Co-ops and Internships

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, engineering-related experiences in business, industry, education, or government that are recognized by the College of Engineering.  


  • 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. *Engineering internships and co-ops that are documented on your transcript can count toward your Professional Engineering (PE) license. 

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 several ways including career fairs, job search sites, applying directly through the company's website, networking, personal connections, and Handshake (the University of Iowa’s primary online recruiting system). 

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Study Abroad

Many of the top employers for the University of Iowa’s industrial engineers (IE) have already or are currently expanding into the global market. Since it is likely that your future career will require you to communicate and work within various cultural contexts, it’s important to develop an appreciation for cultural diversity. 

As an industrial engineering major, there are many study abroad options available to you. From short-term, faculty-led programs to full-year direct enrollment in an international university, there are plenty of opportunities for you to pursue both your academic and extracurricular interests abroad. 

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