Weldon Co-Op Programs
What is a Co-Op?
A Co-Op is a rotational work experience for undergraduate students that usually includes working at least one fall, spring, and summer semester, for an accumulated twelve-month working experience in industry.
College Co-Op programs are the best way for college students to earn a college degree, gain valuable work experience, make money to pay for college and position themselves for getting a job upon graduation. It’s a building process of learning, working, discovering and earning. Complement book knowledge with real-world experience. Learn on the job and what a particular profession is all about. Put your education into action in a real job, and when you return to the classroom you have a fresh perspective on how to approach your studies. Excerpted from one of the best summaries we've seen on the many benefits of co-oping: Forbes.com.
The Weldon School, along with the Office of Professional Practice, has established Co-Op relationships with a variety of industry partners. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing our students with experiential opportunities that will enhance their engineering education while providing industry partners with knowledgeable and affordable future employees. For more information about how to find a Co-Op and when and how to apply for a Co-Op, check out our Information For Current Students Co-Op page.
First Weldon Co-Op Sets the Standard
Ben Bauer (BSBME 2012) was the first Weldon School Co-Op student in May 2009 at Eli Lilly. “I was able to lead research on mechanical responses of skin in relation to injection methods," said Bauer. "This started out in the lab and progressed to me actually conducting a market research study, followed by a clinical study to prove my results. It was a unique opportunity.” The scope and responsibility of the Co-Op enabled Bauer to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge and abilities, and gave both Bauer and Lilly time to decide if they were a good match. They were. Bauer was offered a job with Lilly, and he is still there working as a development engineer. Read the full story in our spring 2014 newsletter.
Industry partners interested in forming a Co-Op agreement with the Weldon School may contact the Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs, Corey Linkel.