The University of Texas at Austin

Engineering Career Assistance Center


Undergraduate students can gain significant technical experience in the engineering industry before graduation through the Cooperative Engineering Education Program, or Co-op, an experiential learning program. Co-op students complete at least two semesters of full-time work with the same employer and receive one hour of letter grade credit per semester.

By integrating multiple semesters of engineering work experience with on-campus study, co-op students enhance their classroom knowledge through practical application of theories to real-world issues. Co-op students explore specific interests within their academic discipline and refine their post-graduation goals. At the same time, co-op allows students to earn a competitive salary, which can be used to help finance their education.

Returning to the same employer for subsequent experiences gives students access to more challenging and in-depth projects while building a long-term relationship with the employer. It also allows co-op employers to evaluate potential permanent hires over an extended period of time, provides a continual pipeline of bright young people, and a cost-effective method for completing engineering tasks.


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Co-op Contact Information

Engineering Co-op Office

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512-471-9083 fax

ECJ 2.400

Office Hours: 9 a.m.-noon, 1-4:30 p.m.

Spring 2014 Co-op Information Sessions

You must attend an information session before you can apply.

Information sessions will be:

Tuesday, January 21, 4-5pm, ECJ 1.202

Thursday, January 23, 5-6pm, CPE 2.210

Monday, February 3, 10-11am, CPE 2.210

Tuesday, February 4, 4-5pm, ECJ 1.202,

Thursday, February 6, 1-2pm, CPE 2.216

The Co-op Application Deadline is Friday, February 7


Peter Schulte, a senior aerospace engineering major, received the Student of the Year Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA)

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