Work Experience – Northern Illinois University

Key Major Future Job Possibilities Sample Internship and Co-Op Companies
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING Aerospace, Power Generation, Materials & Metals UTC Aerospace, GE Health, OMRON
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Automotive, Biotechnology, Green & Sustainable Technologies John Deere, UPS, Caterpillar
INDUSTRIAL & SYSTEMS ENGINEERING Utilities, Robotics & Automation, Transportation Navistar, Woodward, ComEd

U.S. News & World Report named Northern Illinois University:

• Among top 50 for Undergraduate Engineering Program

• Among Top 125 for Public Schools

• Among top 200 for National Universities

• In Washington Monthly’s 2014 National Universities Rankings, NIU ranks in the top 200 universities in the following categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), Service (encouraging students to give something back to their community)



Services for Students and Alumni:

• Individual career planning and counseling

• Internship and job search assistance

• Victor eRecruiting job search program

• On-campus interviews with over 150 employers

• Career, internship, and educators’ fairs

• Résumé and cover letter consultation

• Practice interviews

• Credential services for education students and alumni

• Graduate and professional school application assistance

Career Counseling:

• Address plans for career success

• Identify career interests and clarify goals

• Overcome obstacles to career development

• Take career tests to assist with academic decision making

Specialized Career Workshops:

• Résumé Writing

• Interviewing

• Networking

• Job Searching

• Business Dining Etiquette

• Career Decision Making

• Careers for Specific Majors


Although internships and co-ops are not a graduation requirement, all students are greatly encouraged to participate in as many internships as possible. The requirements and expectations for the internships are developed by the company and the student, hence there are no academic requirements for NIU College of Engineering & Engineering Technology (CEET) internships.