Program Benefits

The Co-op Program creates the ultimate educational partnership between students, employers, and the university. Each member of the cooperative triad contributes to and mutually benefits from program success.

Benefits for Students

For students, benefits of participating in a co-op include the opportunity to:

  • Enhance academic knowledge and professional skills,
  • Maintain full-time enrollment status while working and receive academic credit towards degree,
  • Establish a relationship with an employer and make network connections,
  • Build on a resume and increase marketability upon graduation,
  • Work on in-depth projects and gain more responsibility with each co-op term,
  • Earn a great salary,
  • Apply co-op work as Curricular Practical Training for International students, and
  • Count co-op work toward years of experience needed for Professional Engineer license.

Benefits for Employers

For employers, the benefits include the opportunity to:

  • Save budget dollars by hiring students to perform relevant engineering tasks,
  • Evaluate potential permanent hires over an extended period of employment,
  • Participate in both academic and on-the-job career preparation of engineering students, and
  • Enhance the employer's image on-campus with exposure via the Co-op Office and students.

Benefits for the University

The Cockrell School and the university, and therefore all current and future students and their potential employees, benefit from the co-op program as well. These benefits include:

  • Enhanced classroom learning by students integrating on-the-job experiences and cutting-edge industry knowledge with academic theories and assignments,
  • Increased student retention and post-graduation job placement, and  
  • Strengthened relationships between the Cockrell School and engineering employers.