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Collaborative Internships

The Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center (SIMCenter) offers unique programs to prepare undergraduates for simulation and modeling work. Our new collaborative internship model allows students to continue building the CAE skills they developed during their summer internship into the fall and spring semesters.

The Framework

Summer Term

In a typical internship program, undergraduate students start their work at the company the summer before their third or fourth year. They are immersed in the company culture and gain experience at the company location. While the students may already have some knowledge of CAE software, they will also be learning on the job and through whatever direct training the organization provides.

At the end of the summer term, the student-company relationship is either severed or put on hold, and the skills they learned are either put to use elsewhere or atrophy as the student returns their focus to classes and other on-campus employment.

Our internship program provides an option to prevent this.

The Academic Year and Our Program

When the student returns to campus, they continue their relationship with the company while working under our roof. Collaborative intern students are assigned one of our experienced research staff members as an onsite mentor. This researcher can help monitor the student's progress and is available to help troubleshoot and train the student on relevant software.

Representatives from the company also have the opportunity to attend two recruiting events hosted by SIMCenter where they can interact with the students they're sponsoring as well as others in the program.

There are other benefits to using this program. First, we can connect companies to other motivated Ohio State students interested in interning with them. Additionally, company support helps SIMCenter achieve its mission to develop students with advanced CAE skills, preparing them for their careers.

The Details


For the 2018-2019 academic year, the base cost is $10,000 per intern. This includes costs for:

  • Administrative support
  • POM costs
  • Networking events
  • Overhead
  • Technical support of research staff

Intern pay, equipment and software are not included.

Due to the nature of research and the type of software license required, most companies prefer to issue the intern a company-owned laptop with relevant software. The student can then access the company's network via VPN through the university's wireless network.

There are also benefits for the company by keeping the intern on their payroll. University departments are limited with the amount they can pay students. Often industry members can pay their students at a more competitive industry-standard rate.

We understand that not every company is set up to continue pay when the student is back on campus, so we offer the option of adding the student pay to the base cost. Since it is difficult to determine how much the student will actually work during the semester, the company will not be billed until the student submits their final timesheet for the semester; however, we estimate the additional cost to be approximately $2,500 each semester.

The $2,500 estimate is based on $12 per hour, 10 hours per week, and for 15 weeks, plus an additional $700 for additional administrative overhead costs.

Students are authorized to work up to 20 hours each week, but most in practice average around 10 hours.