Co-ops and Professional Development

Co-op Program Guidelines

Application, Approvals & Eligibility

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Student will complete the Co-op application and submit it to Fenn Co-op Office to be reviewed by the Cooperative Education Program Staff. Students will be notified of participation acceptance. (Students may apply when accepted to the Washkewciz College of Engineering. This may be as early as the freshman year.)
  • Complete all courses through the second 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.
  • 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 maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.20 and not be on probation.
  • Complete ESC130 (Engineering Co-op Orientation) and earn a grade of satisfactory.
  • 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 prior to their first assignment.
  • Students must have an approved resume. Contact the Fenn Co-op Office for assistance in resume preparation and approval via optimalresume.
  • 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.

Sample Co-op/Study Schedule 1

  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 GRADUATE

Sample Co-op/Study Schedule 2*

  Fall Spring Summer
Year 1 Study Study Vacation/Work/Study
Year 2 Study Study Co-op
Year 3 Co-op Study Study
Year 4 Study Co-op Co-op
Year 5 Study Study GRADUATE

*Students may complete one additional co-op the other semester must be spent at CSU

Click to view the Co-op curriculum sheets by degree program {Check with the Engineering Dean's Office for recent changes}

Co-op Assignments

  • 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.
  • Complete all required reports and paperwork on time.
  • The student must formally meet once a semester with his/her Faculty Mentor.
  • 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.
  • A minimum of 3 semesters of co-op experience is required to qualify as a graduate of the Engineering Cooperative Education Program.
  • A student can leave the program only with adequate notice and a meeting with a member of the Co-op Office staff.