Engineering helps build a better world. At Speed School, you’ll have the opportunities for international service work and research, studying abroad, and gaining a year of professional experience in your field.
The Global Engineering Track
How Superior Engineers Are Made
Speed School combines classroom curriculum with on-the-job training provided through our ACCE-accredited Co-Op Program.
As an engineering student, you’ll normally co-op with the same employer for three alternating semesters, beginning in your fifth semester of study. Upon the completion of your Bachelor’s degree, you’ll have a full year of professional work experience and a distinct advantage over engineering graduates from other universities.
The Global Engineering Track
The Global Engineering Track (GET) emphasizes four areas towards developing your intercultural knowledge in global engineering: Curricular, co-curricular, experiential education, and critical reflection. In this track, you’ll satisfy one of the three mandatory semesters of cooperative education by participating in either a semester-long study abroad or an international internship.
Qualifications and Requirements
Learn more about the expectations you must meet.
This is an application-nomination program.
- Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering
- Have not completed any co-op or internship rotations
- 3.30 minimum GPA
- Current resume
- Letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or mentor
One three-credit hour course with a global, diversity, or multicultural emphasis that addresses a social justice, democracy, political, or economic perspective
Complete and document 30 hours of domestic service activities having an international focus:
- International festivals
- Community volunteering
- Student conferences
- Service learning
- Participation in university clubs grounded in diversity, culture, or a foreign language
Complete one of the following CORE education abroad experiences:
- Short-Term Study Abroad
- International Service Learning Program
- Semester Study Abroad
- International Internship
Complete one of the following SUPPORTING education abroad experiences:
- International service or mission trip
- International or local-global research project
- Documented travel to three or more countries
- Engineers Without Borders service trip
- High school exchange student
- Lived abroad for six or more months
- Language proficiency: Either six credit hours of a 200-level language, a foreign language minor, or have a language other than English as your native language
- Any additional CORE experience
Compete one of the following final reflection projects in the last semester of your degree program and submit it to the Office of Career Development and Cooperative Education:
- Reflection paper (5 to 8 pages) or journal that synthesizes your global learning experiences and how GET will affect your engineering career
- An academic poster or a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation before a class, organization, or public forum (such as a conference) that emphasizes your global learning experiences
- A website with a minimum of 5 pages representing your global learning experiences
- Approved digital media, which can be a combination of video, photos, social media, etc.
Years of cooperative education provided by Speed School and employers
Number of Speed School students receiving on-the-job experience each semester
Number of employers participating in the Co-Op Program