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Internship information for students

School of Engineering students can participate in paid summer internships with faculty, high tech companies, engineering firms, national labs, and state agencies.

Internships are available through the UNM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) program. Here are just some of the activities pursued by students on internships:

  • Research on nuclear energy distribution between fission fragments at UNM

  • Researching known high capacity battery materials at UNM

  • Research on energy harvesting of ambient radio frequency waves with a local tech company

  • Conducting research in low-energy desalination using electronic fields with Los Alamos National Laboratory
Developing and executing experiments using chemical and biophysical techniques including protein purification and spectroscopic techniques to characterize protein structure at UNM

  • Developing high gain, circularly polarized, wide band antennas with COSMIAC Research Facility

The program involves mentoring by faculty so that faculty and students get to know each other, build stronger relationships and help strengthen ties to majors and departments.

The program also includes paid attendance at conferences so students can present their current activities or research performed in their internship.

For more information on participating in STEP, contact STEP Coordinator Kelly Cockrell, (505) 277-7208 or at kellycockrell@unm.edu.

Eligibility Requirements for the Program

Be a U.S. citizen, national, refugee or permanent resident alien

  • Be admitted to the School of Engineering

  • Demonstrate academic ability and not be on academic probation
Be enrolled full-time at UNM at the time of application

Course Requirements:

Mechanical Engineering

ME 318L: Mechanical Engineering Lab: Must be taking in the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year (AY). 

Chemical & Biological Engineering

ChNE 302: Chemical Engineering Thermo (for Chem E’s) 
ChNE 231: Prin of Nuclear Engineering (for Nucl E’s) 

Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE 213: Circuit Analysis II 
Math 316: Applied Ord Differential Equations 

Computer Science

CS 261: Math Foundations of CS

Civil Engineering & Construction Engineering

Math 162: Calculus I 
Math 163: Calculus II 
Phys 160: General Physics 
CS 151L: Comp Prog Fund/Lab 
Chem 121L: General Chem/Lab 
Chem 123L: General Chem/Lab 
CE 160L: Civil Engineering Design 


Five faculty members from each department in engineering and computer science engage in mentoring sessions — 3 one-hour sessions per semester.

These mentoring sessions allow faculty and students to get to know each other, build stronger relationships and help strengthen ties to majors and departments.

Students are matched to faculty members and other students in their department to make up groups called university families. Students are required to attend the mentoring sessions in order to be eligible for paid internships and conferences.

Two of the mentoring sessions are pizza parties with all the department mentoring groups (university families).


Part of the funds from the STEP grant pays up to $650 per STEP student to attend a conference. This is for a conference where you can present your current activities or research performed in your internship.

The conference must be related to the student's field of study. If the student did a summer internship, he or she must do some kind of presentation on their work, ie: a poster, a research paper or presentation.

 A “conference request form” must be filled out by the student to get approval for a conference.

Also, if the conference is not local, and the student anticipates they may exceed the $650 limit, the student must seek approval for extra support from their mentor or their mentor's organization.