School of Engineering Departments

I have a co-op offer, now what?

Congratulations! Before accepting an offer for employment in an engineering co-op assignment, students should review the requirements and policies below. Then submit the Application for Engineering Co-op Program. Students may also submit the Engineering Co-op Financial Aid Agreement to determine if they are eligible for additional federal aid.

Eligibility Requirements

Sabin Timsina, Electrical Engineering
SOAIR, Inc. in Oxford, MS
  • Candidates for co-op must be enrolled and in good standing with School of Engineering
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative overall GPA
  • A formal offer of employment to work a minimum of 37.5 hours per week for the full duration of the term as defined by the UM Academic Calendar or a minimum of 12 weeks during the Full Summer Term.

Co-op Policies

  • Participation in the co-op program is highly recommended, but not required to fulfill degree requirements.
  • The co-op program is designed for undergraduate engineering students.
  • There are three designated work terms per year including Fall semester, Spring semester, and Full Summer Term. Students are not required to participate in all three term. Employment opportunities for co-op may be completed in singular, consecutive, or alternating terms. Work assignments and duration will be determined in coordination with the employer, the student, and the Dean’s Office.
  • During the approved co-op assignment, participating students will be administratively enrolled in C_OP 300 by the Dean’s Office. Enrollment in this web-based course establishes full-time student status and provides support for the student during the co-op assignment.
  • Students enrolled in C-OP 300 are required to complete ALL assignments presented in the Blackboard course in order to receive a passing grade. The course is assessed on a pass/fail grading scale.
  • Student’s regular 8-semester scholarships and financial aid awards will be put on hold during approved co-op assignments. Upon return for a regular academic semester, all awards will be re-instated.
  • For students desiring to apply co-op work experience to their professional engineering internship with the Mississippi Board of PE/PS Licensure, the State Board decided in February 2010 to grant 3 months experience to applicants who have completed a co-op program (through an ABET accredited degree program) of at least 26 weeks. The State Board verification procedure requires a letter from the Dean’s Office stating that the student completed the program.
Brenna Sit, Chemical Engineering, ExxonMobil in Houston, TX

How much will it cost?

C_OP 300 is a 1-hr course administered by the Dean’s Office with benefits of a tuition scholarship for enrolled students. Students are responsible for paying a course fee of $65 plus 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.

Use this spreadsheet to budget for expenses while participating in a co-op or internship.

Students and employers network at the semi-annual Engineering, Manufacturing, and Technology Career Fair

Where to find a co-op

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.