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Team Internship Program

Do you need a team of top-notch interns to handle a project for your company over the summer? The Team Internship Program, or TIP, at the Jacobs School of Engineering can help. Each summer, multidisciplinary teams of students tackle real engineering problems at companies throughout the nation and the world. Each team completes a significant project over the course of 10 weeks. Projects often result in patents or prototypes for the team's corporate partner. During summer 2011, 236 students worked for 36 companies on 76 on-site teams, including four international teams. TIP is run through the Corporate Affiliates Program at the Jacobs School. Michael Hii, a fourth-year electrical engineering student, went to work for Qualcomm in Beijing as a summer 2011 TIP team member. He helped develop an augmented reality proof-of-concept app for Android phones. The experience encouraged Hii and his teammates to be independent, he said.

Exposure to a real work environment was a big perk for TIP participant Gregory Pinkel, who is earning a master's degree in electrical engineering at the Jacobs School. Pinkel worked on a flexible solar array TIP project at SAIC last summer with UC San Diego chemistry master's student Danny Chan. "I learned a lot of chemistry that would have been hard to learn otherwise, tips and tricks you can only get from people who are in the field," said Pinkel.

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"We wanted to share our adventure with everyone," said Dat Thanh Nguyen, a computer science major whose TIP team won the 2011 TIP photo contest for the (above) photo. Nguyen, Raymond Han and George Wu spent their summer in Liechtenstein designing a software app for Hilti, a global construction tool manufacturing company.


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