What is a co-op?

Co-op is considered Cooperative Education – 5-6 month paid pre-professional experience in industry or government.

When can I go out or eligible to be on co-op?

Students need to have junior status (54 credits or above)

Am I considered a full-time student while on co-op?

Yes. It will defer any loans or scholarships while officially on co-op

Do I pay tuition while on co-op?

No. You will pay a nominal fee – around $100 to continue your student status

Do I need to notify anyone that I am on co-op?

Yes. Please notify Brian Schwarz as soon as possible at brian.schwarz@uconn.edu or 860-486-5462 or the Center for Career Development in Wilbur Cross 202. Please do not just withdraw from the university. This will create issues on readmission to the university.

Is there a course that I need to register for co-op?
Yes. You will need to register for CEWP 4297 with Center for Career Development in Wilbur Cross 202 or Brian Schwarz in the School of Engineering in EII 302.

Can I take any courses while on co-op?
Yes. You can register for up to 6 credits while on co-op and pay per credit hour.

Are there specific co-op employers?
Yes. We have indentified key employers that will consistently offer co-op opportunities for UConn Engineering students.

How long can I go out on co-op?
Student can go out on a maximum of two consecutive co-ops with the same employer not exceed two academic semesters in a row

What is the difference between a co-op and an internship?
A Co-op is a longer more in depth experience in industry that applies directly to your academic pursuits and has more time for larger projects
An internship is a shorter summer experience in industry that does not always apply to ones academics pursuits and has less time to take on larger projects

Will a co-op delay my graduation?
Yes. As most traditional co-op programs will take 5 years to complete your degree; however, you will gain up to 11 months or more experience in industry.

What are the benefits of a co-op?
1) Depth, size and duration of engineering projects
2) Figure out career choices in a real work setting
3) Develop deeper relationships with a potential employer and supervisor
4) Most employers today hire from the co-op pool first before moving to internship candidate pool
5) More experience to add to your resume for your full-time job search
6) Help you determine your career vs just getting a job after graduation
7) More time to interview the employer and potential fellow co-workers
8) You will receive a pay check that can offset the cost of finishing your engineering degree

Why should I consider going out on co-op?
For all the reason listed above, plus it will provide you with a competitive advantage in the job market
Also less stress since you will most likely receive your first job offer from your co-op site

Is networking important while out on co-op?
Yes. What you do everyday on your co-op site will make you stand out and increase your network of reference for your job search

What do I wear to work while on co-op?
You need to dress to impress. You should dress for the job that you want and not just for the co-op
You may need to invest a few dollars to bring up your dress code, but it will be worth it and yes they will notice