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Kendra LaVallee named national Co-op Student of the Year

U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering, Gerald Holder, and Co-op Student of the Year Kendra LaVallee.

Kendra LaVallee was selected as the American Society for Engineering Education's (ASEE) Cooperative & Experiential Education Division (CEED) Co-op Student of the Year. She was also named the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering's Co-op Student of the Year for all of her accomplishments during her year-long co-op at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. as a Technical Operations Co-op. Full story here: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2016/Kendra-LaVallee-SOTY/ 

Co-op Student of the Year Finalist
Michelle Hoch
Industrial Engineering
VA Hospital

Co-op Student of the Year Honorable Mentions
Henry Phalen- Bioengineering- Bayer

Eric Relich- Chemical Engineering- Valspar

Sarah Russek- Civil Engineering- Richard Goettle, Inc.

Brittany Byrne- Industrial Engineering- Cleaveland Price

Garrett White- Industrial Engineering- Giant Eagle, Inc.

Christine Greenawalt- Mechanical Engineering- Curtiss-Wright

Lisa Langhorst- Mechanical Engineering- Schroeder Industries

Brendan Stack- Mechanical Engineering- Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright EMD named 2016 Co-op Employer of the Year

U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering, Gerald Holder, presents the Employer of the Year award to Ross Klein and Brian Schaub from Curtiss-Wright.

Our previous Employer of the Year awards went to the following companies:

1991 Delphi Packard Electrical Corporation/GM
1992 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
1993 J&L Specialty Steel
1994 US Airways
1995 Nova Chemical Corporation
1996 Eaton/Cutler-Hammer
1997 Bayer Corporation
1998 Westinghouse Electric Company, EMD
1999 ANSYS Incorporated
2000 United Parcel Service
2001 AK Steel
2002 Mine Safety Appliances Company
2003 H.B. Maynard
2004 American Bridge Corporation
2005 Dupont Chemical Solutions Enterprise
2006 Valspar
2007 Medrad
2008 FedEx Ground
2009 Advanced Integration Group, Inc.
2010 Vocollect, Inc.
2011 FirstEnergy Corporation
2012 Siemens Energy
2013 Eaton

2014 Westinghouse

2015 Robinson Fans, Inc. and ZOLL LifeVest

Welcome to Co-Op

"Our mission is to provide our students and employer partners individualized opportunities to enhance success and opportunity in the workplace environment through relevant and challenging assignments that will result in the graduation of excellent engineers and scientists."

There aren't many opportunities that can boast the advantages that cooperative education can offer.  What other program can offer you the chance to learn, earn, and graduate with a higher starting salary, while maintaining status as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student?

The University of Pittsburgh is steeped in history and tradition, and our cooperative education program is no exception. Founded as the third co-op program in the nation, Pitt's co-op program flourished until the Great Depression caused its suspension in the early 1930s. In 1987, under the tutelage of Dean Charles Sorber, the program was re-established for undergraduates. Today, almost half of Pitt's graduating seniors participate in cooperative education.

We have also expanded to allow participation from Pitt students in science-related fields, and we offer the co-op opportunity to all of our regional campuses in engineering and engineering technology. Recently, we implemented a co-op initiative for graduate level engineering candidates.

Co-op offers students the chance to obtain a full year's worth of work experience prior to graduation.

                             Visit our new co-op page on the Engineering Library website:

Co-op and Study Abroad --- You Can Make It Happen




  • 96% retention rate to graduation
  • You will most likely see an increase in your grades; last year's co-op graduates boasted a 3.34 average GPA!
  • Co-op graduates average almost $4,000 more in a starting salary than non-participants
  • Most students complete the program and graduate in 4 ½ years
  • Academic credit is earned and official transcripts are certified with co-op participation
  • All co-op positions are paid
  • Each student has a faculty co-op advisor

You Own Your Future! And BEST of ALL: It's easy!   

The staff of the co-op office maintains an open door policy each day. We offer resume assistance, mock interviews, and individual job development. Our goal is to help you find your path to future success. Our students work locally, nationally, and even internationally.



Where Pitt co-ops work!

This map shows the location of Co-Op student employers. You can interact with the map to zoom in and out, and move left to right, to view regional and national employer locations.

Annual Spring Co-op Job Fair, January 31, 2018 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.