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Getting Started in Co-op

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.

Sophomore students in Engineering, Computer Science students in A&S, and Biological and Environmental Engineering students in CALS, must attend an information session* to learn about Co-op.

 

*Engineering Co-op Information Sessions are scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2018 at 4:30pm in 155 Olin Hall. Watch for more information here, and you should receive an invitation through Handshake in the weeks to come!

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Qualifications:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Declared major by end of Sophomore year
  • Junior status before first work term

How is Co-op Different from an Internship?

Usually internships are limited to 12 weeks or fewer, whereas Co-op involves paid work experience over a semester plus a summer. Because Co-op students complete 28 weeks or more, the work tends to be more substantive. Students tend to find added satisfaction in the more involved projects and learn more about the industry.

Employers appreciate Co-op's longer work terms because students are able to work on projects more independently after training. On a resume, the longer work terms reflect a higher level of responsibility and greater industry experience.

Why Co-op?

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Interested?

Engineering Co-op Information Sessions for the 2019-2020 academic year are scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2018 at 4:30pm in 155 Olin Hall. Watch for more information here, and you should receive an invitation through Handshake in the weeks to come!

 

If you qualify for the 2018-2019 academic year,  but missed the information session, please contact the Co-op Program office at 607.255.3512.