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Internship and Industrial Placement

Please cite as follows: Chan, CKY (2015). "Internship and Industrial Placement", Engineering Education Enhancement and Research Asia (E3R Asia).


In general, placements and internships are offered to students studying in the third or fourth year to develop part of their learning outcomes for their degree course. The working experience can be offered for any duration from 2 months to 12 months, where some are held during university term time, while some are taken during the summer semester (University of Manchester, n.d.).

For instance the ELEC3840 Internship offered by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the University of Hong Kong (HKU) takes up to 6 to 8 weeks in summer and often takes place after the student’s third year of study (HKU’s Dept of EEE, n.d.; HKU’s Faculty of Engineering, n.d.), whereas the Industrial Placement offered by the University of Bristol takes up to 9 to 12 months and is offered to students who have completed their second year of study (University of Bristol’s Faculty of Engineering, 2011).