Engineering, 3-2

Engaged 3-2 Engineering

Engaged 3-2 Engineering takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for 3-2 engineering majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways 3-2 Engineering Majors Rise


  • Design and test introductory lessons on 3D printing (Oberlin’s Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching)
  • Monitor wastewater treatment by the Living Machine at Oberlin’s Adam J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
  • Design, implement, and maintain a system that monitors a building’s energy usage (Environmental Studies Program)
  • Mutagenesis study of the molecular motor of muscle (myosin) and the protein interactions that tune it


  • Medtronic, Washington, DC
  • National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico
  • Marketing and events intern, Council of Urban Professionals, New York City
  • Mathematics Research Experience for Undergraduates, Columbia University, New York City
  • Software engineering intern, Google, California
  • Environmental underwriting intern, AIG, Houston
  • Environmental intern, L’Oréal, New York City
  • Design intern, Panafold, San Francisco
  • Capital markets summer analyst, Castle Oaks Securities, LP, New York City
  • Marketing and events intern, Council of Urban Professionals
  • Living Machine student coordinator, Oberlin College
  • Operator intern, Water Environment Protection Facility, Washington

Study Away

  • Tel Aviv University for Overseas Students, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Associated Colleges in China, Beijing
  • Intensive engineering course at Washington University, January term
  • Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, King’s College London
  • Yale-NUS College in Singapore

Experiential Learning

  • Student design and construction of energy-efficient housing in Bali, Indonesia
  • Working in a local bike mechanic shop, working in a local car mechanic shop

First Destinations of Recent 3-2 Engineering Majors

Between 1999 and 2019, 74 Oberlin students transitioned to engineering studies through the program: 8 to Caltech, 26 to Washington University, 34 to Columbia University, 1 to Case Western Reserve University, and 5 to non-partners (such as Illinois Institute of Technology, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University of Southern California)

  • Positions:
    • Programmer/analyst at Haines & Company in Cleveland
    • Software engineer at Google in California
    • Project engineer at Emerson in St. Louis
    • Project engineer at Natural Systems Utilities in New Jersey
    • Infrastructure resilience and outreach coordinator in Boulder, Colo.
    • Structural engineer at ARUP in San Francisco
    • Research analyst at Industrial Economics in Cambridge, Mass.
    • Mechanical engineer at Raytheon