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Cooperative Education: Engineering

Top 10 Engineering Co-op Questions

You can begin a co-op after you have completed three semesters of coursework. Typical co-ops begin in the spring semester of a student’s second year but can begin summer or fall of the same year as well.

UD has a voluntary co-op program, which provides flexibility to explore additional experiential learning opportunities such as study abroad or ETHOS.

About 70 percent of our co-ops work in the southwestern Ohio region, but co-op opportunities are available in all regions of the U.S. as well as internationally. Collectively, we have more than 2000 active employers located across globe.

Housing is always the responsibility of the student. However, as a co-op, you are eligible for on-campus housing if your work is near UD. Regular housing fees apply. If your work is outside your hometown or home school, your employer may provide accommodations or housing assistance. This information is disclosed during the interview process.

No tuition is paid during a work term. Since no credits are earned during the co-op work term, no tuition is paid.

In 2018, the average hourly salary for our co-ops was $19.28/hr. The typical working semester contains 640 working hours, which can yield over $12,000 of gross income per semester.

No. Full-time student status is maintained, and enrollment verification is provided upon registration with no fee.

During a working semester, financial aid and University scholarships are paused until the next semester of coursework. Students who receive eight semesters of financial aid upon enrollment to UD will continue to receive those eight semesters during credit-bearing academic semesters.

Students who elect to participate in co-op can enroll in our Introduction to Co-op course, which prepares students for their first professional work experience. Topics include interviewing, networking, résumé preparation, company research and finding a co-op position. Our campus-wide fall and spring career fairs bring more than 175 companies to meet potential co-ops. Additionally, we host a two-day exclusive engineering co-op interview event each fall and spring that provides each student with the opportunity for 24 interviews over two days.

At UD, the primary difference is the duration of time spent with your employer. A co-op indicates the intention to spend three and five semesters of full-time work with a single employer. While the employer remains the same, the work assignments do not with changes in responsibility and job assignments each semester. An internship at UD is defined as a single semester assignment, typically summer, with no expectation to return to that employer. The internship assignments tend to be more project-based and discrete in responsibility as the time frame for work is shorter.


Cooperative Education, Nancy Chase, Director

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