Engineering Co-op Program

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An Engineer's Connection to Expanded Experience

The engineering co-op at Case Western Reserve University provides a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on, paid experience relevant to their course of study. Co-op also gives employers a head start on meeting and training potential future hires and benefitting from CWRU students’ technical and creative contributions.

Co-op is a full-time, two-semester-long, paid work experience. While co-ops typically require a student to remain in school for a fifth year, the opportunity accelerates and inspires intellectual, personal, and professional development through meaningful work in a position relevant to your field of study—which prepares you to be a top-tier candidate in your job search.

Co-op is voluntary. You may work in one or two co-ops, beginning in your third year of study. Co-op is a formalized academic program and is considered an extension of the classroom that adds a unique dimension to your comprehensive education. Co-op is non-credit, however, proper registration for co-op maintains your full-time student status.

We encourage you to begin preparing for your co-op during your first year at CWRU by talking to your academic advisor, utilizing resources in the university’s Career Center, getting involved in engineering groups or projects, attending career fairs and networking events, and finding a summer job.

During the semester prior to your co-op, you will receive guidance and coaching from the Engineering Co-op Program to better prepare you for a successful and enriching co-op experience. Employers interested in setting up a co-op are encouraged to plan early and contact the Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice office to get started.


The CWRU co-op program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education (ACCE). CWRU was granted the honor of being re-accredited through 2014 during ACCE’s annual meeting in May 2009. The Case Co-op Program was first accredited in 2000.