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For Students

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.