Information for Students

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Co-op and Summer Intern Programs

Students gain valuable "real world" engineering experiences working with a variety of industries and governmental agencies through our dynamic cooperative education and summer intern programs. Basic requirements for experiences include working full-time, competitively paid, completing engineering assignments and working under the supervision of an engineer.

Cooperative Education

Obtaining work experience prior to completing your degree requirements typically increases employment opportunities and starting salaries at graduation. Most UW engineering co-ops work full-time in an engineering position from Jan. - Aug. or May - Dec. The co-op provides a solid eight to twelve months of paid engineering work experience. Alternating assignments are also an option.

Cooperative education is an academic option as part of your engineering education. Students who participate complete assignments and receive academic credit toward graduation. While on co-ops, students are considered full-time students and are eligible to maintain family or UW health insurance. Compensation is competitive averaging $17/hr.

The advantage of a co-op over an internship is the increased level of responsibility received due to the longer duration of the work term. Co-ops are able to work on larger and complex projects that require more time to complete.

Please see the FAQ for answers to common questions. The co-op credit applies toward graduation requirements differently in each department. See how your credit(s) can apply.

Summer Internships

The Summer Internship is for students seeking engineering employment during the summer months. These 12-14 week assignments provide students exposure to engineering while enabling the employer to fill short-term project needs.