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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 2021-2022 school year data, the average hourly salary for our co-ops and interns was $22.68/hr. The typical working semester contains 640 working hours, which can yield over $12,400 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.

All engineering students are required to enroll in our EGR 200 seminar, which prepares students for their first professional work experience. Topics include interviewing, networking, resume preparation, company research and finding a co-op/intern position.

Our campus-wide fall and spring career fairs bring more than 100 companies to meet potential co-ops/interns. Additionally, we host exclusive engineering co-op and internship interview events, called On-Campus Interviews, each fall and spring. These events provide students with the opportunity of scheduling one-on-one interviews with multiple potential employers.

At UD, the primary difference is the duration of time spent with your employer. A co-op indicates the intention to spend two or more semesters of full-time work with a single employer. While the employer remains the same for at least two semesters, the work assignments do not. Co-ops can expect 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. 

Joe Boise Summer 2022

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

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0252