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Co-op and Internship

Through the Co-op and Summer Internship programs students gain valuable “real world” engineering experiences working with a variety of industries and governmental agencies.

Basic requirements for experiences include working full-time, competitively paid, completing engineering assignments and working under the supervision of an engineer.

Obtaining work experience prior to completing your degree requirements typically increases employment opportunities and starting salaries at graduation.


Cooperative Education

Co-op student work full-time in an engineering position from Jan. – Aug. or May – Dec. The co-op provides 26-28 weeks of full-time, paid engineering work experience. Alternating assignments are also an option.

Cooperative education is an academic option as part of your engineering education. Students who participate in co-op complete assignments and receive academic credit toward graduation. While on co-op, students are considered full-time students and are eligible to maintain family or UW health insurance. Compensation is competitive averaging between $18 and $20/hr.

The advantage of a co-op over an internship is the increased level of responsibility received due to the longer duration of the work term. Co-ops are able to work on larger and complex projects that require more time to complete.

Please see the FAQ for answers to common questions. Additionally, how co-op credit applies toward graduation requirements differently in each department.


Summer Internships

The Summer Internship is for students seeking engineering employment during the summer months. These 12-14 week, full-time assignments provide students exposure to engineering while enabling the employer to fill short-term project needs.


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Stephanie Salazar Kann