The Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program assists students in pursuing an optional program of work while studying in the College of Engineering. Students can find co-op positions independently or by using ECRC resources such as Engineering Careers, by Symplicity, a web-based recruiting system. A co-op search is the same as as any other job search—students apply to organizations and then may be invited to interview.
Students in the Co-op program are registered students at the University and will be enrolled in Engineering 400: Cooperative Education Engineering. The student’s co-op work semester(s) are entered on the transcript and becomes part of the student’s academic record. Co-op students do not receive credit – co-op is zero credit hours and you are not charged for credit hours, but will be charged a fee for enrollment. However, you are considered a full-time student, loans are deferred, email accounts remain open, etc.
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Typical Co-op Assignments
A typical co-op assignment is eight months (May through December or January through August) of hands-on engineering experience that will allow you to use the skills you have learned in the classroom and apply those skills to actual engineering projects; you are part of an engineering team! It may only delay your graduation one or two semesters, and you will find the experience to be a wonderful asset when you start looking for full-time employment.
Students may enroll as early as the second semester of their first year. In order to enroll, students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher. The co-op job duties must relate to the student’s major and students must work 30 to 40 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks. It is not available to students requiring CPT (please contact the ECRC for more details).
How to Register Your Co-op
Co-op students are registered by the ECRC for the terms they are working, including spring/summer. A co-op assignment will appear on your transcript and there is a registration fee each work term. You must be registered by the ECRC to be on an official co-op assignment. Please see documents below for additional information.