How is a co-op different from an internship?
Students who participate in the Ole Miss Engineering co-op program often spend either a full academic year or a full calendar year working in a position related to their field of study. Internships usually last one summer and can be paid or unpaid, engineering-related or not. Read how one student’s internship led to a great job after graduation.
Engineering students typically begin a co-op following their sophomore or junior year when they have completed enough major-specific courses to contribute in a professional setting. Students can participate in an internship as early as the summer after their freshman year depending on company requirements.
Can I keep my scholarships?
Yes. While you are on co-op, your regular 8-semester scholarships and awards will be put on hold. When you return to campus for a full academic semester, they will be re-instated.
Will I get paid during the terms I’m at work?
Yes! All co-op students are paid. Most co-op students make $20+/hour plus housing assistance. Most internships offer at least $15/hour although some are unpaid.
Where will I live if the co-op is out of town?
If outside of Oxford, the student usually lives in a rental apartment. Some companies offer housing assistance in the form of a company-leased apartment. Others provide a housing stipend and assist students in finding housing for the duration of the work term.
Will I graduate in four years if I do a co-op?
Participation in a co-op usually delays anticipated graduation by one full year. However, having one full year of work experience on your resume will make you a competitive candidate in the job market.
How much will it cost?
Ole Miss costs for the student include:
- A course fee of $65 for C_OP 300, a 1-hr course administered by the Dean’s Office with benefits of a tuition scholarship for enrolled students.
- A pro-rated Capital Improvements Fee and Student Activity Fee (approximately $10) for each co-op assignment.
- Additional fees may be charged to the student’s bursar account, as applicable, including Greek fees, housing fees, Flex Dollars, meal plans, pre-existing balance or late fees, etc.
Download this budgeting spreadsheet to estimate expenses while participating in a co-op or internship.
The Dean’s Office recommends attending the Fall and Spring Engineering, Manufacturing, and Technology Career Fair to meet prospective employers. Students can also access available positions through Handshake, the university’s on-line job-search platform. The UM Career Center located in 303 Martindale is available to provide assistance.
Megan Upchurch Miller
Career Planning Specialist