Student Information

The purpose of the internship program is to provide valuable real world experience to the students in the Engineering Academy.  The internships include positions within local companies as well as at UCSB.  Typically the internships are paid part time positions that run though the summer. 

The process is as follows:

  • Positions posted to students (mid April)
  • Students submit resume, along with their choices (early May)
  • Internship team reviews resumes and matches with employer positions. (May)
  • Submit list of candidates to employer (May)
  • Employee interviews (May)

To be considered for an internship position, students need to:

  • Be available for the majority of the summer
  • Review the available positions
  • Apply using the Google Form (emailed to all current juniors and seniors)
  • Submit a resume to 

Students will then be notified if they have been selected to interview for a position. After this, students will need to follow an interview process specific to each position.  If you are hired for an intern position and are under the age of 18, you will need to complete a work permit form, which involves getting signatures from school officials.

Interview Tips

1.    When a company contacts you for an interview, be sure to respond promptly.  Your correspondence with them should be professional, always address them Mr, Ms, Dr. etc…  Avoid using ‘Hi’, Hey’ to address them. Proofread your emails before sending!!!

2.    Dress appropriately, business causal is recommended

3.    Do some research on the company, go to their website, and understand what they do.

4.    Prepare some answers to frequently asked question

a.    Why do you want to work there?

b.    What do you want to gain from an internship with this company?

5.    Prepare some questions to ask. Most interviewers will often ask if you have any questions, be prepared with thoughtful questions.

a.    You may have questions about the company, or who the position will report to?  etc…

b.    Make sure to ask about hours, be certain the employer’s time expectations are something you can commit to.  And let them know if you have any vacation/time off that you already know about.

c.    Make sure to ask about compensation during the interview, most of the job positions have the pay or stipend amounts on the form. You can confirm that rate with them.

6.    Thank the interviewer at the end of your interview and follow up with a “Thank You’ email.

If you have any questions about the DPEA intern program please email


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