Internships & Co-ops
Internships and co-ops consist of working for a company, generally full-time and while not taking classes, before completing your degree. All students are highly encouraged to do internships or co-ops because they provide real engineering experience, which benefits your education and future employment prospects. If you are wondering how to get an internship or co-op, see the department how-to-find-jobs page. The college internship website also has job-finding advice.
What is the difference between an internship and a co-op? Internships are usually done during the summer months and do not delay the date of graduation. Co-ops usually entail multiple work periods and may extend the time required to graduate. However, this delay should not be considered unfavorably for multiple reasons:
- Students are paid very well for their time (about 50% of starting engineer salary).
- Students who perform well in a co-op generally have an advantage in securing full-time employment upon graduation.
- Delaying graduation by one year is not significant when compared to a 40-year career.
Because co-op periods may displace normal Fall and Winter semesters at the university, careful planning is required to accommodate the interruption. Here is a list of possible co-op schedules.