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.
Undergraduate students typically begin internships during the summer before their third or fourth year. While immersed in company culture, students leverage their knowledge of CAE software to pick up new skills on the job.
At the end of the summer term, students turn their focus back to classes in hopes of earning a subsequent internship or post-graduate opportunity.
Our internship program aims to bridge the gap between coursework and industry knowledge, building on students’ current knowledge of cutting-edge tools to prepare the next generation of engineers.
The Academic Year and Our Program
SIMCenter restructures the traditional internship format by allowing students to continue working with a company after their summer term. To deliver a personalized experience, SIMCenter pairs students with research staff members as on-site mentors. These researchers are thrilled to support the students’ progress, help troubleshoot, and train students on state-of-the-art software.
Dedicated to fostering the relationship between students and companies, SIMCenter invites company representatives to two recruiting events during the year.
One of the major benefits of involvement is the opportunity for motivated students to engage with leading companies. Additionally, company support helps SIMCenter achieve its mission to develop students with advanced CAE skills, preparing them for their careers.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, the base cost is $10,000 per intern. This includes costs for:
- Administrative support
- POM costs
- Networking events
- 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. Oftentimes industry members can pay their students at a more competitive industry-standard rate.
Every company is set up differently, and SIMCenter an 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 students average around 10 hours.