Cooperative Education (Co-op)

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 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.

While on co-op, your 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 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 steps to register can be found here.

If your co-op is extending an additional semester, please contact co-op@mtu.edu for further information. New materials to submit are advisor approval and an updated offer letter

Co-op Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  • Minimum GPA 2.0
  • Must be in good academic and conduct standing
  • Must receive permission from their academic advisor
  • Must have completed at least one semester at Michigan Tech

Graduate Students

  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Must be in good academic and conduct standing
  • Must have completed at least one semester at Michigan Tech
  • Must receive permission from their academic advisor

International Students - additional United States governmental
requirements apply

  • Must have completed two full time semesters in residence at Michigan Tech
  • Have not completed degree requirements prior to co-op semesters
  • Must obtain a Social Security number from the Secretary of State Office
  • Must have work authorization (CPT)

Start and End Dates

Start Dates

One week prior to the start of the semester through Monday, Week 2 of classes (Fall, Spring, Full Summer semesters)

End Dates

No earlier than the last day of regular classes for the semester in which you are working. Graduating international students, please contact Career Services for more details on end dates (per governmental regulation you may not work past the last day of the semester).

Semester Start Dates End Dates
Fall 2022

Monday, August 22 - 
Tuesday, September 6

Friday, December 9 -
Friday, December 23

Spring 2023

Monday, January 2 -
Tuesday, January 17

Friday, April 21 - 
Friday, May 5

Summer 2023

Monday, May 1 -

Monday, May 22

Friday, August 4 -

Friday, August 25

Summer 2023

Track A

Monday, May 1 -

Monday, May 15

Friday, June 23 -

Friday, July 7

Summer 2023

Track B

Monday, June 19 -

Monday, July 3

Friday, August 11 -

Friday, August 25

Fall 2023

Monday, August 21 -

Monday, September 4

Friday, December 8 -

Friday, December 22

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. Handshake will also make this clear in the job posting. Submit all of the documents—including current résumé—for the job posting.