Cooperative Education is an academic program designed to complement a student's formal education with practical work experience directly related to the student's major. Co-ops alternate semesters of on-campus study with semesters of full-time employment.
No, participating in the co-op program is not mandatory, although it is beneficial for the student and the employer. About 86-97% of an engineering class at the University of Akron participates in the co-op program.
The registration fee through ZipLine is $55 for the semester.
Yes, you are considered a full-time student even though the co-op "class" is credit/no credit. If you need a letter for insurance, university housing, or scholarship to show your full-time status, please let us know and we will provide one.
Once you are signed up in our office, your resume is sent to various companies seeking your engineering discipline. The employers prescreen students and let the Engineering Co-op Office know who they are interested in interviewing. Then, the students are notified about the interview opportunity.
The first round of interviews for a company usually takes place on campus. For these on-campus interviews, students are to report to the Engineering Co-op Office a few minutes before their scheduled interview time. After the first set of interviews, the employers have the students come to the company for an off-campus interview. Shortly after interviewing, employers extend offers to the students. Some companies may also conduct phone interviews as a prescreen of possible candidates.
Yes, you can co-op locally, in Ohio, or even out of the state. We have companies in over twenty states.
The University of Akron
College of Engineering
Auburn Science & Engineering Center
Akron, OH 44325-3901
Director, Cooperative Engineering Education
Coordinator, Engineering Co-op and Placement