Internships and Co-ops
The Co-Op Programs requires 5 years to complete the degree. Students generally schedule their first assignment for the summer or fall after their sophomore year and alternate terms between school and work for a total of 3-4 work terms. Some companies do allow co-ops to begin their work assignments following their freshman year.
We currently have more companies wanting co-ops than we have students willing to fill those positions. If you want to find out more about our Co-Op Program, please contact one of the people listed below.
The Internship Program is normally for one work assignment, on occasion a student is asked to return for a second work assignment. An internship is a full-time work experience for a semester or summer term. It allows the company to hire a student to work on a special project or to fill a short-term need.
Co-op students alternate between work and school every other academic term, including summers. For example, during the summer of your 2nd year in school you may have your first work assignment, in the fall you would return to school for a semester, in the spring you would return to work with the same employer, and again in the summer you would take classes.
An internship is a work experience for a semester or during the summer. It allows the company to hire a student to work on a special project or fill a short-term need. Sometimes a student can have an internship with the same employer for two or more summers, while other students work two or more summers but with different employers each time.
Register with the Center for Career Exploration and Success. Follow the prompts on the linked page to search, apply, and receive credit for your internship.
The Department is not responsible for placing you in a position. We are here to assist you by making information on opportunities available. Information we receive on opportunities will be emailed. Students should also check the Center for Career Exploration and Success website on a regular basis.
You may begin an internship or co-op as early as the summer following your freshman year, depending on the company. Most students, however, wait until after their sophomore year. Students doing a co-op usually do their first rotation in the spring or summer of their sophomore year. Check with your MME advisor to discuss your academic and career plans.