The Engineering Cooperative Education and Internship program at The University of Iowa supports students as they explore and develop their careers through periods of professional practice. These are professional, institution-supervised, engineering-related experiences in business, industry, education, or government that are recognized by the College of Engineering. The program is structured to have goal setting at the beginning, analysis and reflection at the mid-point, and evaluation and feedback at the end. Experiences range from ten-week summer internships to multi-term co-ops. Students find co-ops and internships in a number of ways: career fairs; the University's on-line recruiting system, Hireahawk; job search sites, applying directly through the company's web site, networking, and personal connections. 

To be competitive when applying for engineering positions, students need to have some type of co-op or internship experience before graduation. All students in the College of Engineering are eligible to participate in the co-op and internship program upon completion of one full semester at the University. Undergraduates seeking this option must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and graduate students must have at least a 3.0. Students are encouraged to begin their search early so that they may acquire a co-op or internship experience starting the summer after their first or second year. Students have completed co-op and internship assignments at many companies around the country and world.

After the student has accepted a co-op or internship position, they need to register their experience with the college for it to be noted on their transcript and documented as experience related to their curriculum. Students' academic records, and the details of the work experience, are reviewed before giving them special permission to register for a 0 semester hour course needed to maintain student status during semester-long positions.

Student Benefits

Career Development: Develop professional and career skills through experience and application
Career Exploration:  Experience and evaluate a variety of positions and organizations
Competitive Edge:  Increase competitiveness and salary for full-time positions
Documentation:  Receive transcript verification for qualified work experience while retaining student status

Employer Benefits - Experiential Education Employer Guide

Technical Skills: Gain professional skills and computer knowledge
Attitude: Gain fresh perspectives and enthusiasm from emerging engineers
Recruiting:  Identify, evaluate, and develop top engineering talent

Course Expectations

The course has 5 total assignments:

  1. The Co-op / Internship Experience Agreement

  2. The Mid-term Analysis & Reflection

  3. Experience Photo(s)

  4. Final Student Evaluation

  5. Final Supervisor Evaluation

For the course you will either receive an incomplete or complete as a grade. The expectation is that you complete all 5 assignments: 3 are online surveys, 1 is a photo, and 1 is a paper.

*Important Reminder: Don't forget to meet with your advisor while on internship or co-op so you are able to register for classes for the upcoming semester.

Salaries & Employers

For more information, contact:

Travis Greenlee
Director, Engineering Career Services
The University of Iowa, College of Engineering
3612 Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts & Sciences
Iowa City, IA 52242