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The Gordon Institute Challenge Project is similar to a master’s thesis but a technical project completed in industry vs. an academic research-based thesis. Students who are employed will identify a project with their current employer. If you are not currently employed but have engineering work experience or are employed outside of the Boston area, The Gordon Institute may be able to help you secure an internship or other forms of employment to meet the academic Challenge Project requirements.

The Details

  • GIEL requirements take place over the course of one calendar year (September – August); additional Master of Science coursework can be pursued simultaneously or in subsequent years
  • Candidates retain their work responsibilities while participating in GIEL; however, some organizations do offer a reduced/adjusted schedule to accommodate GIEL participation and Challenge Project completion
  • During the fall and spring semesters, GIEL Candidates meet at Northeastern’s main campus twice per week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Occasionally special events will be held outside of the class schedule. Advanced notice will be given
  • During the summer semester, GIEL Candidates complete their Challenge Projects and make final presentations

The Benefits

  • At the end of the program, you’ll be a more confident, capable engineer with a broader skillset and a deeper understanding of your organization’s position in the market
  • You will deliver a completed Challenge Project of real value to your organization

Challenge Project Process

Current Employer

If you are currently employed in industry, GIEL can help you approach your employer about possible sponsorship for the program.

The Process

  • Meet with a GIEL representative to discuss your interest in the program
  • Determine whether you will pursue the standalone Gordon Fellowship (12-month duration) or a Master of Science degree (typically 12- to 24-month duration)
  • Work with GIEL during the application and Challenge Project identification process
  • Secure a mentor from your company to support you during the program

New Employer or Internship Position

If you are not currently employed in industry, GIEL may be able to help you secure an internship or other forms of employment opportunity to pursue in conjunction with the program.

While internships typically do not cover the tuition cost associated with your graduate program, they may provide an hourly wage or other compensation. They can also provide valuable experience in your field.

The Process

  • Meet with a GIEL representative to discuss your interests and goals
  • If opportunities arise that match your qualifications, attend interviews as desired
  • Determine whether you will pursue the standalone Gordon Fellowship (12-month duration) or a Master of Science degree (typically 12- to 24-month duration)
  • Work with GIEL during the application and Challenge Project identification process
  • Secure a mentor within your new organization to support you during the program
  • Work responsibilities and schedule should be negotiated directly with your employer