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Engineering Co-op & Internship Office

Top 10 Engineering Co-op/Internship Questions

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

Students can participate in an internship during the summer after their first year.

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

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

Housing is always the responsibility of the student. However, as a registered co-op or intern, you are eligible for on-campus housing. Regular housing fees apply.

If your work is outside of your hometown or home school, your employer may provide accommodations or housing assistance. This information is disclosed during the interview process.

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

Based on the 2022-2023 school year data, the average hourly salary for our co-ops and interns was $22.71/hr. The typical working semester contains 640 working hours, which can yield over $13,000 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. Contact Flyer Student Services for more information.

The university uses Handshake as its hiring platform for students. There are over 20,000 approved employers in Handshake, and it is a good place to start.

There are also several events throughout the year that bring employers to campus including career fairs, multiple interview days, and tabling sessions where companies spend a day in the main lobby of Kettering Labs.

Students are welcome to stop in KL 503 if they need assistance navigating Handshake, want the dates of important on-campus events, or are seeking additional support.

Both are paid, full-time and for the length of the semester; otherwise, we do not distinguish between the two. Companies may call them different things, but they are all treated the same. All students are expected to complete the same four assignments during their work term(s) and receive the same level of support from our office. 

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Engineering Co-op & Internship Office, Colleen Bretland, Director

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0252