The Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program is a professional development education program that allows undergraduate students to participate in a year-round schedule that alternates professionally related work experiences with classroom coursework. The Co-op Program can provide as much as two years of direct professional development within a five-year bachelor's degree program.
Students who participate in co-ops are better prepared to enter the work force and frequently choose to continue their employment with their co-op employer after graduating. Surveys of seniors who graduated in May 2009 or May 2010 found that 22 to 26 percent of those with jobs lined up at the time of graduation found their permanent position through an internship or co-op.
Co-op experiences are paid and result in academic credit, although this credit does not apply towards the student’s degree. Co-op students receive an official entry on their transcript for each co-op experience, as well as a certificate of completion at graduation.
View the Co-op Handbook to learn more about the CU Engineering Co-op Program and how you can get involved in this exciting opportunity.
Curious about co-ops? Read the Co-op Student Brochure or look at the points below to see if an engineering co-op could be a good choice for your college career.
Why Co-op Could Be for You
Am I Eligible for Co-op?
Where Can I Do My Co-op?
How Do I Get Involved in Co-op?
The Cooperative Education Program is a professional development education program that allows students to participate in a year-round schedule that alternates professionally related work experiences with classroom coursework. Co-ops are made possible by industry partners willing to host co-op students for this valuable experience.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science offers an excellent undergraduate program with strong academic content and hands-on, service, and discovery learning opportunities. CU students are trained to have strong engineering and hands-on skills, developed team skills, and a strong work ethic. The college's many academic departments prepare a talented pool of students able fill a wide variety of co-op positions.
Students who participate in co-ops are better prepared to enter the workforce and frequently choose to continue their employment with their co-op employer after graduating. Surveys of seniors who graduated in the last 4 years found that 21 to 26 percent of those with jobs lined up at the time of graduation found their permanent position through an internship or co-op.
Co-op experiences are paid by the employer and result in academic credit (though not credit that will apply toward the student’s degree). Co-op students receive a certificate of participation or written acknowledgement as well as an entry on their transcript for each co-op experience.
To get started, please read the Co-Op Employer Brochure or contact the appropriate co-op representative from the department list under "Co-op Key Contacts" below.
How Does Co-op Benefit Employers?
Recent Participating Employers
"Having a co-op at Chevron enables the student to experience several different areas of the company while providing broad visibility for the student among the hiring managers. The student can start to determine what type of work interests him/her which is invaluable when job offers are in front of them. The company can also judge the student's performance and determine where his/her skills fit the best. It is a win-win situation for all involved."
Thad Sauvain, Manager, Designs and Engineering, Chevron
"The CU Co-op Program provides us with young aspiring engineers whose skills and efforts make daily contributions to the success of our organization. Many of our breakthrough developments would not have been possible without the contributions of our CU co-op students."
Rick Dauer, Group Leader, Process Engineering and Automation, Roche Colorado
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
Karey Sabol, Director of International Programs
All Other Majors and Co-op Program Oversight
Dan Watson, Academic Programs Coordinator