Internship and Career Resources


Internships are an invaluable experience where students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in real-world settings while learning from mentors who work in industry. Internship experiences allow students the opportunity to gain skills, make connections to their coursework, expand their network, and further evaluate their interests and career goals.    

We recommend searching for an internship as early as possible. Take the initiative to make connections and network

Campus resources to get you started: 
  • UCSD Career Center

    • The Career Center can coach you on how to find that ideal job, internship, or experiential outcome. Boost your skillset and become better prepared now. 

  • Jacobs Corporate Affiliates program 

    • The Jacobs Corporate Affiliates Program partners with companies to provide students and alumni various internship, co-op, and job opportunities. 

Job/Internship Search Resources: 

Academic Internship Program 

  • A program that allows students to integrate academic theory and ‘real world' practice, engage in research that explores the relationship between the two, and gain hands-on experience in professional settings.
Career Fair
  • Year-round opportunities for employers to meet with thousands of top UC San Diego students and alumni to hire for full/part-time positions and internships. 
The Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program  
  • An immersive work experience in which students are employed full-time by a company for six months to supplement education with real-world experiences. Certain academic qualifications apply.
Disciplines in Engineering Career Fair (DECaF) 
  • An annual student-run career fair which will provide you with a great opportunity to meet and connect with representatives from some of the top engineering companies.
    • UC San Diego's database of off-campus jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and on-campus jobs (including work-study)
    Jacobs School Jobs & Internship Portal
    • A database that companies use to proactively search for talented students for full-time jobs and internships. On the JSOE Jobs & Internships Portal, you can create your own profile and resume, view and apply for career opportunities, and gain access to some of the top employers in your field of study.
    The Research Experience & Applied Learning (REAL) Portal 
    • A database that helps students discover internships and other hands-on experiential learning opportunities.
    Team Internship Program
    •  An internship in which multi-disciplinary teams of 2-5 engineering students are deployed to corporate sponsors to work on a project together for 10-12 weeks in the summer. Students are hired by the sponsor and paid for the experience.
    Technical Interview Resources:
    • Coursera: Mastering the Software Engineering Interview 

      • Free online course created by UCSD faculty with the support of Google’s recruiting and engineering teams. In the course, they’ve provided tips, examples, and practice opportunities that may help you with a number of tech companies. They’ll assist you to organize into teams to practice. Lastly, they’ll give you basic job search advice, and tips for succeeding once you’re on the job.

    • Tackling the Technical Interview: This recorded video features employer representatives from Bloomberg, Nordson Corporation, and Lockheed Martin who ask students to approach technical interview questions and share tips, tricks, and advice.

    • a free, online, peer-to-peer technical interview site.

      • Cracking the Coding Interview: 189 Programming Questions and Solutions 6th Edition: Learn how to uncover the hints and hidden details in a question, discover how to break down a problem into manageable chunks, develop techniques to unstick yourself when stuck, learn (or re-learn) core computer science concepts, and practice on 189 interview questions and solutions.

      • This is a very good website that offers online anonymous technical interviewing. Please note that users must pay to be able to practice a technical interview, but there are still useful free resources available, such as the blog with lots of good advice, and also the recorded practice interviews

      • Interview Cake: Another paid technical practice website, but there are also free parts of the website worth checking out. Start by reviewing the "interview tips" section.

    Tips on how to Prepare:
    Obtaining Academic Credit for your Internship: 

    CSE Internship Companion Courses

    • CSE 197: helps students draw maximum benefit from their paid, full-time, on-company- site engineering internships.
    • CSE 191: is a one-unit non-elective credit class for work done in conjunction with an internship. 
    Where Have CSE Students Interned? 

    Though not an extensive list, here are a few companies that students have interned for, based on CSE 197 enrollment:

    • 2GoProducts, Computer Programming 
    • Amazon, Summer Software Development Engineer Intern 
    • AppFoliio, Inc., Software Engineer Intern 
    • CISCO, College Intern 
    • EA, Software Engineer Intern 
    • Facebook Inc., Product Engineer Intern 
    • Google, Software Engineer Intern 
    • HealthStream Inc., Intern 
    • Microsoft, Explorer Intern 
    • Teradata, Software Engineer Intern 
    • ViaSat, Intern Engineer 
    • Volt, Software Development Engineer Intern 
    • Workday, Software Development Intern 
    • Yelp, Intern

    Check out the posters presented at the most recent Summer Internship Symposium!