Semester Away

The Arch Semester Away is an opportunity for you to pursue your passion, follow your dreams and make a difference, all while gaining valuable experience during the fall or spring semester of your junior year.

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Semester Away Options

You can take advantage of numerous co-curricular and experiential activities available off campus, including international experiencesinternshipsCo-opsresearch opportunities, and engagement in community service projects.

* Tuition: You do not have to pay tuition for your semester away.  The semester away is an opportunity to pursue internships, Co-ops, and collaborative research, as well as athletic, entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and community service activities. This is a good opportunity to earn money while gaining valuable professional experience.

Wherever your passion lies, we're here to help. On-campus resources include:

Co-op or Internship

Students seeking a Co-op or internship experience during their “away” semester will have the full resources of the Center for Career and Professional Development available to assist them in their search.

The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) is fantastic at helping you prepare a resume, practice interview skills, and find a job that suits you interests. Sign up for an appointment with a counselor! JobLink is our system for linking you to companies/opportunites and companies to you. Get signed up now and start your career early. 

Start a Company

Join the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. In I-Corps, you will gain valuable real-life experience relating to starting a business and building a market-ready product or service. You can obtain funding to help with an MVP, travel to an industry conference, or to fund local travel to meet with customers.

It will be competitive, so get started on the path early or take advantage of the many sources available:

  • Foundry-RPI - Rensselaer's weekly meetup of RPI entrepreneurs
  • Startup Tech Valley - Rensselaer's monthly meetup of the entrepreneurship community
  • Change the World Challenge - $25,000 in prizes awarded each year
  • Business Model Competition - $15,000 in prizes awarded each year, deadline to enter 3/31/17
  • I-Site - $80,000 of direct funding awarded for the best teams in Capital Region

To learn more about entrepreneurships, join our Google Group or the newly formed Slack channel.

 

International Opportunities

The Semester Away of the Arch provides students the opporunity to pursue international experiences including research, volunteer work or non-affiliated study abroad.

Affiliated exchange opportunities will remain an option during regular semesters.

Additional information can be found at the Office of International Programs website.

 

Medical Research Experience

Are you a pre-health student who wants medical research experience? Opportunities are available at Albany Medical School, Mt. Sinai and more for your semester away.

Program in Clinical Science and Translation
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY

This program, developed in collaboration between Rensselaer and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), aims to provide a semester long immersive experience to develop an understanding of clinical science and its translation to improve healthcare and/or its delivery. Students will learn to identify clinical problems in need of a solution and conduct customer interviews with clinicians, biomedical scientists, engineers, medical device companies and medical students. Results will be used for development of a prototype/concept at the Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC) at ISMMS working alongside clinicians, computer scientists and engineers. The program will involve regular presentations, select clinical rotation and opportunities to attend short professional courses/lectures at ISMMS and conduct biomedical research.

To apply for the program, interested students should send their current CV and a one page description of any previous experiences in conducting undergraduate research/design/programming to Brtinee Eskew. Advance inquiries and questions regarding the program should be sent to Professor Deepak Vashishth, Director, Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBISS).

Community Service
Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Visit our FAQ's.

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Student Testimonials

How Students Feel About Semester Away

The integration of knowledge and experience from different fields of study was a rewarding experience, and really increased my enthusiasm for how further education can improve my professional abilities. — John Romano, ‘17, Anaren Microwave

These past six months have truly been formative for me. — Steven Gustus ’18, General Dynamics Electric Boat

Rensselaer’s co-op provides flexibility and support throughout the co-op. I found the CCPD to be a huge help in terms of finding housing, and navigating.  The CCPD was also able to connect me to the Rensselaer Alumni Network. This further enriched my experience, as I was able to meet people of various occupations and backgrounds. — Lavin Hiranandani ’17, Deloitte, Ernst & Young

Going on co-op was one of the best decisions of my college career, and I am glad that The Arch program will promote that option. — Karen Balatzar ’17, Hasbro

After working on a problem and realizing which parts of it you do or do not know it becomes incredibly satisfying to learn something from a class that you know is immediately applicable.Sage Trudeau ’17, ELEC, MIT Lincoln Labs

I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this, but the experience was much more rewarding than I could have anticipated. I feel more prepared than ever for my life after Rensselaer, and I am grateful I had this opportunity. — Taylor Turner,’17, Moog Inc.

 

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Past Co-Op Offers

Below is a list of companies who have offered co-ops (2012 - 2015), organzied by major.

