Pitt | Swanson Engineering

“Participating in Pitt's co-op program prepared me with the tools I needed to easily transition from the academic to professional environment upon graduation. The experience I gained during my co-op rotations provided me with an advantage over graduating candidates without my real-life experience. Now, as a hiring manager I seek out engineering candidates that have had co-op or internship experience prior to graduation, knowing that it is typically these individuals that are ambitious and prepared for the transition into the professional environment.”

~ Jennifer Mann, Engineering Manager
Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc. (GES)

 As an alum of the Swanson School of Engineering, you are part of a network of engineering graduates across the globe!  Our alumni are important collaborators, engaging with each other professionally across borders, and also with our students to help foster the next generation of engineering leaders. Our alumni are vital to Swanson’s and ELPE’s division of Co-ops and Internships’ continued growth through: 

  • Helping to grow experiential learning opportunities such as co-op and internships here in the US and around the world, giving our students a marked advantage in the competitive job and graduate education arenas.
  • Participating in networking and knowledge sharing opportunities for students through events like mock interviews, and lectures, furthering student experiential learning and professional connections in the real world. 

Are you a co-op alumni who would like to provide students with the same quality, hands-on experience you received through the program? Find out more: 

How to start a Co-op Program   

Once you are working in industry full time, you may find that your new employer is missing something...a Co-op Program! If you would like to initiate a relationship with Pitt's Co-op Program, we'd be happy to hear from you!
We’ll offer guidance and support while connecting you to students who meet your employer’s hiring criteria. 

What about an Internship?  

Do you have a need for a student placement for a summer only role?  Contact us and we can help advertise for that position.  

Do you have a co-op or internship position outside of the US ? 

Consider hiring a Swanson student for a co-op or internship in your global location.  Diversify your teams with students who have a different cultural perspective. Our students bring a wealth of multicultural experiences not to mention a US training approach to contribute creative workplace solutions.    

Contact Chris Frankovic, Interim Director, caf54@pitt.edu, or Alicia Olalde, Global Programs Manager, a.olalde@pitt.edu for more information. 


We hope that you will stay in touch with us! Please fill out our Alumni Survey
We want to hear of your future endeavors and successes. We would like to share this information in our co-op newsletters and website. You are always welcome to come back, visit and share your personal experiences!  

Would you like to receive the Newsletter? Email Kristal Cheshire, Program Administrator, at krc120@pitt.edu to be added to our mailing list or indicate on the survey that you’d like the newsletter! 


Click here to fill out the Co-op Graduate Survey 

Click here for Student Employment and Placement Assistance 

Be sure to also check out the new GRADUWAY platform for full time positions! Graduway is coming soon and will be operated out of the SSOE Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement office.