Co-op Program Guidelines

Cooperative Education Program

  • Student must be enrolled and an active participant in the Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Below is a sample schedule that follows the alternating work study periods listed. For more information about completing the program in less than five years, contact the Co-op Office.
      Fall Spring Summer
    Year 1 Study Study Vacation/Work/Study
    Year 2 Study Study Co-op
    Year 3 Study Co-op Study
    Year 4 Co-op Study Co-op
    Year 5 Study Study  

    Click to view the Co-op curriculum sheets by degree program {Check with the Engineering Dean's Office for recent changes}
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Student may apply when accepted into Washkewicz College of Engineering. This may be as early as the freshman year.
  • Complete all courses through the Freshman or Sophomore year, depending on major, to qualify for this program. For information about beginning program prior to completing freshman and sophomore courses, please contact the Co-op Office.
  • Student will make an application to the program in the Washkewicz College Co-op Office and will be approved by the Manager of the Cooperative Education Program.
  • Student will be notified of participation acceptance.
  • Be in good academic standing (not on probation) with a cumulative grade point average of 2.20 or better for application and for continuing participation maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.20 and not be on probation.
  • Complete ESC130 (Career Orientation) and earn a grade of satisfactory.
  • Complete all required reports and paperwork on time. Prepare a resume and have it reviewed and approved.
  • Register for ESC 300/400 before each work assignment.
  • A student can leave the program only with adequate notice and a meeting with the Co-op Manager.
  • The Fenn Co-op Office will identify meaningful work experiences for the student. If the student finds his/her own position, they must notify the Co-op Office. The Engineering Cooperative Education Program Manager will contact the student each semester.
  • Transfer students must complete at least 8 credit hours of course work in the Washkewicz College of Engineering, plus meet the requirements of the Cooperative Education Program.
  • A member of the co-op Staff, the Associate Dean or a Faculty member will meet with the student and employer approximately half way through the co-op work period. If an in person meeting is not possible, they will establish phone contact with the student and employer. The purpose will be to review the student's progress against his/her objectives, the student's evaluation of the position and the employer's evaluation of the student's performance to date. The goal is to resolve any issues and ensure that the co-op position is a learning experience for the student.
  • The student must formally meet once a semester with his/her Faculty Mentor.
  • A minimum of 3 semesters of co-op experience is required to qualify as a graduate of the Engineering Cooperative Education Program.