Welcome to VIP
On behalf of the Valley Industry Partnership for Cooperative Education (VIP) Program, I would like to thank you for visiting our website. The VIP Program is a unique partnership between leading valley companies and the University to provide internship opportunities for qualified students. Whether you are a potential intern or a company wanting to find out more about the opportunities this program offers for you, please access the links in the left column to learn more.
Valley Industry Partnership Director
Phone: (559) 278 - 3965
(559) 278 - 8240
Fax: (559) 278 - 6297
The Valley Industrial Partnership was formed as a cooperative effort between Fresno State and a number of local companies. The main goal of the program is to provide a richer, more well rounded, educational experience for engineering students. This is done by giving the students an opportunity to work in a real-world engineering environment.
This program is very similar to the internship programs that you find in other disciplines. Internship programs help to give students a more focused outlook on what the demands of the profession are in the "real" world. This complements the work that they do in the classroom by giving the classes a real context. They learn that the things being taught have real applications.
The program provides many benefits to the University:
- A better understanding of the requirements of local businesses.
- A better education for the students.
- Feedback from local industry members regarding the ability and quality of the students the University is producing.