Aeronautical Engineering
  • American Airlines 
  • AngioDynamics 
  • Army Research Lab 
  • Boeing 
  • Bose Corp. 
  • Braunchweig 
  • BullEx 
  • BWX Technologies 
  • Cathay Pacific Airways 
  • Cessna Aircraft 
  • DLR 
  • Draper Laboratory 
  • DRS Technologies 
  • Edward C.Levy Co. 
  • GE Aviation 
  • Gen Dynamics-BathIronWorks 
  • General Dynamics 
  • Goodrich 
  • Gulfstream Aero 
  • Gurley Precision Instruments 
  • Hamilton Sundstrand 
  • Hasbro 
  • InDyne Inc. 
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory 
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory 
  • Moog 
  • NASA Johnson Space Center 
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center 
  • NASA Flight Research Center 
  • Naval Research Laboratory 
  • New York Power Authority 
  • ParadigmPrecision 
  • Pratt & Whitney 
  • Ruger Firearms 
  • Schick/Edgewell 
  • Sikorsky 
  • Simmons Corp. 
  • Slingshot 
  • Toyota 
  • UTC Aerospace 
  • WayPoint 
Architecture
  • Springwood Studios 
  • Dissing+Weitling 
  • Ecofibres
  • SHoP Architects
  • Skidmore Owings
  • National Institute OCS 
Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Boehringer
  • Dortmund University
  • Mote Marine Lab 
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals 
  • SyntheZyme 
Biomedical Engineering
  • BD Diagnostics 
  • BectonDickinson 
  • Bio2 Technologies 
  • Bose Corp. 
  • Boston Scientific 
  • Bristol Myers Squibb 
  • CNC Router Parts 
  • Covidien 
  • DePuy SynthesSpine 
  • Energizer/Playtex 
  • Ethicon 
  • Fenwal Inc. 
  • Genzyme 
  • GlaxoSmithKline 
  • Horizon Milling 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Merrimack Pharmaceuticals 
  • Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company 
  • MTF 
  • NASA Dryden Flight Research Center 
  • New England Biolabs 
  • Novartis Alcon 
  • Olympus 
  • Procter & Gamble 
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals 
  • Sanofi 
  • Schick (Edgewell) 
  • Schick/Energizer 
  • Stryker 
  • Stryker Orthopaedics 
  • TDC Medical 
  • Turk IP Law 
  • University of Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering 
  • UTC Aerospace 
  • VA Medical Center 
  • Vital Vio 
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine 
Business & Management
  • Bicycle World 
  • Cisco Systems 
  • CMA 
  • Disney Worldwide Services 
  • Ernst & Young LLP 
  • Hamilton Sundstrand 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • MioBox-EVE 
  • Raptor Ventures 
  • UTC Aerospace 
Chemical Engineering
  • AstraZeneca 
  • Bristol Myers Squibb 
  • Dow Chemical 
  • ExoonMobil 
  • Fidelity Investment 
  • GE Energy (Power) 
  • GE Global Res 
  • Genentech 
  • Global Tungsten & Powders Corp. 
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES 
  • Health Research 
  • MedImmune 
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme 
  • Momentive Perf Mat 
  • Nestle 
  • Orbital 
  • Plug Power 
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals 
  • Rockwell Automation 
  • SABIC Inc. Plastics 
  • Schick (Edgewell) 
  • Schick/Energizer 
  • Suneris 
  • Vicor Corp. 
  • W.L Gore and Associates 
Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Advanced Testing Laboratory 
  • Aspen Construction 
  • Atlantic Testing Laboratories 
  • Bechtel
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron 
  • ExxonMobil 
  • GE Global Research 
  • General Dynamics 
  • HDR 
  • Jones Contracting 
  • Lamont Engineers 
  • Langan Engineering 
  • MASS DOT 
  • Mueser-Rutledge Consulting 
  • Schnabel Foundation 
  • Skanska Construction 
  • Unilever
  • Wood Group Kernny 
  • WSP SELLS
Cognitive Science
  • Credit Suisse 
  • MIT CyberSecResch 
Computer and Systems Engineering
