Co-ops and Internships

Co-ops and Internships

College credit. Real-world experience. A foot in the door at a Fortune 500 company. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of an opportunity like that?

Our students are crazy smart and companies know it. That’s why we provide a database of more than 4,000 employers looking for students to fill positions during both the academic year and summer.

What is a Co-op?

A co-op is a joint venture among Michigan Tech, a selected employer, and you. By participating in a co-op you will earn a paycheck and academic credit, as well as the inside track to a full-time position once you graduate. Here are just a few examples of what our students have done on their co-op experiences...

  • Working for the Michigan Department of Transportation on a $68 million interstate highway project, a civil engineering student oversaw contractors to assure materials and installation were up to standards.
  • A marketing major obtained a position with a company in Germany and was selected to make presentations to 135 prospective clients at a conference in London, England.
  • A biomedical engineering student worked with a consulting firm to maintain and supply the hardware that tests the water, air, and surfaces of NASA’s International Space Center in Houston, Texas.
  • Students majoring in computer science, scientific and technical communication, computer network and system administration, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering have benefited from co-op and internship experiences with Ford Motor Company, GE Aviation, GS Engineering—even Consistacom right here in Houghton.

What is an Internship?

An internship is a learning experience that typically takes place over the summer months. Students usually are paid for their work in an internship, and gain invaluable “on the job” experience in a position directly related to the field they’re looking to one day enter. Internships usually don’t award academic credit.

Learn more about Michigan Tech’s Cooperative Education Program!