Cooperative Education

Interested in learning more about how to co-op? These resources can help you navigate your search.

What is Co-op?

Cooperative Education is a form of experiential education that integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a work setting. The work is professional in nature and is designed to further the student's knowledge of, and skills in, the industry. The work is typically related to the student's course of study or future career goals.

Co-op Strategies

Co-op Opportunities

Why co-op?

  • According to the 2012 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the number of co-ops is expected to increase by 7.5% in 2012.

  • Recruiters will draw approximately 40% of their new college hires from their internship and co-op programs.

"This opportunity allowed me to observe engineering principles in an environment beyond the scope of the classroom. Instead of learning theory and calculations in a classroom setting, I was able to aquire knowledge in real world applications such a s understanding processes, configuring databases, and seeing how components in a system affect the sytem's integrity. Now it will be easier to relate theory from my studies to what it can be applied to in actuality." -Spring 2012 Co-op Participant

"I really enjoy the challenging work I have been given this semester. They believed in my abilities and continually tried to challenge me." -Spring 2012 Co-op Participant

"This co-op has impacted my learning in the classroom by giving it definition. I have a better understanding of how crunching numbers, communication, presentations and engineering correlates to the outside world. I have a clear direction to move in now." - Fall 2012 Co-op Participant

"The co-op program not only allowed me to get into industry, but it helped hone all of my skills and make me a more well-rounded and competent engineer. From problem solving and troubleshooting, to time managemnet. It also gave me a much better understanding of what I can do with my degree." - Fall 2012 Co-op Participant

What are the Co-op Requirements?

Helpful Resources:

Tell us about your Experience:

Go to and click on "Report Your Hire " located in the left panel.

Why do I Need to Report my Hire?

1. You will receive a notation on your transcript to identify the semester that you worked

2. Reporting ensures that you will retain your “full-time” student status and will not have to re-apply to the University

3. Reporting ensures that a Program Coordinator in the Career Center will contact you to schedule an enrollment meeting