Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Capstone Internships for Engineering Management Professional Science Master’s Degrees Benefit Students and Employers
Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree programs combine advanced STEM education with MBA-level business classes and a capstone internship. These programs produce successful graduates in the science and engineering management fields. Our Engineering Management PSM program is designed to provide students with an engineering management education both inside and outside the classroom through the region’s booming manufacturing industry. The capstone internships for the Engineering Management program greatly benefits both the student and the employer. For students, these internships provide an opportunity to put into practice both their engineering management and business management education. Additionally, over 70% of our students are offered employment at their place of internship after they have completed it. Since the Engineering Management program began, the internship has been consistently listed as the most popular part of the degree program and a primary reason for choosing to enter the program. The experience that PSM students get from internships is one of the reasons why their average starting salaries are often double those with just an undergraduate degree. These internships are also of great benefit to the employers. Since these students have completed a majority of their classwork, the projects and expectations for their work can be at a much higher level than work expected of undergraduate interns or recent college graduates. Many industries in the region have projects that they would like to have completed, but due to labor and time shortages never get done. Engineering management interns provide them with a highly skilled worker who can complete the project at reduced labor cost. Furthermore, since these students have had additional coursework in business management, they have the soft skills needed to accomplish these projects independently with minimum supervision.
Foroudastan, S. D., & Snowden, C. M. (2018, June), Capstone Internships for Engineering Management Professional Science Master’s Degrees Benefit Students and Employers Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30175
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