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Cooperative (Co-op) Education Program & Internships

The University of Kentucky College of Engineering strongly encourages students to gain experience in their field, because we understand the value such opportunities bring to a student’s professional and academic development. This is done through two main options, an internship and the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op).

Co-op Education Program

Co-ops are full-time, paid positions and our co-op employers are prepared to give co-op students increasingly more responsibility with each rotation. We understand Co-op as a multi-term agreement, usually with the same employer. Traditionally, co-ops fulfill three work terms and alternate them with school semesters. The result is a robust five-year degree program that allows students to show potential employers one full year of employment in an engineering capacity.


An internship is usually a one-time work assignment that takes place in the summer; however, students could also intern on a part-time basis during the academic semester. Internships can be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, depending on the employer and the career field.

To learn more about how to find an internship or a co-op position, contact Zachary Fuqua, who directs the college's co-op and internship programs.