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

How does this master's program differ from others?
The Master's Industrial Internship Program at the University of Oregon is unique in the way it partners with industry and trains students to be successful in the industrial environment.

From the program's inception, industry has helped drive curriculum development. This enables us to respond quickly to changes in industry and technology and our students are better prepared for the realities of that 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 within three months of the end of their internships.

Students enter industry with a solid foundation that allows them to hit the ground running and become valuable members of a team. They learn to problem solve in real time on actual problems in the team-focused work environment that is typical of industry instead of focusing on independent 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, something teams can do much more successfully than individuals. Our curriculum helps students excel in that environment.

Professional development is integrated into the curriculum, so students are better prepared to represent themselves in an interview and be contributing members of a team. These soft skills set our students apart. After all, you can know everything about a topic, but if you can't articulate that knowledge, your ability to advance your career is negatively impacted.

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 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?
Typically, we have 60 students in the program each summer across three tracks; about 20 students per track (molecular probes & sensors is new for 2019 and will likely have 6-8 students in its first year). It's an intimate program, with lots of contact between faculty, staff 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 look for job prospects 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 partner 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 60,000. You can learn more by going to the page for Prospective Students and looking under "Living in Oregon."