The MAES Intern Tournament is a competition emphasizing the value of participation in pre-professional experiences like internships, study abroad, and research experiences for undergraduates (REUs). The competition, organized as a student-driven lecture series, brings together recent interns to present on their pre-professional experience and serve as mentors to other students seeking advice on how to prepare and be selected for similar experiences.

This forum fosters a culture emphasizing the importance of pre-professional experiences in a student’s academic, personal, and professional development. The peer-to-peer format of the Intern Tournament also lends to the credibility of the message that pre-professional experiences, when combined with the traditional college education, can dramatically enhance an individual’s success in a STEM career.

Apple Technology Prizes for Tournament Champions!

1st Place: MacBook Air | 2nd Place: iPad Pro | 3rd Place: iPad 4 Mini

Electronic Submission Deadline: November 2, 2018


For Students

  • Allows students to have access to working individuals who can offer candid career advice and guidance
  • Develops soft skills that are critical for success within the global workplace
  • Exposes students to job opportunities they previously may have not considered
  • Mentors students on how to prepare and be selected for internships by learning from “experts”
  • Offers a credible source of information on individual employers

For Recruiters

  • Allows individuals to step beyond the role of a traditional recruiter and provide career advice
  • Provides a forum to assess potential hires that have participated in previous pre-professional experiences


Open to All SHPE and MAES Students


Must be 18 years of age or older by deadline


Must be enrolled as a full time student for the fall semester • Undergraduate students is twelve (12) credit hours • Graduate students is nine (9) credit hours • Students on internship/co-op must show proof of enrollment in the internship/co-op program • Students at community college must be enrolled in transferable majors to a four-year institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree


Must have a minimum GPA of 2.75/4.0


Must be pursuing a STEM degree at an accredited U.S. university or community college; medical sciences, nursing, and social sciences are not considered a STEM degree


Must be a MAES Student Member in good standing and registered in the MAES Membership System; or; must be a SHPE Student Member in good standing and registered in the SHPE Membership System

Pre-Professional Experience

Must have completed an internship, study abroad, or research experience within the last year (previous academic year, i.e. Fall/Spring/Summer semesters) and be able to present on work performed during the experience.

Presence / Attendance

Applicants selected as must present at the SHPE Conference, arriving by Wednesday night to support qualifier rounds on Thursday.


Thursday, November 8

  • 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM Qualifier Round 1
  • 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM Qualifier Round 2
  • 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM Qualifier Round 3
  • 3:00 PM – 4:45 PM Qualifier Round 4

Friday, November 9

  • 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM Finalist Round


  • Review “Key Questions” and “Core Beliefs” in this package
  • Submit completed package by email to by deadline with following components:
    • Application
    • Résumé
  • If selected, presenters must deliver a 15-minute oral presentation on Thursday at their scheduled time; please make travel arrangements accordingly.

Key Questions

If selected, each presenter must deliver an oral presentation that responds to three “key questions”.

  • Preparation: What skills and competencies enabled your selection for a pre-professional experience?
  • Execution: What types of projects and learning were you able to achieve through your participation in a pre-professional experience?
  • Development: How will your participation in a pre-professional experience support your long term career goals?

Your presentation will be scored according to how well you respond to these three key questions. In responding, you must address the core beliefs shown below.

Core Beliefs

Each presenter must address four “core beliefs” in their presentation as they respond to the three “key questions”. These core beliefs are foundational for any student seeking to participate in a pre-professional experience.

  • Academic Excellence: Students must prioritize their academic careers by maintaining a high GPA and participating in challenging class projects to showcase their knowledge and analytical skills.
  • Community Engagement: Students must utilize their knowledge and skills for the betterment of their community, their country, and all humankind.
  • Leadership Skill: Students must participate in extracurricular activities, especially organizations like MAES and SHPE, to develop the professional and interpersonal skills which will make them leaders.
  • Technical Innovation: Students must apply their technical and interpersonal skills to solve real-life technical challenges and fuel the country’s innovation engine.

Presentation Format & Scoring

Each presentation must be delivered in MS PowerPoint (.ppt, pptx) format; please do not use alternate formats. Internet access will not be available during the presentation.

If accepted, each presenter will deliver their oral presentation during the qualifier round on Thursday. Each presentation must last no more than 15 minutes; there will be 5 minutes for Q&A from the judges and audience.

Each presentation will be scored according to how well the “key questions” are addressed. Keep in mind the “core beliefs” must be addressed when responding to the key questions. The presentation that scores higher from each qualifier will advance to the final round on Friday. The Intern Tournament champion will be selected from those presenters that advance to the final found.

Publication Release

By submitting this application, the author grants to MAES the rights to publish, reprint, and offer the abstract portion of this application in whole or in part for reproduction and translation.

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain and transmit to MAES all requisite permissions to release information presented in the abstract.

All required documents must be sent via electronic mail to by November 2, 2018. No materials will be accepted by regular mail. No materials will be accepted if hand delivered. Notification of selection will be sent by November 4, 2018.

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