Co-ops and Internships

All completed paperwork must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start date!

For offers received after Dec. 12th, you must submit your completed paperwork to co-op@mtu.edu as soon as possible for us to process. The forms are digital and available online. Digital signatures are accepted. 

Documents we MUST HAVE in order to process your co-op:

  1. Checklist: completed, boxes checked, signed by you and your advisor

  2. Offer Letter: INCLUDING start and end dates

  3. Co-op Agreement: signed by you and your company

Plan on your start date being Jan. 11th - Jan. 17th to be sure your I-20 can be processed in time.

Co-op applications are a collaboration of 4 offices and can take 1-2 weeks. Once registration is complete we will send you an email with a link to a google form for CPT to obtain your I-20. I-20’s are processed through IPS.

Keep IN MIND:

  1. I-20s are not being processed from December 21 through January 3.  It can take more than a week to process paperwork, so if your start date is Jan. 17th, we will only accept paperwork until Jan. 9th AT THE LATEST. 

  2. Collect your advisor's approval/signature now and start filling out your forms so they are ready if an offer comes through. 

  3. Send us your M# right away. Once we have your M# we can start the conduct approval process immediately. 

  4. Your advisor can email approval to us at co-op@mtu.edu in lieu of a signature on the form. 

  5. Get the information to us as it comes to you. Do not wait to submit everything at the last moment.

PLANNING TO GO ABROAD OVER BREAK:

  1. The ABSOLUTE last day to start a co-op is Jan. 17th (as the 16th is MLK day). There will be no exceptions made to this date. 

We know these opportunities are important and we will do what we can to process your paperwork as quickly as possible. Keep us informed over the holidays as things progress. Best of luck!



Full summer co-ops must start between May 1 - May 22, 2023 and end Aug. 4-25, 2023.
Track A summer co-ops must start between May 1-15 2023, and end June 23 - July 7, 2023.
Track B summer co-ops must start between June 19 - July 3, 2023 and end Aug. 11-25, 2023

Fall co-ops must start between August 21 - Sept. 5, 2023 and end Dec. 8-22, 2023

Co-ops and internships are an effective way for students to gain off-campus work experience that
complements their academic education. One of the best ways to determine whether a major is right for you is to work in that field. Experiential learning is a valuable experience for career exploration. Find out what you like, and just as important, find out what you don’t like. 

A co-op is a joint venture between the student, the University, and the employer, and lasts a
minimum of one academic semester. Students earn credit in an online course where they reflect on
professional growth and work experiences while interacting with Career Services staff and other co-op students.

An internship is arranged by the student and the employer. It typically occurs during the summer
and may be eligible for credit.

The Enterprise Program, undergraduate research, and project experience can provide experiential learning right on campus.

 “My co-op helped me explore a whole new area in automotive engineering. It also helped me improve my communication and negotiations skills with suppliers.”

Sai on co-op
Sia Prudhvi Nagireddy
Mechanical Eng Co-op at Daimler Trucks North America - Portland, OR