An internship program that began last year is so successful that Catalin Roman, dean of UNM Engineering, wants to expand the program to students of all levels and double the number of internships.
The UNM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) was formed through a grant from NSF to increase the number of students receiving baccalaureate degrees in engineering and computer science.
During the summer of 2012, 46 UNM Engineering students participated in paid 2-month internships through STEP. Twenty-one had internships at high tech companies, engineering firms, national labs, and state agencies. Twenty-five had internships with faculty at UNM.
Next year, the program’s goal is to double the number of internships. Another goal for UNM Engineering is to engage more students at all levels in internships.
STEP offers mentoring, conference participation, career development and paid internships to undergraduate students at the freshman and sophomore level. The program is designed to promote permanent posit ive changes in students’ lives.
On September 17, Dean Roman appointed Prof. Tariq Khraishi, who leads the program, as Assistant Dean for Internship Programs. “With help from Susan Buffington, Tariq will coordinate our internship activities school wide and for students at all levels,” said Roman. “In doing so, we are demonstrating to NSF that the investment made in UNM is having an immediate and lasting impact on the School and our students.”
UNM Engineering students interested in participating
For more information on participating in STEP, contact STEP Coordinator Sue Buffington, 505.277.5383; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companies interested in participating