Job Opportunities

The internship and job search can be overwhelming, but there are many resources available to you.  A good place to start is OSU's Career Services.  They also provide this helpful job and internship search checklist.

Beaver Careers

Beaver Careers is OSU Career Services’ online career management system and it is a great way for students and alums to get started in their job/internship search.



BEE 410 Internship

If you are an Ecological Engineering student who has identified an internship opportunity, you may consider earning academic credit for your internship by enrolling in BEE 410 Internship. Cooperating agencies or business are expected to give interns an opportunity to participate as broadly as possible in the activities and responsibilities of the organization. Ideally, the intern will be assigned one or more projects that can be completed in one quarter.  Grading for the internship is pass/no pass, as based in part on comments from the intern's workplace supervisor.  Internships are NOT funded by the Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering. Tuition must be paid to gain academic credit.  Expenses are the student's responsibility.  However, cooperating agencies or businesses are encouraged to financially assist interns if their budgets permit doing so.

Please speak to Head Advisor, Dr. Frank Chaplen, for more information.

Posting date Employer Location Timeframe Application Deadline Link
12/16/11 City of Portland - Environmental Services Portland, OR Year-round and summer Varies
12/16/11 Student Conservation Association All 50 States 3-12 Months Varies


Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Participating in an undergraduate research program is highly recommended if you are thinking about going to graduate school.  Undergraduate research experience will give you an edge in applying for graduate school, research fellowships, and employment. 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program.  An REU site is typically at a university and consists of approximately 10 students who work in the research programs of the host institution.  Almost all REU internships are paid and many offer travel and housing assistance.  These are competitive experiences and the application process varies by individual site.  To look at opportunities by subject area, keyword, or location use the Search for an REU Site.

REU applications for summer 2014 have closed. Application deadlines vary but are typically in the January-March timeframe. 

Other research resources

Oregon State Undergraduate Research Framework (OSURF)

This site is a resource for undergraduates and faculty looking to participate or implement undergraduate research.

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC)

The URISC program is intended to enable OSU undergraduate students to initiate a scholarly relationship with faculty early in their academic careers. Faculty mentors are expected to assume financial responsibility for student research activities if they continue beyond the initial URISC sponsorship.

OSU University Honors College

Research experience leading to a thesis is a hallmark of the University Honors College.

NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program
This program offers undergraduates across the United States mentored internship experiences at NASA Centers and research support facilities. The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program is NASA’s largest nationwide internship program.  Searchable site here. 

Department of Energy Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE’s mission and operations.  The application period will be open from October 15, 2012 through January 4, 2013.

IBP-Pathway to Science - Education and Career training opportunities in STEM

International Programs

Engineering is an increasingly global profession. An international experience can provide you with necessary skills to work effectively with people from around the world and give you the opportunity to gain an international perspective of engineering.

Professional Conferences

Attending a professional conference is a great way to build your network.  Here are some conferences that our faculty and industry partners attend:

Job Opportunities

John Todd Ecological Design (JTED) Professional Engineering (Feb 2015)

General Search Links:

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