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Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program

The Co-op program is the traditional career development option for undergraduates and serves all nine undergraduate majors in the UK College of Engineering.

The UK College of Engineering offers an optional co-op program. Students typically work full-time for a minimum of three semesters. Co-op semesters alternate with academic semesters.

Undergraduate students can gain  valuable experience through a co-op opportunity. Our goal is to provide students with at least 12 months of work experience while they continue to make progress toward an academic degree in engineering. The co-op program integrates theory learned in the classroom with its practical application in industry. Co-op rotations help students obtain transferable skills, such as communication, leadership, presentation, teamwork and social skills. Students get a glimpse of “real life” as an engineer.

Completing the co-op program requires extra commitment, especially in terms of time, to earn a degree while gaining nearly a year of valuable experience. However, it is worth it. Some benefits of a co-op are:

  • Nearly a year of full-time work experience
  • Salaries that average $20/hr
  • Enhanced academic knowledge and professional skills
  • Academic credit
  • Higher GPA
  • Higher starting salary
  • More job offers upon graduation

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide students with at least 12 months of work experience while they continue to make progress toward an academic degree in engineering. The co-op program integrates theory learned in the classroom with its practical application in industry.

We also strive to provide industry with the students needed to maintain a skilled and wel- educated workforce. Our employers get a chance to mentor a student, leverage that student's knowledge and skills in ways that benefit the company and possibly hire him or her after graduation.

Through co-ops, we help students obtain transferable skills, such as communication, leadership, presentation, teamwork and social skills. Students get a glimpse of “real life” as an engineer.