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TU Engineering program celebrates internship success

Posted at 9:29 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 09:58:26-04

TULSA -- The University of Tulsa is celebrating a major milestone in the electrical engineering program with 100 percent internship enrollment of all juniors and seniors.

"It doesn’t matter how good your grades are, at most companies it matters about what kind of experience you have," said Patrick Maley, University of Tulsa junior.

These aren't your stereotypical internships of coffee runs and making copies.

"We develop controller boards, test controller boards for our big HVAC units," said Maley.

Maley interns at AAON and translates what he learns in his electrical engineering classroom into real world work.

"They handed me a board and they said figure out how to test this, and over the course of a month and a half I figured it out," said Maley.

All May 2019 University of Tulsa graduates are employed in the engineering industry, which mirrors the 100 percent internship enrollment for upperclassmen.

"They’ve already offered me a job to work with them after if I wanted to," said Caitlyn Daxon, University of Tulsa senior.

Daxon interns at CymSTAR in Broken Arrow. Students in the engineering program say they have their professors and department to thank for connecting them with local companies.

"It’s hard to translate what you learn in class to an actual practical engineering field," said Daxon.

Professors say these students work hard, and deserve to have job security after they graduate.

"This is Friday afternoon, you’re talking about college kids sitting in a lab, sitting, working, it doesn’t get much better than that," said Douglas Jussaume, Applied Associate Professor at the University of Tulsa.

After the success with the upperclassmen, the electrical engineering program expanded their goal to have 100 percent internship enrollment to freshmen and sophomores as well.

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