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Experiential Learning and Professional Engagement (ELPE) - Oakland Campus

This guide is designed to provide career-building resources for students in the Co-operative Education Program at the Swanson School.

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Welcome! This guide provides information about the Co-op Program at the Swanson School of Engineering.

So, just what IS the co-op? Cooperative Education is the rotation between school and full-time work assignments that relate directly to your engineering, chemistry, or computer science discipline. The program enables you to complement classroom studies with practical experience, technical knowledge, and financial reward.


  • Students typically alternate between full-time work and full-time school.
  • Students earn one credit for each term worked; upon completion of terms, credits can be used towards departmental graduation requirements.
  • Students usually remain with the same employer while participating in co-op. It is possible and not difficult to change companies, but our philosophy is that by staying with the same company, you will receive more in-depth and challenging assignments.
  • Our positions are with employers who are local, national and international.
  •  Students who complete the co-op requirements receive certification on their transcript.
  • Transfer students can participate in co-op.
  • The one credit co-op course keeps you enrolled with a full-time status.
  • Students do not pay tuition while on a co-op assignment, but a modest fee.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are received during the school terms only.
  •  Participation in co-op will most likely not affect your participation in a study abroad program or other student activities.

         **These deadlines are established with the student's best interests in mind. It is still possible for a student to apply after the deadline, however, the student will have missed out on opportunities.