- and six-month internships were not long enough to produce a return on their training investment. Nine months, they said, was the minimum time needed for that return.

What, if any, impact will hiring interns have on our IP (intellectual property)?
Absolutely no impact! Interns are employed directly by the company and the university has no claim to the I.P. generated during an internship. Students will submit technical papers each term for class credit, but these papers are reviewed by the company to ensure content does not infringe on sensitive company data.

When can I hire an intern as a "regular" employee?
You can make an intern an offer at any time during the internship without affecting their “student” status with the university. As long as they complete their coursework and meet the academic requirements they will receive their graduate degree.

Do students need to return to the University of Oregon campus to complete their course work after the internship?
No. Our students can complete the course work at any accredited college or university close to their internship work site. This allows students to transition from intern to “regular” employee without interruption should you choose to hire them.

What if an intern I hire doesn't work out?
Ideally you will be communicating with us throughout the internship so if issues do arise, we can help address them before it gets to a termination stage. If it is necessary to terminate an intern, we will support your decision. Over the history of the program, unsuccessful internships have been a very rare occurrence.

More Questions? Contact us!

Stacey York
Director of Strategic Partnerships