Wentworth offers one of the most comprehensive cooperative education (co-op) programs of its kind in the nation. 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 enroll in and complete Co-op Institute, a co-op preparation course that is offered in the spring and fall semesters. 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.
Important Upcoming Co-op Dates:
|Semester begins (first official start date of co-op)
||Monday, January 10
||Wednesday, May 11
|Last day to report your hire
||Tuesday, January 18
||Wednesday, May 18
|Latest employment start date
||Monday, January 24
||Monday, May 23
|Co-op assessment due – student & employer
||Tuesday, April 12
||Tuesday, August 9
|Last day of official co-op semester
||Tuesday, April 26
||Wednesday, August 17
- With the exception of Architecture, Applied Mathematics, Electromechanical Engineering, and 3 year program Computer Science majors, 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, Electromechanical Engineering, and 3 year program Computer Science majors, students may complete an optional co-op the summer following their sophomore year. Note that optional co-ops cannot be applied toward the graduation requirement.
- Architecture majors will complete their co-ops during the summer after their sophomore year and the spring of their junior year.
- 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.
- Electromechanical Engineering is transitioning from a five-year program (when students completed their required co-ops during the summers between their fourth and fifth years). Within the 4 year program, students will follow the typical co-op schedule, spring of junior year and fall of senior year.
- Students in the new 3 year program for Computer Science may complete an optional co-op the summer following their first year, and their required co-ops in the summer after their second year and the spring of their third year.
- 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.
- 31% of the class of 2020 were offered post-graduate full-time employment by their co-op employer(s).
- 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).
- International students are not allowed to participate in a co-op in the cannabis industry. It is a violation of federal immigration laws for a foreign national to have anything to do with marijuana cultivation.