A co-op is a full-time, paid experience related to a student’s major/field of study that lasts a minimum of six months and upwards of eight months.
An intern works at a company or organization for a fixed period of time, usually three to six months. Some students will have a part-time internship working at the office for just a few days or hours per week. Others will have full-time internships, meaning they work the same hours as the company's full-time employees.
Testimonials from Students
Lael Kutame, Biomedical Engineer '24, Co-Op
Maya Johnson, Biomedical Engineer '23, Co-Op
Samantha Martin, Chemical Engineer '24, Co-Op
Hunter Heath, Electrical Engineer '24, Internship
Peter Chinburg ’21, a mechanical engineering major with an entrepreneurship minor, secured a fall semester away co-op at Ecosystem in New York City.
Ecosystem is a Canadian-based company that focuses on large-scale energy efficiency retrofitting for old buildings and campuses. Since 1993, Ecosystem has grown to include three locations in Canada —Quebec City, Montreal, and Toronto — and two locations in the United States — Boston and New York City. They have improved over 1,600 infrastructures that has saved $527 million in energy costs.
Geetika Verma ’21 has secured an away opportunity with Johnson & Johnson in Southern New Jersey.
For more than 130 years, Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest and most broadly based health-care company, has aimed to put the needs and well-being of their customers first. With more than 130,000 employees worldwide, they have developed a wide range of consumer and pharmaceutical products and medical devices.
Learn more about Geetika's experience as a technology co-op with Johnson & Johnson
After completing her sophomore year, Maggie McAuliffe, an industrial and management engineering major, spent her Spring semester interning at BorgWarner, a propulsion system leader for combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicles.
Learn what Maggie McAuliffe did to secure a semester-away internhsip so early
Sydney did a fall semester away internship at Pacific Northwest National Labs under the Chemical Dynamics Initiative in Richland, Washington.
With over 5,300 scientists, engineers, and professional staff members, Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) is a leader in scientific discovery, sustainable energy, and national security. Founded in 1965, PNNL is organized into five core areas, including chemical and materials sciences; computational and mathematical sciences; earth and biological sciences; engineering; and user facilities and advanced instrumentation.
Learn about Sydney's experience working in a lab that focused on the analysis of materials’ microstructure characterization data
Alex Christoforides ’21, a computer science major, completed his fall semester away internship opportunity at MathWorks in the Natick, Massachusetts, Lakeside Campus.
Best known for developing MATLAB and Simulink, MathWorks specializes in creating mathematical computing software. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs over 5,000 staff members in 29 global locations.
Lisa Sulmasy ’21, a mechanical engineering major, secured a fall semester away internship at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).
As a mechanical engineering major placed in the ocean engineering department at CCOM/JHC, Sulmasy had the opportunity to work on projects that encompassed the ocean as well as mechanical and electrical engineering, offering a multidisciplinary approach to real-world engineering projects.
Read more about Lisa's advice to start looking for internships early