Cooperative Education & Internship Program

The Engineering Cooperative Education and Internship program at The University of Iowa supports students as they explore and develop their careers through periods of professional practice.  These are professional, institutionally supervised, engineering-related experiences in business, industry, education, or government that are recognized by the College of Engineering. The program is structured in a way that there is goal setting at the beginning, analysis and reflection at the mid-point, and evaluation and feedback at the end.  Experiences range from ten week summer internships to multi-term co-ops. Students find co-ops and internships in a number of ways -- career fairs; the University's on-line recruiting system, Hireahawk; job search sites, applying directly through the company's web site, networking, and personal connections. 

To be competitive when applying for engineering positions, students need to have some type of ico-op or internship experience prior to graduation. All students in the College of Engineering are eligible to participate in the co-op and internship program upon completion of one full semester at the University. Undergraduates seeking this option must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and graduate students must have a 3.0. Students are encouraged to begin their search early so that they may acquire a co-op or internship experience starting the summer after their first or second year. Students have completed co-op and internship assignments at many companies around the country and world.

After the student has accepted a co-op or internship position, they need to register their experience with the college to be noted on their transcript and documented as experience related to their curriculum. Students' academic records and the details of the work experience are reviewed prior to giving them special permission to register for a 0 SH course needed to maintain student status.

Student Benefits

Career Development: Develop professional and career skills through experience and application
Career Exploration:  Experience and evaluate different positions and organizations
Competitive Edge:  Increase competitiveness for full-time positions at a higher salary
Documentation:  Receive transcript notation for qualified work experience while retaining student status

Employer Benefits - Experiential Education Employer Guide

Technical Skills: Acquire an influx of professional skills and computer knowledge
Attitude: Gain fresh perspectives and enthusiam from emerging engineers
Recruiting:  Identify, evaluate, and develop top engineering talent

Course Syllabus and Forms

Salaries & Employers

For more information, contact:

Travis Greenlee
Director, Engineering Professional Development
The University of Iowa, College of Engineering
3612 Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts & Sciences
Iowa City, IA 52242