HANDS ON EXPERIENCE THAT WILL GET YOU HIRED
A co-op is full-time, temporary employment in your field of study that enables you to apply classroom learning to professional work experience. At Wentworth a co-op must be 32-40 hours per week and must be completed between the first day of classes and the last day of finals during the semester you are working.
Wentworth offers one of the most comprehensive cooperative education (co-op) programs of its kind in the nation. A co-op is full-time, temporary employment in your field of study that enables you to apply classroom learning to professional work experience. Unlike most schools, co-op at Wentworth is a requirement: all undergraduate day students must successfully complete two co-op semesters in order to graduate.
You will have plenty of support to help you achieve your professional goals. Your first step is to complete the seven-week Co-op Institute seminar. Additionally, your dedicated Co-op + Career Advisor will work with you on résumé writing, job-search strategies, and interviewing techniques. We also provide annual career fairs, a mock interview event, online job search tools, and on-campus recruiting.
- All undergraduate day students are required to complete two co-ops
- With the exception of Architecture, Applied Mathematics, and Electromechanical Engineering, all students must complete their required co-ops in the spring semester of their junior year and the fall semester of their senior year.
- With the exception of Architecture, Applied Mathematics, and Electromechanical Engineering, students may complete an optional co-op the summer following their sophomore year, and a second optional co-op after they have completed the two required co-ops; note that optional co-ops cannot be applied toward the graduation requirement.
- Applied Mathematics majors (3-year program) will complete their co-ops during the summer semester following their sophomore year and the spring semester of their final year.
- Architecture majors will complete their co-ops during the spring semester of their sophomore year and the summer semester of their junior year.
- Electromechanical Engineering is a five-year program, and students complete their required co-ops during the summers between their fourth and fifth years.
- If your co-op is local, you can choose to live on campus during it, maintaining close connections to friends and Wentworth activities.
- Your co-op experiences will be directly related to your field of study, allowing you to tie your coursework to concrete knowledge developed in the workplace.
- Almost 60% of the class of 2016 were offered post-graduate full-time employment by their co-op employer.
- During your co-op experiences, you earn income and not pay tuition, allowing you to save toward future semesters.
- Eligibility for co-ops is determined by your class standing and cumulative GPA (check the academic catalogue for your major’s requirement).