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The Summer Arch

The Summer Arch prepares students to meet the multifaceted challenge of the 21st century. The Summer Arch will augment academic and experiential learning programs, and providing even more robust-and transformative-educational experience for undergraduate students.

To make our undergraduate educational experience even more robust and transformative, we are freeing it from the traditional academic calendar. In 2017, Rensselaer will launch the Summer Arch. During the Summer Arch, students will remain on campus for the summer after their sophomore year, taking junior-level classes, and receive focused attention from professors at this pivotal point in their academic progression.

Students will leave the Troy campus for a semester during the traditional junior year—either fall or spring—to pursue their passions in the form of co-ops, internships, community service, research, or international experiences. Students who pursue these opportunities during their academic career will be better prepared for future professional careers and graduate school.

Whatever students decide to do during the Summer Arch—join a multinational corporation, launch a start-up, work in a health care clinic, or help NASA to land humans on Mars—the experience will broaden and deepen their knowledge, and build leadership skills.

Additional information regarding academics and student activities with Summer Arch can be found at the Office of the Provost.

Pilot Programs

In 2017, Rensselaer will launch the first of two pilots of the Summer Arch. Rising juniors (members of the Class of 2019) from the School of Engineering and the Lally School will have the opportunity to stay on campus and participate in the Summer Arch.

In 2018, Rensselaer will launch the second pilot, and rising juniors (members of the Class of 2020) enrolled in all schools will have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Arch.

The ultimate launch will take place in 2019 and will include all members of the Class of 2021.

For detailed information, please visit the Office of the Provost website at http://provost.rpi.edu/summer-arch

Summer Arch Semester Away (SASA)

During the fall or spring semester of their junior year, students will take part in an intellectual adventure unconstrained by a classroom schedule. Students can take advantage of transformative experiences available off campus, including international
travel, internships, co-ops, research opportunities, pursuit of an entrepreneurial idea, and engagement in community service projects.

International Travel
International experiences are an integral part of a well-rounded undergraduate program. Rensselaer provides semester-long
study abroad and short-term faculty-led international programs.

Experiential Learning
Internships, co-ops, and research positions are a vital component of the Rensselaer experience. These programs provide
students the opportunity to explore their fields of study in-depth, develop on-the-job skills, grow personally, establish professional contacts, and even offset college expenses. Students who participate in co-ops and nternships are better prepared for full-time job opportunities.

Summer Arch & the CCPD

Students seeking a co-op or internship experience during their SASA will have resources at the CCPD available to assist them in their search. While the timing of your SASA search may be different than your typical summer internship search, the skills and strategies used to find each opportunity will be the same. You may find that employers will post opportunities a semester before they are able to hire. Please note that while an internship or co-op experience may be your first choice for an approved SASA semester pursuit, the CCPD cannot guarantee placement at an employer.


In collaboration with academic departments, employers, and alumni, the CCPD offers workshops focused on preparing students for the semester away and, ultimately, a career or graduate school. A series of “career ready” programs and panels will be offered to Summer Arch students to provide in-depth knowledge about career fi elds, develop career management skills (e.g. resume writing, interview preparation), and facilitate networking with alumni and industry partners.

Career Fairs:

  • NSBE/SHPE Fall Career Fair on Friday September 30th and Saturday October 1st. Visit their website at http://rpicareerfair.org/ to register and view the list of employers attending.
  • CCPD Spring Career Fair will be held on Wednesday February 8th, 2017. Employers attending will be available in JobLink in January.

JobLink: JobLink is the CCPD’s online recruiting and job posting system. All opportunities received by the CCPD are posted in JobLink for summer, co-op and full-time job seekers. Through JobLink you can participate in on-campus interviews; view and apply for open jobs; and post your resume in JobLink to be included in the CCPD’s online Resume Books.  

Helpful Handouts: Navigating JobLink and FAQ's About JobLink

CareerShift: Located on the right hand side of your JobLink Dashboard, CareerShift is a webcrawler that searches against job posting sites and employer career websites.

GoinGlobal: GoinGlobal provides country-specific career and employment information, including world-wide internship and job postings, H1B employer listings and career resources for 30 countries. Log in with your RCS ID.

Vault: Coming Soon

Employer Information Sessions and Recruiting Events: The CCPD host numerous opportunities for students to speak directly to employers and learn about their company, hiring needs and application process. A full list of events are listed on the JobLink Calendar of Events.

Who Hires Our Students? Lists by Major Below
Full Time Employers Co-op Employers

Be sure to make an appointment with a counselor to discuss strategies for a successful search!

Summer Arch & Employers

The Employers Guide to Summer Arch handout includes may FAQ's about recruiting, student timeline and co-op. You can continue to post all of your opportunities on JobLink. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email the CCPD or call us at 518-276-6234.

CCPD & Faculty and Staff

Thank you for your assistance in making employer connections and providing contact resources to help increase our "away" semester opportunities for students.  Please fill out the Summer Arch Leads Form and include any pertinent information in the notes section.

In the "notes" section, the following information will be extremely helpful to include if it is available:

  • How they are connected to the contact (e.g., former colleague or student; relative; referral) 
  • Position specifics, such as
    • GPA requirement
    • Majors recruited
    • Location(s) of positions
    • Type of role:  FT, PT, semester only, summer
  • Deadlines and timelines provided by contact
  • Hiring projections given
  • Interest in partnering on programming, information sessions, career fairs, and other recruiting activities

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