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Getting Started

While the Case School of Engineering Co-op office is working with employers to get your résumé in their hands and lengthen the list of available opportunities, there are things you can do to ensure your co-op provides you with the best possible experience. We recommend that you get involved with the engineering community at CWRU starting with your first year on campus and continuing involvement until the time of your first co-op.

First year students

  1. Visit the Career Center (Sears 229) on campus for guidance on building a strong résumé.
  2. Keep up your GPA and utilize campus resources if you need extra help.
  3. Get involved in engineering student groups and projects. Employers look for students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for engineering.
  4. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss scheduling your co-op semesters.
  5. Attend CWRU career fairs and other networking events to start building a network of potential co-op employers.
  6. Attend a co-op information meeting to learn about the program and hear from students who’ve successfully completed a co-op, and stop by our office, Nord 312, to introduce yourself.
  7. Obtain a summer internship to build your résumé and learn new skills.

Engineering or science students who have completed 3–4 semesters are eligible to apply to the co-op program.

Upper class students

  1. Attend a co-op information session to learn about the application process.
  2. Meet with your faculty co-op advisor to adjust your curriculum to accommodate your co-op.
  3. Attend Pre-Op development classes.
  4. Apply to co-op positions.

Students with special circumstances or concerns about the requirements are welcome to meet with the Engineering Co-op Director, Genine Apidone, for further consideration.

Dual-degree/Transfer Students

Dual-degree (formerly known as 3-2 Engineering) Program and transfer students must complete at least one semester of coursework at Case before admission to the Co-op Program. Dual-degree and transfer students are only obligated to complete one seven-month co-op assignment.

Co-op Timing Options

Two co-ops are encouraged but not required. If you opt for a second co-op, you may return to your first company or apply for a different experience. The co-op does not add or reduce the amount of necessary coursework, but rearranges the academic course load. Below are two co-op rotation examples that could accommodate your curriculum design:


Check with your academic advisor to design your curriculum to work with an option that best fits your schedule.