Cooperative Education (Co-op)

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 complete list of requirements are available here.

Co-op Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  • Minimum GPA 2.2
  • Must be in good academic and conduct standing
  • Must receive permission from their academic advisor
  • Must have completed their first year at Michigan Tech (transfer
    students most complete one semester in residence 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 exams).

Semester Start Dates End Dates
Spring 2020 Monday, January 6 - Monday, January 20 Friday, April 24 - Friday, May 8
Full-Summer 2020 Monday, May 4 - Monday, May 18 Friday, August 14 - Friday, August 28
Summer 2020 A Monday, May 4 - Monday, May 18 Friday, June 26 - Friday, July 10
Summer 2020 B Monday, June 22 - Monday, July 6 Friday, August 14 - Friday, August 28
Fall 2020 Monday, August 24 - Monday, September 7 Friday, December 11 - Friday, December 25

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.