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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.

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  • 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.

Why Co-op?

Engineering Senior discusses how Co-op was a better choice for him than an internship, and how it fit into his academic and career plans.


If you qualify but missed the information session, please contact the Co-op Program office at 607.255.3512.