How to Register for a 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 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.


  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 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.


  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

In order to be registered in a co-op course, you must complete all of the appropriate co-op forms. Forms must be downloaded and electronically completed. These forms accept digital signatures and all signatures are required. Career Services will sign their sections upon receipt of the completed forms to

International Students: Once the registration process is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a Google form for CPT and a new I-20. International Programs & Services will process your I-20 and will notify you when it is ready.

Step 1

Read and electronically complete the Cooperative Education Program Student Information & Checklist.

Please send the following forms to your advisor and financial aid to fill out. For graduate students, you may have your academic advisor or your graduate advisor fill out the academic advisor form.

The Financial Aid and Advisor Forms can be accessed through the checklist but are also available here for your convenience:
Financial Aid form
Advisor form

Step 2 

Please sign this agreement form with your employer and yourself. When you submit this form to us, we fill out the MTU signature portion. If the signature is needed by your employer, please note that when you submit the form. 

Download, read, and electronically complete the Cooperative Education Program Agreement.

Step 3

Send your offer letter including your start and end dates to Make sure your start and end dates are in within the allowable dates in our guidelines.

Step 4 

Read the Co-op Handbook.