While not part of the core (mandatory) BCT curriculum, we are strongly encouraging students to pursue an internship and possibly a co-op with a field-related company at some point during their studies. Internships are typically scheduled for the entirety of a student’s final summer at UMass (before Senior year) and co-ops (or study abroad semesters) are best scheduled during Junior year. Such experiences are a great resume-builder and often lead to permanent jobs with the employing companies. The following options can be pursued:
- A summer “internship” job: You can simply work (typically for pay) at a relevant company. This does not provide you with credit (or a mention on your transcript), but gives you excellent work experience. As a result, there are no additional costs associated with this option. Make sure you mention this employment on your CV, though.
- A credited internship: You can set up your (typically paid) summer (or winter) job as a formal internship if you follow the instructions on this Career Services page. Going this route allows you to have the internship mentioned on your transcript (as BCT 398 or 498). You will also get credit for the internship (from 1-14 credits with one credit per week of 40-hour work). Because this happens outside of the regular semester, you will, however, need to pay for the credits through our continuing education system. Faculty sponsors will also set up academic requirements that you need to fulfill and the quality of the internship must be approved by them.
- A co-op: This consists of a full-semester (plus summer, if desired) placement at a relevant company and can be extended up to a total of nine months. BCT’s curriculum requirements can typically be rearranged to accommodate such a semester co-op, especially if you started as a freshman or transferred into BCT in your Sophomore year. You can find more information about co-ops on this Career Services page.
For all of these options it is best if you first pursued the job opportunity (e.g. at our career fairs) and then approached your advisor. However, feel free to contact your BCT advisor to discuss all options and avenues to find job opportunities. We also have many resources listed on our Careers & Employers page.
CNS Internships Survey
BCT Internships Blog
We encourage BCT students to report on their internships/practicums/jobs with various BCT-related companies on our Internships Blog. This is done in the hope that it will be useful for all of our students to see what their fellow students are doing and what the “real construction world” looks like. The blog can be accessed by anyone with a UMass account via the following link (i.e. you may need to log in using your NetID):