Transition from "I'm an engineering major" to "I'm an engineer."
Are you looking for a way to gain valuable hands-on experience in your field and get paid for it? The Case School of Engineering Co-op can be your connection to the world of work. Our office thoroughly vets a broad range of employers to insure co-op opportunities that provide you with a solid learning work experience—enhancing your engineering education by allowing you to apply theory in the workplace.
We coach you throughout the entire co-op process, including informal discussions before you apply, orientation meetings, structured group classes and one-one-one instruction sessions, guidance in evaluating opportunities, and follow-up during and after your co-op. Personal attention is available as needed.
Co-op is voluntary and non-credit. Although you don’t pay tuition during your co-op, you need to register for co-op to maintain full-time student status and for transcript notation.
Pre-Op Period Prepares You for Success
Professional development activities during the semester immediately preceding your co-op inform you about what to expect and help you market yourself to employers.
Pre-Op Group Activities
Information sessions – Provides an overview of the co-op process, application, timeline, resources, overview of other Pre-Op activities, and Q&A.
Pre-Op Development Classes – One-hour classes covering:
Behavioral interviews – 85–90% of employers utilize behavioral style interviews. During this session you can familiarize yourself with common interview questions and learn how to best reflect your talents and résumé strengths through your answers.
Interview etiquette – Learn what you should bring, what to wear, how to follow-up after an interview, and general practices for smooth conversation and confidence during panel, skype, phone, half-day and full-day interviews.
Employer panel discussion – Understand industry expectations from the viewpoints of employers who hire our students. Employers discuss how they expect you to contribute during your co-op, what they look for in résumés, and what it takes to be successful in an organization.
Co-op student panel – Gain insight from students who have recently completed co-ops. Panelists share their experience on topics such as communication skills, professionalism, attitude, leadership, relocating for a co-op, classroom-to-workplace transition, teamwork with differing generations, and the overall value of a co-op.
Additional Personal Assistance
Coaching Sessions – We offer individual coaching regarding topics such as interviews, offers, decision-making, career readiness, and career guidance. We can also help monitor your progress in any phase of your co-op, or assist with special circumstances affecting it.
Geared for Results
Case School of Engineering’s Pre-Op approach prepares you for a successful co-op experience that provides:
A head start on the competition – Graduate with a bachelor’s degree and a year of professional experience. The majority of engineering employers today look for valuable and meaningful work experience on the résumés of full-time candidates.
Clarity for your academic and professional goals – “Test the waters” in a particular field to ensure your academic and professional goals match.
Enhanced classroom knowledge with real-world application – Applying your analytical and problem-solving skills in the workplace provides a well-rounded, educational and professional experience.
An increase in career possibilities at graduation – Make professional contacts with potential employers during your co-op.
Chances to pay off some tuition – Co-ops earn approximately 2/3 of the starting salary of a full-time entry level position. During your co-op, you do not pay tuition or attend classes, giving you the opportunity to focus on your work experience while earning money.