Internships & Research
Carroll College's location in opportunity-rich Montana and in the state capital of Helena gives engineering students unique and plentiful opportunities for local internships.
Students normally spend summers at private consulting firms or government agencies as engineering interns, and many continue their employment on a part-time basis during the school year. These internships usually include assisting professional engineers and are a mix of outdoor field work and indoor office duties.
Several of our faculty members are registered professional engineers who also work part-time for local consulting firms. Consequently, they are continually engaged in professional engineering practice and they have contacts in the local community that often lead to internship opportunities for students.
Some of the companies and organizations that students have worked for as interns include:
Aptum, Inc. (Camas, Washington)
Lockheed Martin (Orlando, Florida)
Undergraduate research opportunities are available to students through a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation called "Research Experience for Undergraduates" (REU). The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students at major universities. Students typically stay on campus at the sponsoring university throughout the summer and receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
Recent REU projects undertaken by Carroll students include the study of structures at the University of Washington, optics and lasers at Colorado State University, robotics and artificial intelligence at University of Oklahoma, and aerospace at the University of Minnesota.
Students also have the opportunity to present and discuss their research at Carroll's annual Student Undergraduate Research Festival, SURF.