Our cadets/students and graduates are among the best locally, regionally, and nationally! There are a number of possibilities in which you can support our cadets/students through a co-op or internship while they’re in school or traditional employment after graduation. Below this section, we invite you to explore a few of the most common ways cadets/students are employed.
Please don’t hesitate to either reach out to us here at the School of Engineering or to the team at our Career Center.
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Co-ops: Cadets can do co-ops.
- We have two 12 credit hour courses (can take 1 to 12 hours based on need to remain a fulltime student) in place so a student does not need to resign and then reapply to do a co-op outside of the lowcountry. Any courses a student takes through a synchronous or asynchronous mode with The Citadel must be coordinated prior to the semester with the Department Head. This works well with a student who is ahead or behind the 8 semester schedule and only has 1-2 courses available to take for the program during a given semester. If a student who is completely on track takes a semester away with co-op credit, they might need to take two semesters away since we only offer junior and senior courses once a year and many have pre-requisites from the previous semester.
- Also, juniors and seniors with a little prior coordination can do a co-op locally and take courses within our full-time evening programs. What we need to do is map out what courses need to be taken in the summer to catch up on courses not available in the spring or fall in our evening programs. Our evening program uses the summer to complete courses since only 4 courses each are offered fall and spring. If a student is trying to remain on track to graduate in four years, they will normally need to take four engineering courses in the evening. So we request that companies consider having the student only work 25 hours a week (5 hours a day, i.e., from 7 AM to 1 PM) and allow them to study in the cubicle until 4:45 PM when they need to return to campus to attend evening classes that start at 5:15 PM.
- Cadets can now do internships during the academic year (fall and spring) for grade or no grade. Juniors and seniors not going into the military take ROTC fulfillment courses rather than traditional junior and senior level ROTC courses, and one of those can be an internship. The students must complete 8 hours a week and submit certain documents to include assessments from an industry supervisor if for grade. If not for grade, the number of hours is more flexible, but we request max of 10 since we still want them to graduate on time! Internships during the academic year require tight course scheduling and Tactical Officer involvement (Commandant’s office) to ensure the cadet can leave campus and return by 7:45 PM at the start of Evening Study Period.
- We have had some students continuing summer internships into the fall semester with the cadet sometimes returning with a company laptop that projects are pushed to, completed on, and monitored by the company. We ask that these informal relationships keep the workload to around 10 hours to once again ensure they graduate in four years.
- If company needs 20-40 hours/week, consider hiring 2-4 student interns.
- Many students work to depart on Tuesday and Thursday right after their Leadership Training program classes (1:30 PM).
Recently we have had companies look to tie any scholarship they give (term or endowed) to an internship the summer before or after an annual scholarship. We welcome these opportunities, but if the student completes the internship, they meet the requirements for the scholarship the following semester. This is a great way to assist us with meeting the lack of scholarships for our engineering students and have them in your company to see if they are what you are looking for in your next hire!
How to Post a Job via Handshake
START with Handshake, which allows you to electronically share jobs, internships, and register for recruiting events.
- Visit Handshake / look for “No account? Sign up here”
- Select “Employer” / use a work email address (Ex: firstname.lastname@example.org) / Click “Sign Up”
- POSTING TIP – Salary isn’t required, but including a competitive range increases applicants.
- REVIEW OUR POSTING POLICIES.
Opportunities which are typically declined are:
- Multi-Level Marketing – Also known as pyramid selling, and referral marketing.
- Household Positions – Personal care, nannies, tutors, yard care do not meet our guidelines, but can be emailed to us.
- Staffing Agencies – Positions not posted by the “employer” will be declined.
- Positions which require students use their personal networks during the interview process to generate leads.