The Cooperative (co-op) Education Program assists students in pursuing an optional program of work while studying in the College of Engineering. Students can find co-op positions independently or by using ECRC resources such as Engineering Careers, by Symplicity, a web-based recruiting system. A co-op search is just as any other job search—students apply to organizations and then may be invited to interview. Students must work a minimum of thirty hours per week for a minimum of six weeks while on a co-op work assignment.
Full-time students are eligible to participate in the Cooperative Education Program. A student can be enrolled in the Cooperative Education Program for a single semester or multiple semesters. Co-op students participating in the program for multiple semesters may tailor their work assignments for consecutive terms, for example May to December, January to August or alternate work and school semesters.
Finding a Position through the ECRC
The ECRC posts co-op positions on its web-based recruiting system, Engineering Careers, by Symplicity. Employers provide the Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) with a job description and requirements for the co-op position. Students should submit their resumés through the online system. The employer will review the resumes and select students to interview on campus, at the employer location, or by telephone.
Final selection of a student for co-op work assignment is a mutual agreement entered into by the employer and the student, and the student becomes an employee of that company. Note that the Engineering Career Resource Center does not guarantee a co-op position for every applicant; however, every effort is made to assist students finding appropriate positions.
While working a co-op assignment, students are subject to the rules and regulations of the employer. Work assignments must be at least 30 hours per week for a minimum of six weeks. The employer will evaluate the student’s performance at the end of the co-op work term and forward the evaluation to the Engineering Career Resource Center. Co-op students are also required to complete and return an evaluation report of their learning experience to the ECRC.
Students interested in the co-op programs should visit https://career.engin.umich.edu/career/co-ops/or contact the Engineering Career Resource Center co-op coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-op students are registered in ENGR 400 while on a co-op work assignment; registration is by permission only and must be completed through the ECRC.
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The International Programs in Engineering (IPE) office provides support for a variety of education abroad opportunities for CoE students. International experiences for CoE students can take many forms from traditional study abroad for academic credit to work/internship abroad, research, volunteer and co-curricular international projects in conjunction with CoE student organizations.
College of Engineering Study Abroad
IPE sponsors semester and summer study abroad programs for academic credit. CoE students may choose from programs taught in English or foreign languages, depending on their skill levels and prior experience. IPE staff members advise students about program options and provide assistance with applications and course approvals. Undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to participate in College of Engineering study abroad programs. Graduate students may apply for select programs with the approval of IPE and their respective CoE Academic Advisor. Additional requirements may apply; please see the IPE website, https://ipe.engin.umich.edu for program specific admission guidelines.
Most forms of student financial aid can be applied to College of Engineering study abroad programs. IPE offers walk-in advising Monday-Friday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, no appointment needed.
International Programs in Engineering
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Campus-Wide Study Abroad Programs
CoE students may also participate in study abroad programs sponsored by other UM Schools and Colleges. The LS&A Center for Global & Intercultural Study (CGIS) offers a broad range of study abroad programs that are open to CoE students. Students considering a CGIS study abroad program must consult the International Programs in Engineering office to determine applicability of credit to engineering degree requirements. For CoE students, grades for STDABRD credit programs will generally not be calculated into the cumulative GPA, but for STDABRD courses taught by UM faculty, students may petition for an exception to this rule. Campus-wide study abroad programs can be found in M-Compass, https://mcompass.umich.edu.
Non-UM Study Abroad Programs
Students studying abroad on a program that is not sponsored by a UM office may earn transfer credit if the program sponsor is a fully accredited institution of higher learning, an official transcript is furnished by that institution, and the course is evaluated for transfer credit. Students considering non-UM study abroad must register their plans in the U-M travel registry prior to departure and consult with the IPE Office about course approvals and transfer credit. U-M Travel Registry, https://www.ipe.engin.umich.edu/registry
IPE in partnership with the Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) assist students pursuing a work or internship position abroad. Overseas work experience can enhance your future job prospects, provide exposure to foreign business environments and help you understand global trends in the engineering profession. Whether it’s an internship with a multinational corporation or a research position in a foreign laboratory, overseas employment presents unique opportunities for professional development.
The College of Engineering International Internship Program connects Michigan engineering students with technical internship opportunities with companies all over the world. Many internships are hosted by U-M alumni. More information can be found online, https://internabroad.engin.umich.edu/
Interested students should meet with a Career Counselor from ECRC or an International Programs Advisor from IPE to discuss work abroad and internship search strategies. The ECRC can also critique resumes and provide resources to help adapt application documents for a non-U.S. audience. More information can be found online at https://ipe.engin.umich.edu/work-internship-volunteer-research-abroad/ International Travel with CoE Student Organizations
IPE in partnership with the CoE Office of Student Affairs provides support and assistance for student organizations that travel internationally. Beyond traditional study and work abroad opportunities, the College encourages student organizations to consider developing international experiences for their members. International travel can be a great way to maximize an organization’s impact and to build leadership skills for their members. Check M-Compass, https://mcompass.umich.edu, to see where CoE student organizations are currently engaged globally. There are many resources available to student organizations who want to travel internationally, please visit https://ipe.engin.umich.edu/student-organization-international-travel/ for more details.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
The UROP program enables students to work one-on-one or as part of a small group of students on research projects conducted by faculty and research scientists all across campus. Students will choose research projects by looking through a catalog of over 700 research projects and will then interview for the positions with the faculty researcher. Students spend an average of nine to ten hours per week working on their research projects. Students can participate in the program for academic credit through ENGR 280. Students receive one credit per three hours of work per week. Most students register for three credits, which is a nine-hour commitment per week. Students with work-study awards in their financial aid package can also participate for work-study support. All students participating in the program are also required to attend a biweekly research peer seminar, meeting monthly with a peer advisor, read research-related articles (e.g., research ethics, research in specific disciplines, research methods) and complete short journal assignments.
For more information and to access the online application, please visit the UROP website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/urop.