MAE 197 (Internship)

The Academic Internship Program coordinates work experiences for undergraduates with industry, government offices, and hospitals.


  • Students work under the supervision of either a faculty member or an industrial supervisor.
  • The position may or may not be salaried.
  • Students typically receive 1-4 units of academic credit for a MAE 197 Engineering Internship and by completing a research paper or technical laboratory report on their internship work. (Students enrolled thru the UCSD Co-op Program may request up to 12 units of academic credit, in unique situations.)
  • The average time commitment for the internship is ten hours per week for every four units of academic credit.


  • It is the responsibility of the student to choose and approach the faculty member about working together. Typically, this may be a faculty member that you have taken a course with and who may know you. If they are unavailable, they may be able to recommend another faculty member.
  • If the faculty member is available and willing to accept the student, the student must meet with the faculty to discuss a research paper or technical laboratory report on their internship work.
  • The student then must submit a Special Studies request through the EASy portal.
  • After the request is approved by the faculty and MAE department chair, the EASy system will clear the student for the MAE 197 course and notify them by email that a section has been created. Enrollment is not automatic.
  • The student must enroll themselves in the course after obtaining clearance from the Registrar.

For instructions on how to submit a Special Studies request, please visit

Note: EASy request review can take 1-3 weeks.


  • Students considering an internship outside of the summer, must contact their advisor to create an academic plan to keep them on track for graduation.
  • Students may not receive upper division technical elective (TE) credit for internships.


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