Engineering Mentoring for Internship Excellence (EMIX)

The Engineering Mentoring for Internship Excellence (EMIX) program is a collaborative effort of the Penn State College of Engineering Career Resources and Employer Relations Office and the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion. It was created in an effort to provide additional opportunities to corporate partners in hiring underrepresented and women engineering students. This internship development program is designed to prepare 20 (or more) underrepresented and women engineering student interns for the science and technology industry.

At the end of this training, all students will be prepared to enter assigned internships June-August and will receive official internship or cooperative education credit for this effort. This process will be implemented in the following phases: student recruitment; academic and professional development; field trip to sponsoring corporate site; and internship assignment. Sponsoring corporations will provide information for the selection process, welcome students and provide a tour of the corporate facility, and will pay a competitive wage to summer interns. Each corporation may choose to fund the number of students desired, preferably three or more, as we have found that students are more successful when they are positioned to form group support systems. Students will be invited to apply as positions become available.


September: EMIX Corporate Sponsorship deadline

October: EMIX Intern Candidate Interviews conducted at University Park

November: EMIX Intern Selection and Notification

January: EMIX Orientation; Selected interns will participate in a 2-hour business dinner meeting.

February–April: EMIX Professional Development workshops (one per week)

March/April: Corporate Site Visit for interns

April: EMIX Intern Professional Presentations. Corporate Sponsors encouraged to attend.

May/June–August: EMIX Internship at sponsor site



Founded to serve students from groups underrepresented in engineering, the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff with equity and inclusion engagement. The center leads the implementation of evidence-based best practices to support student belonging and degree attainment, while also encouraging involvement with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and organizations. All are welcome!

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287