Cooperative Education, aka Co-op, is the single best educational experience an undergraduate can have. Co-op is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to connect directly with industry for “real-world” experience in bioengineering. By
complementing and expanding upon the classroom curriculum, Co-op enriches the undergraduate experience. The Department highly encourages all undergraduates, including transfer students, regardless of future career aspirations (industry, graduate school,
medical school, etc) to participate in Co-op. Experience gained through the program will pay dividends in future endeavors, whatever they may be.
Some of the reasons to participate in Co-op include:
Students typically spend three rotations of four months each (a semester) employed by one of the participating Co-op companies. Students gain appreciation for the application of their academic skills in solution of real-world problems and greater
understanding in their field of interest. The Co-op experience is a mutually beneficial undertaking between the Co-op employer and the student. Hence, students typically start the Co-op experience anytime between completion of the Spring Semester,
Sophomore year (when students have gained sufficient engineering skills to offer the Co-op employer) and the start of Fall Semester, Senior year (when the required two- semester senior design sequence commences).
NOTE: The process for Bioengineering students differs slightly from that in
the Co-op Office brochure.
The wonderful staff in Co-op Program office work individually with each student applicant to provide resume and interviewing assistance, as well as specialized job development. When requested, the Co-op Program office will help find a suitable Co-op position,
which can be local, national, or even international in location. Bioengineering students work with the Bioengineering Undergraduate Coordinator upon receipt of an offer from a participating co-op employer to develop a personalized Co-op rotation/academic
schedule (see previous link) to assure timely progression to graduation. The Co-op program has the support of key University offices including registration, financial aid, and housing.
Interested students should explore opportunities with the Co-op Program staff. Follow up by discussing your interests with your advisor and the Bioengineering Undergraduate Coordinator.