Marquette has developed one of the leading co-op/internship programs among Biomedical Engineering Departments in the nation. Thanks in part to a Whitaker Foundation grant to expand cooperative education and industrial internships for biomedical engineering students, 75 percent of the undergraduate biomedical engineers now gain co-op or internship experience before graduation. The Biomedical Engineering Department has forged partnerships with many major medical device companies in the Midwest who rely on the excellent reputation established by our students as co-ops, interns and permanent employees. The co-op and internship program offers students the opportunity to gain meaningful practical and professional experiences in the health care industrial environment, in addition to their on-campus educational experiences. The grant also has provided new opportunities in the freshman and sophomore years to integrate career development into the curriculum.
Marquette began its Co-op Program in 1919. Students usually enter the program at the end of their sophomore year and complete three to four terms of off-campus employment. The employment experience is alternated with semesters of on-campus study, only extending graduation by one year. Internships, by comparison, are summer-only engineering experiences.
The Les Aspin Center for Government and the Department of Biomedical Engineering offer internships on biomedical research and regulatory issues. The Les Aspin/biomedical engineering internships began in 1997 with biomedical engineering undergraduates participating in this innovative program in Washington, D.C. To date, more than 60 biomedical engineers have completed Les Aspin biomedical internships. The internships are completed at the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Science and Technology in Rockville, Md.
Director of Industry Relations
College of Engineering
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-5698