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 nearly 800 students with some of the most sought after technical skills in positions globally during the 2018 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 students majoring in Information Systems, Computer Systems Engineering, and Telecommunication Networks. 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.

Please visit out Co-op Team page for a list of Multidisciplinary Master’s Co-op Coordinators and staff.

Preparing for Co-op – Our co-op faculty have developed a curriculum to prepare our students for success in industry as part of our co-op program. Learn more about our co-op program and experience a sampling of the course for multidisciplinary master's students.

Student Spotlight

Departmental Graduate Co-op Students

Students in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Energy Systems, Engineering Management, Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Operations Research, Robotics, or Sustainable Building Systems who are interested in co-op are required to complete a Cooperative Education application.

Please visit out Co-op Team page for a list of Departmental Co-op Coordinators and Counselors.

Learn more by visiting the co-op page for each department: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Student Success Stories

  • Parth Gargava

    Invested in Success

    Parth Gargava
    MS, Information Systems 2018

    In early 2016, Parth Gargava (MS Information Systems ’18) was working as a software engineer at the Center for Development of Advanced Computing in his native India.

Quick Facts
  • 4-6-8 month co-op placements aligning with academic semesters (graduate students complete two-year academic programs)
  • $26: Average hourly wage
  • Nearly 800 graduate students placed on co-op during the 2018 academic year
Sample Co-op Partners
  • Akamai Technologies
  • Alacatel-Lucent
  •, Inc.
  • Apple
  • Bose Corporation
  • Brightcove
  • Cisco Systems
  • Dell EMC
  • eClinicalWorks
  • EMC Corporation
  • Ericsson Inc
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Intuit
  • Mathworks
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Paydiant
  • PayPal
  • Raytheon
  • State Street Corporation
  • Tesla
  • Verizon Communications
  • Virgin Pulse
  • Wayfair

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