The Co-op Process

Once you've decided to pursue a co-op experience, the process for making it happen is fairly simple. Simply follow the steps outlined here.

Student Application Process

The Co-op Program holds an open application period at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. Students typically apply a semester or two before they want to actually start working. 

  • Fall semester applicants may begin co-op work in the spring or summer.
  • Spring applicants may begin working in the summer or fall.

Before applying, students must meet the following academic requirements:

  • Be an undergraduate engineering student,
  • Have at least 28 hours of basic sequence course work, including:
    • 8 hours of Calculus (i.e., M 408C & D or M 408KL&M)  and  
    • 4 hours of Physics (i.e., PHY 303K & PHY 103M),
  • Completed an introductory course in their engineering discipline,
  • Have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.0 major GPA,
  • For transfer students and first-year students, have completed one full semester of engineering at UT Austin, and
  • Have at least 6 hours of degree coursework left after the final co-op term.

Students must complete the following steps by the stated co-op application deadline:

  1. Register with the Engineering Career Assistance Center.
  2. Attend a Co-op Information Session.
  3. Complete the online application, including IDA Planner.

The Co-op Job Search

Once a student has been approved to the program, the co-op job search begins.

The Engineering Career Assistance Center (ECAC) coordinates student recruitment for available co-op positions, in addition to summer internships and permanent hires. ECAC job search services include an online job board, on-campus interviewing, career fairs, and resume database search.

The Co-op Office also assists in the recruitment process by announcing co-op job postings and promoting co-op employer activities to student applicants as well as connecting employers with potential co-op candidates through resume referrals.

Accepting a Co-op Offer: Housing and Other Issues

Co-op and ECAC Staff are available to assist students with job offer questions and concerns. When accepting a co-op offer, students are advised to meet with an academic advisor to discuss integrating the co-op experience with remaining degree requirements and to strongly consider interest in potential job placement as well as housing and transportation needs.

While co-op student applicants are not obligated to accept a co-op job, students must report an accepted co-op position to the Co-op Office as soon as possible in order to enroll in the co-op course and prepare for leaving campus to work.

Before Beginning a Co-op

Co-op students must complete the following program requirements before leaving each co-op work term.

  1. Complete a pre-work orientation and pre-assessment form. The pre-work orientation is a mandatory session to review Co-op Program requirements and discuss transitioning to the professional workplace. The pre-assessment form allows students to evaluate their current knowledge and abilities, reflect on their expectations of the co-op experience, and set specific goals to achieve during the work term.
  2. Register and pay for the co-op course. Only students who have applied to the Co-op Program and have accepted a job are eligible to register for the following co-op courses:
    • Two-term co-op course sequence: 225MA and 225MB, or
    • Three-term co-op course sequence: 325LX/LY/LZ.

Co-op course 125N is restricted to students who have successfully completed either the two-term or three-term course sequence and are completing additional co-op work terms. There is not a  one-semester co-op course option.

Furthermore, students are offered two different co-op course registration options: ROSE or Correspondence. Registration via ROSE allows co-op students to maintain full-time status and continued enrollment at the university while also maintaining access to on-campus privileges (use of libraries and health center, ability to purchase Longhorn All-Sports Package etc.). Approximate tuition and fees cost for co-op course registration via ROSE is about $1600. The correspondence registration option, developed to reduce costs for co-op students, is a flat tuition fee of $430. Students who are enrolled via correspondence lose access to on-campus privileges during the work term, but the co-op office ensures that students are continually enrolled at the university and can provide proof of full-time enrollment status. More details on co-op course registration options are provided during the pre-work orientation and via the Co-op Canvas site.

While on a Co-op Work Term

During the co-op work term, students are required to complete a number of course assignments. These assignments are available in the Co-op Canvas site and deadlines are stated in the course syllabus. While students are at work, co-op staff are available to assist with academic and other on-campus issues, such as registration for the upcoming semester, and will maintain open communication between students and employers to monitor the co-op experience and address any issues.

The Co-op Course: Grading and Academic Credit

At the conclusion of each work term, students must submit a Work Term Assignment. This includes a technical report, employer evaluation, and post-assessment form. Co-op faculty advisors review these and assign course grades. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive one hour of letter-grade credit per each work term. Co-op course credit may be counted as a technical or career gateway elective; students must speak with an academic advisor to determine how co-op course credit can be applied toward the degree.

Fall 2018 Co-op Information Sessions

You must attend an Information Session before you can apply.

Information Sessions will be:

Fri-Aug 24, 10-11AM, ECJ 1.308

Fri-Aug 31, 2-3PM, ECJ 1.308

Wed-Sep 05, 5-6PM, ECJ 1.308

Thu-Sep 13, 3-4PM, CPE 2.206

Tue-Sep 18, 3-4PM, CPE 2.206

Wed-Sep 26, 12-1PM, CPE 2.220

The Co-op Application Deadline is Sunday, September 30