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.
The results of that experience are the following:
- 96% retention rate to graduation
- You will most likely see an increase in your grades; last year's co-op graduates boasted a 3.22 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.
Co-op Spring 2015 Job Fair
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
in the William Pitt Union
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bring your resume
Research the companies ahead of time
Check out our new
on the Engineering Library website!