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Undergraduate Leadership and Hands-on Opportunities

Open Source Lab

When you graduate from Oregon State, we want you be work-ready and leadership-ready. Seek out the experiences that match your interests and grow your skills. Positions in EECS will allow you work closely with our faculty, staff, and graduate students. There are a variety team and community opportunities that will give you hands-on experience in areas such as mentoring, product development, research, and curriculum development.

School of EECS Opportunities

CreateIT Collaboratory

Student interns are hired in small teams to work for the CreateIT Collaboratory on a specific project with a client such as Tektronix, Texas Instruments and the Utah Ballroom Dance Company. Using hands-on real projects, select groups of students take radical ideas from industry and research and develop them to prototypes. The Collaboratory creates work-ready graduates who can successfully work on a team to create new products.

Contact: Don Heer

Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS)

CASS provides software development, testing and hosting solutions to clients while giving students hands-on industry experience. Students are given the opportunity and guidance to work with real-world clients and to see projects from start to finish.

Open Source Lab

The Open Source Lab (OSL) is an organization working for the advancement of open source technologies. The lab provides hosting for more than 160 projects, including those of worldwide leaders like the Apache Software Foundation, the Linux Foundation and Drupal. Student employees work as developers and systems administrators. Check the OSL employment page for paid internships.

Contact: Lance Albertson, Open Source Lab Director

Software Development Group

The Software Development Group employs teams of students led by experienced senior software engineers focus on delivering professional results for customers.

Contact: Carrie Hertel, Software Development Group / Testing Lab Director

IoT Test & Compatibility Lab

The IoT (Internet of Things) Test & Compatibility Lab was created to assist members in ensuring that their IoT products are in compliance with one or more of the target evolving Industry Standard IoT Protocols while also providing our students with significant hands on experience in IoT technologies.

Contact: Bob Miller, Assistant Director, Center for Applied Systems & Software

Peer Leaders

The peer leaders are a group of upperclassmen who have excelled in previous coursework and now use their past knowledge to help new students get through the material. Read more about the peer leaders.

Contact: Matt Shuman

Peer Mentors

The peer mentors are current EECS undergraduate students who are ready to assist with registration issues and help their fellow students make the most of academic coursework and opportunities. Some responsibilities include:

  • Providing peer support to EECS students
  • Assisting with tours, START orientations and events
  • Help students discover resources to balance academics and other responsibilities

Contact: Lizbeth Marquez or Calvin Hughes

TekBot Development Team

This year-long internship opportunity is set in an industry-like environment, giving students the ability to develop TekBot hardware for actual production. Interns interface with industry partners while also developing the materials used in EECS classes, allowing them to make a difference in how and what others learn in the school.

Contact: Don Heer

Other Opportunities

College of Engineering Ambassadors

Students of all engineering majors serve as ambassadors for the College to encourage new students to consider engineering, and help current students be successful.

Student Clubs

Several student clubs offer excellent leadership and hands-on experiences where students can learn new skills, make an impact through humanitarian projects, and participate in national and international competitions. Student chapters of national organizations such as IEEE and Engineers Without Borders provide excellent opportunities for networking on campus and beyond.

College of Engineering Leadership Academy

The Academy is an innovative new program developed and delivered with the involvement and support of key industry partners. The Academy accelerates engineering students' development as EP2IC leaders; increasing graduates' competitiveness for employment and success as early career professionals.

Contact: Scott Paja, Director