Externship Program

Patrick Miner, M.Eng 10

Patrick Miner, M.Eng. ’10, did his externship at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., in New York City. He is pictured at left with Jim Triano, WJE unit manager and principal.

ex•tern•ship

noun \ˈek-ˌstərn-ˌship\
A training program that is part of a course of study of an educational institution and is taken in private business.
Source: Merriam-Webster Online

The externship component of the M.Eng. in structural engineering program offers students a glimpse of their professional possibilities after graduation. This real-world, real-work opportunity allows them to experience structural engineering in a way that both reinforces their education and informs their career goals.

Externships take place during breaks between the summer session and fall semester and the fall and spring semesters. Students spend a few days working at a sponsor’s firm, which tailors the student’s agenda around the needs and activities of its business. Typical externship activities include:

DeSimone, Rich LaFredo, M.Eng. '10 and Kyle Terry, M.Eng. '10

While externing at DeSimone, Rich LaFredo, M.Eng. ’10 and Kyle Terry, M.Eng. ’10 observed reinforcing steel placement at a high-rise building under construction in New York City.

  • Shadowing engineers
  • Performing calculations
  • Reviewing drawings
  • Visiting job sites
  • Investigating structural problems
  • Studying the company culture

While the primary purpose of the program is to enrich the students’ education, these externships benefit our sponsors and future graduates alike. The “on the job” visit allows sponsoring firms to showcase their company to prospective applicants from Lehigh, while students get to interact with a potential employer in a lower-stress environment than they would experience in a traditional interview setting.

Companies that have sponsored the M.Eng. externship program include:

View of the exterior of the structure observed by Rich LaFredo and Kyle Terry during their externship at DeSimone.

View of the exterior of the structure observed by Rich LaFredo and Kyle Terry during their externship at DeSimone.