  • Amazon 
  • Apple 
  • Cisco Systems 
  • CMA 
  • E La Carte, Inc. 
  • FM Global 
  • GE Energy (Power) 
  • General Dynamics 
  • Google 
  • Harris Corp 
  • Hasbro 
  • IBM 
  • Intel 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Lifenets Foundation 
  • Microsoft 
  • Red Lion Controls 
  • Saab Sensis 
  • Sandia National Labs 
  • Siemens Corp Research 
  • SRI International 
  • UPS 
  • UTC Aerospace 
  • XL Group 
Computer Science
  • 3M 
  • Amazon 
  • Argonne National Lab 
  • Bank of America 
  • Basis Technology 
  • Black Technology 
  • Bloomberg 
  • Bosch Research 
  • Bose Corp. 
  • Carma Systems 
  • Cisco Systems Inc. 
  • Citigroup 
  • CMA 
  • eBay 
  • Epic Systems 
  • Etransmedia Technology 
  • Facebook 
  • FM Global 
  • Franz Inc. 
  • GarageSocial 
  • GE Global Research 
  • GE Intel Platforms 
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES 
  • GoDaddy 
  • Google 
  • Groupon 
  • IBM 
  • IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center 
  • Imagitis 
  • Intentional S/W 
  • Jawbone 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • King Kullen Grocery 
  • LinkedIn Corp. 
  • Lotsa Times 
  • Microsoft 
  • MiMedia 
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory 
  • NASA MSFC 
  • NASA/Kennedy Space Center 
  • National Instruments 
  • Ocean Peace Inc. 
  • Oceania Leadership 
  • Onshape 
  • Open Source RF 
  • Oracle 
  • Palantir Technologies 
  • Performance Software 
  • Philips 
  • Pitney Bowes 
  • Qatar Foundation 
  • Quixey 
  • Raytheon 
  • Samsung 
  • Sentimetrix 
  • TripAdvisor 
  • University of New Mexico 
  • UTC Aerospace 
  • Vertica 
  • Yahoo Research 
  • Yelp 
Design, Innovation, and Society
  • Allen Medical 
  • Apple 
  • Burton Snowboards 
  • Disney Worldwide Services 
  • Disneyland Resort 
  • Energizer/Playtex 
  • Facebook 
  • Hasbro 
  • Hyper Island 
  • IBM 
  • L’Oreal USA 
  • Palantir Technology 
  • Schick/Energizer 
  • Tokyo Electron Ltd. 
Economics
  • Cato Institute 
  • Hoover Institute at Stanford University 
Electrical Engineering
  • ABB 
  • Advanced Energy 
  • Agilent 
  • Alpha 
  • Amazon 
  • American Airlines 
  • AMS-TAOS 
  • Apple 
  • Applied Materials 
  • Arkyd Astronautics 
  • Ashcroft, Inc. 
  • Basis Technology 
  • Boeing 
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb 
  • Broadcom Corp. 
  • CDM 
  • Cisco Systems Inc. 
  • CPI 
  • Cummins Inc. 
  • Eppendorf 
  • GE Energy 
  • GE Energy (Power) 
  • GE Global Research 
  • GE Hitachi 
  • GE Oil & Gas 
  • General Dynamics 
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES 
  • Halliburton 
  • Harman International 
  • Hasbro 
  • Honda 
  • IMB 
  • Intel 
  • ISO 
  • Microsoft 
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory 
  • Moody’s 
  • Motorola Solutions 
  • Nanolab Technologies 
  • National Instruments 
  • NY ISO 
  • OATI 
  • Palantir Technologies 
  • Parrot SA 
  • Philips Color 
  • Philips Lighting 
  • Pratt & Whitney 
  • Qualcomm 
  • RFMD 
  • RxAdvance 
  • Schick (Edgewell) 
  • Siemens Corp Research 
  • SRI International 
  • Topos Mondial 
  • University of Erlangen-Nuremberg 
  • UTC Aerospace 
  • Veterans Affair Medical Center 
  • Viking Global Investors 
  • Vital Vio 
  • Western Digital 
  • XL Group 
Electronic Arts and Electronic Media, Arts and Communication
  • Hasbro 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • School of Art Institute of Chicago
  • The New School for Social Research
  • UTC Aerospace 
  • Viacom 
  • Xigo 
  • XL Group 
Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences
  • Agora Games 
  • Ayco Company 
  • Cisco Systems 
  • First Playable Production 
  • MiMedia 
Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Apple 
  • Bristol Myers Squibb 
  • CBYE 
  • Cherry Aerospace 
  • Corning Inc. 
  • Cypress 
  • Deutsche Bank 
  • Disney Worldwide Services 
  • Ernst & Young LLP 
  • GE Apparatus 
  • GE Consumer and Industrial 
  • GE Energy 
  • GE Energy (Power) 
  • GE Healthcare 
  • Hamilton Sundstrand 
  • Hasbro 
  • Horizon Milling 
  • IBM 
  • Keurig Green Mountain 
  • Kimberly-Clark 
  • Magellan Aerospace 
  • Marathon Oil 
  • NASA Glenn Research Center 
  • PepsiCo 
  • Philips 
  • SABIC Inc. Plastics 
  • Sappi Fine Paper 
  • Schick (Edgewell) 
  • Spacex 
  • The Hartford 
  • TRUMPF 
  • UTC Aerospace 
  • ZS Associates 
Information Technology and Web Science
  • American International Group 
  • Blackbaud 
  • Boeing 
  • Cisco Systems 
  • CMA 
  • Data Communique 
  • Ericsson 
  • EZ Tees 
  • FM Global 
  • Ford Motor 
  • Fox Group 
  • Google 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • Marathon Petroleum 
  • MTA Metro-North Railroad 
  • XL Group 
Mathematics
  • Amazon 
  • Bristol Myers Squibb 
  • Cisco Systems Inc. 
  • CMA 
  • Cortical Metrics 
  • IBM 
  • ING 
  • Janssen R&D 
  • Johnson & Johnson 
  • LMI 
  • Mitsubishi 
  • National Hockey League 
  • S&P Capital IQ 
  • Snap-on-Tools 
  • Susquehanna International 
  • UTC Aerospace 
Mechanical Engineering
  • Advance Testing 
  • Allen Medical 
  • Alstom 
  • American Airlines 
  • Amphenol Corp. 
  • AngioDynamics 
  • Apple 
  • Ashcroft, Inc. 
  • Atlantic Testing 
  • BD Diagnostics 
  • BectonDickinson 
  • Blackstone Group 
  • Boeing 
  • BorgWarner 
  • Bose Corp. 
  • Cognex 
  • Disney Worldwide Services 
  • DRS Technologies 
  • Dupont 
  • Emerson Climate Technology 
  • Emerson Motors 
  • Energizer/Playtex 
  • Ethicon 
  • ExxonMobil 
  • Fairchild Semiconductors 
  • GE Aviation 
  • GE Energy 
  • GE Energy (Power) 
  • GE Global Research 
  • GE Oil & Gas 
  • GE Transportation 
  • General Dynamics 
  • General Dynamics Bath Iron Works 
  • Global Steering Systems 
  • Goodyear 
  • Hamilton Sundstrand 
  • Harvard Apparatus 
  • Hasbro 
  • Honda 
  • Husky Injection Molding Systems 
  • Hypertherm 
  • IBM 
  • Institute of Microelectronics 
  • Intel 
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
  • JMA Wireless 
  • Karl StorzEndoskope 
  • Keurig Green Mountain 
  • Mainstream Engineering 
  • Marquardt 
  • Mechanical Solutions 
  • MIT Lincoln Lab 
  • Mohawk Solutions 
  • Moog 
  • Motorola Solutions 
  • Nanda Home 
  • Navilyst 
  • NAVSEA 
  • NREL 
  • Paper Battery Co. 
  • ParadigmPrecision 
  • PepsiCo 
  • Philips 
  • Pratt & Whitney 
  • Precision Valve 
  • Schick (Edgewell) 
  • Schick/Energizer 
  • Sikorsky 
  • Snap-on-Tools 
  • Spacex 
  • Stryker Orthopaedics 
  • Symbiotic 
  • Syracuse University 
  • Taylor Boswell 
  • Tesla Motors 
  • Timken Co. 
  • UTC Aerospace 
  • Vapotherm 
  • Vicor Corp. 
  • Volvo 
  • Wind Solutions 
  • XOS 
Nuclear Engineering
  • Army Research Laboratory
  • CardioMag 
  • GE Energy (Power) 
  • GE Hitachi 
  • General Dynamics 
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Schick (Edgewell) 
  • Southern Nuclear 
Physics
  • Hewlett-Packard 
  • IBM 
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory 
  • Novellus System 
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
  • Philips 
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Physics Department 
  • Temple University 
  • UTC Aerospace 
  • Vistaprint 
Science and Technology Studies (M.S., Ph.D)
  • Cornell University 
  • New York Senate Graduate Program 
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Science Technology & Society Department 
  • Skidmore College 
  • School of Management