Juniors in the Engineering Studies program are encouraged to undertake internships with local businesses or public sector agencies. Students spend one day a week throughout the semester at the internships, for which they receive academic credit. The internships are arranged and supervised by faculty in the Engineering Studies program. The internships are intended to allow students to use the knowledge gained through coursework to help solve engineering management- or policy- related problems faced by the organization sponsoring the internship.

Problems addressed in internships have included development of a spreadsheet-based cost estimating system for a construction company, analysis of quality management procedures at a manufacturing firm, use of an intranet to facilitate training at an electrical utility, and introduction of an electronic data interchange system for purchasing at an industrial firm.

Internship sponsors have included the City of Easton, Air Products, Mallinckrodt Baker, Turner Construction, Victaulic, Spillman Farmer Architects, PPL, Wildlands Conservancy, Pentamation, Flowserv, and Lehigh Valley Hospital among others.

Special Study Abroad Opportunity

Junior Year at Oxford:

Engineering Studies majors with an excellent academic record have the opportunity to spend their junior year abroad at Oxford. Applications are made at the end of fall semester sophomore year. Contact your adviser if interested.

Sponsored Project

Economic Empowerment & Global Learning:

Working with partners in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans to rebuild the area as a sustainable community, including designing a green lifestyle center. Learn more about EEGLP

Recent Student Work

Resetting the Table in the Lehigh Valley:

Students in "EGRS 373: Technology and Nature" (Spring ’14) co-authored a book discussing ways to promote sustainable technologies for the sake of an ecologically healthy food system. Click here for a pdf copy.


Kristen Sanford Bernhardt, Ph.D.
Chair, Engineering Studies
(610) 330-5584