Industrial Immersion

Skoltech aspires to become an internationally competitive institute in accelerating scientific and technological capital into innovation impact. This is achieved by educating graduate students to be leaders in translating knowledge from science to innovation and by establishing a community among Russian and international talent and industry.

It is crucial that students have real hands-on work experience in an industrial sector and develop the knowledge and skills for making an impact through engineering and innovation. All Masters’ students are required to participate in at least 1 professional project (6 ECTS minimum) during their two-year program. However, normally, professional projects last 8 weeks (12 ECTS). Typically students work on professional projects during the summer term of the first year of studies.

Professional project implies working in a company/organization, not in a laboratory in an educational institution. Students not only apply and expand their technical knowledge and skills and gain expertise, but also learn about the business context of the sector and particular enterprise: its culture, stakeholders, strategy and its operations and technical products and systems of the company.

There are 2 types of professional projects: industrial immersion and internships.

Industrial immersion.

Key features:

  • Skoltech station is like a small engineering consulting company within an organization. 3-10 students attend each station as a team;
  • Duration – 8 weeks (full-time), 12 ECTS; graded as Pass/Fail. Credits awarded are Sector credits in the degree requirements.
  • Work is highly organized and planned, objectives are clearly defined;
  • Station is supervised by a Station Manager who is on site significant amount of time with the students. The Station Manager is a faculty, researcher, Postdoc working at Skoltech or affiliated with Skoltech. He/she is responsible for setting up a project with the company, leading and guiding students through the project and assessing students’ work. Students take the lead to define the tasks in details and organize their work;
  • Projects focus on short-term development, manufacturing or operations challenges rather than long-term research problems;
  • Students take the lead to define the tasks in details and organize their work; projects focus on short-term development, manufacturing or operations challenges rather than long-term research problems;
  • Results stay inside the host company;
  • Designed for high output and impact in parallel with a great learning experience.

Descriptions of proposed Industrial immersion projects are made available by Education office in advance. Students are selected on a competitive basis with company involvement.

Internships

Key features:

  • Students can work individually or in small groups up to 5 people
  • Project at the company is clearly defined and designed in advance (objectives of the project and its focus);
  • Student’s academic advisor monitors student’s progress towards achieving learning outcomes;
  • Internship takes place within a company (physically) as an essential part of the experience of working within a team and learning about the enterprise and its operations;
  • Student prepares a report on results accomplished for credits to be awarded;
  • Duration: minimum – 4 weeks full-time (6 ECTS), normally (and maximum) – 8 weeks (12 ECTS), Credits awarded are Sector credits in the degree requirements.

Please check out the videos about Professional projects.