One of the best ways to learn more about careers in civil and systems engineering is through an externship. Externships are job shadowing opportunities in which you can observe someone who is in your field of choice. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about career paths and to seek advice which you can use to assist in your own career planning. Externships can assist you with increasing your networking contacts and can create leads for potential internships or full-time jobs in the future.

Our program connects a select number of qualified, interested MSE students with alumni and their colleagues at their workplaces. Each host decides how to compose the extern’s visit, which might include shadowing the host, meeting with the host’s colleagues, attending meetings, having a tour, and/or working on a project. Externship sites include different types of companies. This program typically takes place during the January intersession.

Possible externship activities include:

  • Shadowing one or more professionals for a full day
  • Conducting informational interviews with professionals in a range of departments and levels
  • Participating in daily operations that provide hands-on exposure to the career field/industry
  • Completing a relevant project if the externship is long enough to accommodate it
  • Attending meetings and presentations
  • Touring the work site

Students will be responsible for any travel or housing arrangements, meals, and any related expenses. Please contact Prof. Cris Moen with questions regarding externships.

2019 Externship Sites

Thornton Tomasetti – New York, NY

D.W. Kozera – Baltimore, MD

SGH – New York, NY

ARUP – Washington, D.C.

McLaren Group – Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Thornton Tomasetti – Washington, D.C.

Silman and Associates – Boston, MA

WSP – Baltimore, MD

RK&K – Baltimore, MD

Parsons Corporation – Baltimore, MD

2018 Winter Externship Sites

Arup – Los Angeles, CA

HDR – Vienna, VA

Jacobs – Baltimore, MD

Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) – Baltimore, MD

Parsons Corporation – Baltimore, MD

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger – San Francisco, CA

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP – New York, NY

STV, Inc. – New York, NY

Thornton Tomasetti – Washington, DC

Turner Construction Company – New York, NY

Whitman, Requardt, and Associates, LLP – Baltimore, MD

The Wilson T. Ballard Co. – Baltimore, MD