Skip to main content

Co-op Program

in this section

Cornell University’s Engineering Cooperative Education program is founded in the College of Engineering’s vision to “prepare our undergraduate students for lifelong creation of knowledge and solutions to complex real-world problems.” Cornell University’s Engineering Co-op program provides an educational opportunity that integrates a student's academic and career interests with paid, productive work experience at cooperating organizations throughout the world. During this experience, students convert theory into practice as they apply classroom knowledge to practical work situations, as well as gain knowledge and skills, which will enhance future coursework. In addition, the program offers students the opportunity to clarify their academic focus and test their career interests and goals.

For more information, read our Student Experiences page.

How Students Qualify

Students typically apply for Co-op positions during sophomore year in order to work during junior year. Students must have junior status, prior to the first work term. A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better and a declared major by the end of sophomore year are required to participate.

How Students Get Started

Two Information Meetings are scheduled early in the fall semester each year for students to receive information about Co-op, ask questions, and indicate interest in participating. In-depth information about participation in the program is discussed at the meeting, and in order to qualify for participation in the Co-op Program, attendance to ONE of these meetings is mandatory.

Engineering Sophomores, Arts & Sciences Sophomores in Computer Science, and CALS Sophomores in Biological and Environmental Engineering, are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Co-op Information Meetings.

Co-op Information Meetings for the 2016-2017 academic year were offered in September, 2015.

The formal registration and recruiting processes for the 2015-2016 academic year have been completed. Students that wish to participate in Co-op this academic year must make an appointment with an Advisor in Engineering Career Services to discuss entering the Co-op Program at this time.

For further information about Co-op, please browse this website.