Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Application Process

Undergraduate Students:

Listed below are the steps to sign up with the Co-op Program. Once registered as an applicant, you will receive emails regarding co-op opportunities, as well as the Co-op staff forwarding your resume directly to employers. If you have any questions you can stop by the Co-op office, 152 Benedum Hall, first floor behind the lobby front desk. Keep in mind this program is for multiple rotation co-op positions only.



  • After doing so you will be directed to log into https://usr.engr.pitt.edu/CoOpStudent. This second step provides us specific information such as: geographic preferences, do you have a car, what semesters are you able to start a co-op, do you receive financial aid, live in campus housing, etc. You can also let us know of any companies you are interested in. Please answer all of the questions completely and accurately.  


  • After completing both on-line steps to apply, please stop by or email to have your resume reviewed and approved by a Co-op staff member. Once approved, you can email an electronic version to caf54@pitt.edu.  

  • The final step will be to submit a sample co-op schedule and unofficial transcript prior to your co-op search. The schedule will help you in planning out your rotations, classes needed, as well as planning ahead if incorporating a minor, study abroad experience, or any other circumstances. Sample co-op schedules can be found on your departmental web sites or ask you advisor for assistance. You will need to have a final co-op schedule approved by one of the faculty co-op advisors in your department (listed below). He/she is available to assist you with scheduling, advice, and successful completion of your program requirements.

    Sample Work Rotations Schedule- Schedule

Questions? See the Undergraduate Student Handbook: UndergraduateHandbook

Application Deadlines:

Students apply to the Co-op Program at least one semester before they begin their rotations. In order to be eligible for all positions, please see the following dates for paperwork completion. *   

  • Spring Co-op: End of September 
  • Summer Co-op: End of January 
  • Fall Co-op: End of May 
    *These deadlines are established with the student's best interests in mind. It is still possible for a student to apply after the deadline, however, this student will have missed out on opportunities. 

Graduate Students:

Engineering Master and PhD candidates are eligible to complete one rotation over the summer, or possibly multiple rotations pending on academic schedules and programs. Please stop by the Co-op office at 152 Benedum Hall for more information.


Graduate students must make sure that they are eligible to Co-op prior to applying to the program through the OIS office, and an approved Co-op schedule is needed from a Departmental Graduate Advisor. Eligible graduate students should apply on-line and complete the steps listed above.   

Questions? See the Graduate Handbook



You are now ready to embark upon your co-op experience!
Once you've accepted a co-op position, immediately notify the Co-op Office  to sign your paperwork:

  • Co-op Contract Agreement 
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Information 
  • Housing
  • Fees
  • Registration
  • Co-op credit

    * After accepting a co-op, remain professional to other companies that call you. Thank them, but let them know that you are no longer available. Those companies may be of interest to you in the future!