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Co-op for Industry Partners

Co-op is an educational experience which integrates academic and career interests with industry experience. Students convert theory into practice, applying classroom knowledge to work situations, learning information and skills to enhance future coursework.

Cornell Engineering students are self-reliant, ready, confident in their abilities, and eager to learn. Employers who hire Co-ops gain more than outstanding apprentices-they have the opportunity to observe and groom prospective full-time employees.

Overview

  • 28 weeks or more of work includes a semester plus a summer.
  • Co-ops are paid work positions; students receive a transcript notation upon successful completion of the program.
  • Most Co-op students attend Co-op Summer Session.
  • Students typically complete their work terms as Juniors in the Fall semester and following Summer.
  • Students may complete the 28 week requirement with one employer or two different employers

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Co-op Program Overview [pdf]

Flexibility of Work Terms

  • Semester and Summer: some employers post positions with the expectation that students will work a semester and the following summer (ie: Fall 2020, returning Summer 2021).
  • Semester with Summer Optional: some employers post positions for just a semester (ie: Fall 2020) with the following summer (Summer 2021) being optional for the employer to invite the students to accept or decline.
  • Continuous 28 Weeks: some employers post positions that are a continuous 28 weeks of work (ie: Summer/Fall 2020) or (ie: Spring/Summer 2021).

Still Hiring Spring 2020 Co-ops?
Amazing Cornell Engineering students are seeking opportunities.
Please contact Julie at engr_coop@cornell.edu or 607-255-3512 to request a resume file.

Co-op recruiting is right around the corner!

This could be for the following co-op terms: Spring/Summer 2020, Summer/Fall 2020, and/or Fall 2020/Summer 2021.

Co-op students work full-time for one semester and one summer.  A unique feature of Cornell's Co-op program is that participating students are available for full-time opportunities after four years of study, a full year earlier than co-op students at most universities.  Co-op students, who are in the upper half of their class while majoring in an Engineering or Computer Science field, complete 28 weeks of work between two work terms.

Most students participating in the spring 2020 Co-op recruiting season will be available to begin Co-op work assignments for the fall 2020 term in late August.  The majority of students are seeking a fall work term, and notably Chemical Engineering, Material Science, and Biological engineering majors are usually only available for a fall, rather than spring work term, in addition to being available for the summer work term.

Three possible co-op job posting options:

  1. Semester and Summer: some employers post positions with the expectation that students will work a semester and the following summer (ie: Fall 2020, returning Summer 2021).
  2. Semester with Summer Optional: some employers post positions for just a semester (ie: Fall 2020) with the following summer (Summer 2021) being optional for the employer to invite the students to accept or decline.
  3. Continuous 28 Weeks: some employers post positions that are a continuous 28 weeks of work (ie: Summer/Fall 2020) or (ie: Spring/Summer 2021).

We will host Co-op Student/Employer Networking events in February.

  • February 5 at the Statler in the Terrace Restaurant following the Career Fair
  • February 12 also at the Terrace Restaurant
  • If you'd like to attend either of them, please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.

If you/your team will be coming to campus at another time in the spring and are interested in holding an information session, you can make arrangements with one of the Engineering student organizations

Most Co-op interviews take place in February. 

  • On-campus preferred Co-op interview dates are February 6 & 7; 13 & 14; 20 & 21; 27 & 28 (Thursdays and Fridays). 
  • You may begin reserving space for spring on-campus interviews now. Please complete an online Interview Request Form.
  • If you are unable to come to campus, or have a different time frame in mind, we will be happy to discuss how we can best meet your needs.

Planning Your Visit
The Statler Hotel offers special rates for Co-op employers recruiting on campus between February 5 and 12! The reduced rate for a traditional guest room is $170 per night. Employer partners wishing to reserve discounted rooms for this time period must place the reservation online and enter the special discount code: ENGFT020420

Other Accommodations

If a stay at The Statler is not part of your plans while you are at Cornell, or if you're just looking for other area accommodation/travel information, you can find additional information by clicking here.

We are honored to have the opportunity to host interviews for you, and we look forward to working with you to ensure that all of the planning details come together!

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...my Co-op assignment was probably the single most influential experience during my time at Cornell. Hands down, it was the best decision I've made for my education after deciding to come to Cornell in the first place.

— Anthony Sullivan '12, Materials Science