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Co-ops and Internships

One of the best ways to determine if a major is right for you is to give it a try. Experiential learning is the most valuable strategy for career exploration. You find out what you like, and just as important, you find out what you don’t like. The Enterprise Program, undergraduate research, and project experience provide experiential learning right on campus.


An internship is an industry-based work experience that typically occurs in the summer. This job is arranged by you and a company and is not for academic credit.

Cooperative Education

A co-op, or cooperative education, is a joint venture between yourself, the university, and your employer. It usually occurs during a fall or spring semester and frequently includes a summer internship. As a co-op student, you’ll work for an employer and earn academic credit in the process. Work assignments are intended to be related to your major, but are varied to provide a range of experience and training. Employers must provide co-op students with challenging paid work. You’ll work closely with your supervisor to learn and complete required evaluations. 

You’ll also be enrolled in a Canvas course requiring online discussions, written assignments, evaluations, and a final report. These courses are offered fall, spring, and summer semesters for undergraduate and graduate students.

Once you receive an offer letter for a co-op, apply for co-op credits through Career Services. Application materials and the complete list of requirements are available here.

Co-ops can be easy to fit into your time here at Michigan Tech, but please speak with your advisors. They will help you fit them into your course/degree schedule.

Co-op Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  • Minimum GPA 2.2
  • At least second-year standing (30+ credits)
  • Good academic and social standing

Graduate Students

  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Full-time student while applying and participating
  • Good academic and social standing

Start and End Dates

Start Dates One week prior to the start of the semester through Monday, Week 3
End Dates No earlier than the last day of regular classes for the semester in which you are working

The job search and application process for co-ops and internships is similar to other jobs. Companies use the job title to indicate whether they are searching for full-time, co-op, or internship positions. HuskyJOBS will also make this clear in the job posting. Submit all of the documents—including current résumé—for the job posting.

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