• Location DeKalb, IL
  • Nearest ELS Center St. Paul,MN

Opening its doors in 1895, NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution. The university is located in a small, friendly town outside of Chicago and enrolls more than 21,000 students from over 70 countries. NIU offers 56 fully accredited undergraduate majors and 100 graduate and doctoral level programs within seven colleges.

Learn more about University Programs That Provide Work Experience in the U.S.A Frequently Asked Questions

Key Major Future Job Possibilities Sample Internship and Co-Op Companies
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING Aerospace, Power Generation, Materials & Metals UTC Aerospace, GE Health, OMRON
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING Automotive, Biotechnology, Green & Sustainable Technologies John Deere, UPS, Caterpillar
INDUSTRIAL & SYSTEMS ENGINEERING Utilities, Robotics & Automation, Transportation Navistar, Woodward, ComEd

U.S. News & World Report named Northern Illinois University:

• Among top 50 for Undergraduate Engineering Program
• Among Top 125 for Public Schools
• Among top 200 for National Universities
• In Washington Monthly’s 2014 National Universities Rankings, NIU ranks in the top 200 universities in the following categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), Service (encouraging students to give something back to their community)



Services for Students and Alumni:
• Individual career planning and counseling
• Internship and job search assistance
• Victor eRecruiting job search program
• On-campus interviews with over 150 employers
• Career, internship, and educators’ fairs
• Résumé and cover letter consultation
• Practice interviews
• Credential services for education students and alumni
• Graduate and professional school application assistance

Career Counseling:
• Address plans for career success
• Identify career interests and clarify goals
• Overcome obstacles to career development
• Take career tests to assist with academic decision making

Specialized Career Workshops:
• Résumé Writing
• Interviewing
• Networking
• Job Searching
• Business Dining Etiquette
• Career Decision Making
• Careers for Specific Majors


Although internships and co-ops are not a graduation requirement, all students are greatly encouraged to participate in as many internships as possible. The requirements and expectations for the internships are developed by the company and the student, hence there are no academic requirements for NIU College of Engineering & Engineering Technology (CEET) internships.

Housing Location Type Offers Scholarships Degrees Offered
Available for Undergraduate and Graduate Rural Yes Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Public/Private Institution Type Student Body Student Population
Public Doctorate-Granting University Co-educational 16234 (Total) 800 (International)

Please Note:While you will build your resume and gain many professional skills during your co-op or internship, participating in a co-op or internship does not guarantee employment. Sample companies and future job possibilities are intended to highlight possible outcomes.