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Career Development
Opportunities for Students

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Southwest Research Institute has become a leader in offering unique opportunities for students pursuing a career as engineers, scientists, or analyst focusing on scientific research and development. The Institute performs contract research for private and industrial firms, both foreign and domestic, and for federal, state, and local government agencies. The Student Employment Program helps solidify career decisions and offers both participants and the Institute staff an opportunity to evaluate potential for a full-time research career. Experience has demonstrated that successful participants are often invited to apply for a regular, full-time position.


Student employment opportunities at Southwest Research Institute are primarily for upper-division undergraduate or graduate students whose skills are applicable to current projects. Candidates must be enrolled in good standing on a minimum one- half time basis or, if employed in the summer program, must intend to enroll for the Fall semester at an accredited educational institution. To be competitive, applicants should have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 (a current transcript is required).

Employment Opportunities
for College Students

Full-Time Summer Employment

Each year the Institute hires a number of students for temporary, full-time summer employment. Applications for this program are accepted only during the Spring semester from undergraduate and graduate students nationwide. All candidates must be returning to school in the Fall. The screening and selection process for the Summer program runs between February and May of each year and reaches its peak around Spring break.

Cooperative Education Programs

Cooperative Education (Co-op), a partnership between a student and an employer offered by a number of colleges and universities, permits alternating school attendance and employment for specific periods of time. The Co-op combines education with experience that enhances the student's professional skills. Work assignments relate to the student's classroom studies and provide educational resources not available in the school environment.

Part-Time Employment During the School Year

Occasionally, temporary, part-time student positions become available during the school year. These positions are listed with placement offices at local colleges and universities as they occur, and applications are accepted by referral through those offices from students currently enrolled at least half-time.

Application Procedures

The student employment program and corresponding application process is completely independent from other Institute application processes. All correspondence should be directed to the Student Employment Coordinator. To obtain an application or additional information, contact: Student Employment Coordinator, Southwest Research Institute, Department OC, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.

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February 27, 2014