The College of Engineering Graduate Cooperative Education Program (co-op) is one option for experiential learning and is available on a competitive basis to selected students. Cooperative Education at the graduate level is not just a way for students to gain real world experience, but is a way to challenge, network, expand and fine-tune their knowledge within their respective industry.  The goals of cooperative education are to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills in new, authentic contexts.
  • Develop new knowledge and skills.
  • Integrate and use the deepened knowledge and skills in your academic programs.
  • Reflect on and articulate how you used your knowledge and skills, how you gained new knowledge and skills, and how “theory and practice” work together.

The Graduate School of Engineering placed over 200 students with some of the most sought after technical skills in positions nationally during 2015 academic year. We have a team that prepares students for cooperative education experience through resume building, developing interview skills and guiding professional development.

Please review the Eligibility and Requirements to participate in the cooperative education program.

Multidisciplinary Master’s Co-op Students: For frequently asked questions and to contact us, please visit the Graduate Co-op Support Center. To schedule a meeting or to contact your co-op coordinator, please visit here.

Multidisciplinary Master’s Co-op Faculty Coordinators:

Departmental Graduate Co-op Students: Students in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, or Operations Research who are interested in co-op are required to complete a Cooperative Education application.

Departmental Graduate Co-op Faculty Coordinators:

Quick Facts
  • 4-6-8 month co-op placements aligning with academic semesters (graduate students complete two-year academic programs)
  • $25: Average hourly wage
  • 250+: Number of companies that have hired a graduate engineering co-op student within the last three years
Sample Coop Partners
  • Akamai Technologies
  • Alacatel-Lucent
  •, Inc.
  • Bose Corporation
  • Cisco Systems
  • eClinicalWorks
  • EMC Corporation
  • Ericsson Inc
  • IBM
  • Intuit
  • Mathworks
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Paydiant
  • PayPal
  • Raytheon
  • State Street Corporation
  • Verizon Communications
  • Wayfair

If you are an employer and would like to learn more about the engineering co-op program, click here.