Knight Campus Master's Industrial Internship Program

Why it’s special:

In just over a year, you can gain:

  • 9-months work experience and a resume with something on it. (This year’s average, annualized salary is $57,100.)
  • A master’s degree.
  • A professional network.
  • More data about industry

Even if you think you want a Ph.D., this program allows you to gain insight into what the marketplace is looking for - allowing you to be more strategic in choosing research that will allow you to build a marketable skill set and develop the professional skills to make you more competitive.


The Master’s Industrial Internship Program combines concentrated lab and course work with a 9-month paid internship. Historically, 98% of students land internships and 90% of those are employed within three months of graduating. Program tracks include optics, semiconductors, polymers and molecular sensors.

Professional Development

While you need to know the science to be successful in a technical role, it’s your professional skills that allow you to succeed as a scientist – landing the roles you want and getting the pay you deserve. These skills include communication, leadership and the ability to problem-solve in a team-based industrial environment. We believe working well with other people is the key to success in all facets of industry – regardless of the sector.

Inclusion and Diversity

The pace of innovation in industry requires problem-solving to be done in teams. Research shows that inclusive and diverse teams have more creative solutions and are more successful. Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It happens outside a vacuum – when we can bring together our diverse backgrounds and talents to create something truly unique. We believe inclusion is the key to success and building it into our curriculum helps create a cohesive network of students ready to support each other as they embark on their professional careers.

Program Testimonial: Kara McDonough

Kara McDonough, a student in this year’s optics track, found applying theoretical concepts directly to lab projects helped keep her engaged during the summer labs and courses. Now, she is applying those same concepts at her internship at Ouster, a start-up focused on LiDAR technology for self-driving cars.