Student Info for Co-op

Co-op Application Form

ENGR 3190 Cooperative Education Application Form

Important Dates & Co-op Meetings for Spring 2022

Wednesday, 02/02/22 – Introduction to Co-op, 5:00 PM | IGRM 4104

Wednesday, 02/09/22 – Resume Writing Workshop, 5:00 PM | IGRM 4104

Monday, 02/14/22 – Tesla Event, 6:00 PM | LBJ Teaching Theatre

Wednesday, 02/16/22 – Interviewing Skills Workshop, 5:00 PM | IGRM 4104

Wednesday, 02/23/22 – Business, Science, & Tech Career Fair, 1:00 PM | LBJ Ballroom

Thursday, 02/24/22 – Construction, Concrete & Engineering Career Fair | LBJ Ballroom

Thursday, 03/03/22 – TXST Virtual Career Fair | Online

Friday, 03/04/22 – TXST Virtual Summer Job Fair | Online

Wednesday, 03/23/22 – LinkedIn Workshop | IGRM 4104

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Internships

    Co-ops

    Full- or part-time

    Full-time or part-time

    Paid or unpaid positions

    Paid positions, frequently higher salaries, and higher levels of responsibility

    Typically, a summer position, thus shorter and less training

    Alternating semesters of school and work, thus more training and opportunities across functions

    May, or may not involve the university

    Joint ventures between the university, employer, and student

    May, or may not receive course credit

    Earn course credit 

    Earnings impact the EFC for FAFSA

    In the student income section of the EFC worksheet for FAFSA, co-op earnings are subtracted from total student income; co-op earnings will not impact the EFC!

    Probably not full-time student status

    Full-time student status, you will not lose financial aid.

     

    • Consult with Dr. Michelle Londa, co-op coordinator, or Ms. Elisa DeFord, Career Services Liaison to the CoSE, to discuss co-ops and to help write/revise your resume.
    • Attend on-campus events, such as the Engineering and Technology Career Fair, which are held each fall and spring semester.
    • Join a student organization and attend seminars and plant trips to prospective employers.
    • Develop a LinkedIn profile and search for and contact alumni at companies where you would like to work.
    • Research companies on the internet and apply for their open positions.
    • Ask your family and friends to help you; they may work for a great company or know someone who does.
    • No, but there is a small fee (~$300) to register for ENGR 3190. 
    • You will earn 1 credit towards your upper engineering credits each time you co-op full-time.
    • And you will maintain full-time student status so that you will not lose financial aid.
    • Students do not typically take classes during the semesters that they co-op full-time (> 35 hours per week). 
    • We encourage co-op students to focus on their co-op and recharge their batteries.
    • Part-time co-op (20-25 hours per week) during back-to-back fall and spring semesters is permissible upon approval from the co-op coordinator, Dr. Michelle Londa.
    • Enrollment in Capstone Senior Design is not permissible during a full-time co-op. 
    • Enrollment in Capstone Senior Design during a part-time co-op is permissible upon approval from the co-op coordinator in consultation with the Senior Design Coordinator.
    • The average co-op salary is $20 per hour. The range of salaries for Ingram School of Engineers co-op is $10 per hour up to $45 per hour. 
    • An average of 16 weeks is worked during the fall or spring semesters. A standard 40 hours per week equates to $12,800 average earning during long semesters.
    • An average of 12 weeks is worked during summer semesters. A standard 40 hours per week equates to $9,600 average earnings during the summer.
    • A significant portion of your tuition and living expenses can be paid with your co-op earnings, thus decreasing the amount of debt incurred during college!
    • Employers typically hire students who have completed their sophomore level courses for co-op.
    • Traditional schedules where students alternate between academic and co-op semesters are available.
    • Back-to-back schedules where students co-op during spring-summer or summer-fall semesters are also available.
    • Up to 3 credits of ENGR 3190 Cooperative Education can be used toward your upper engineering elective credits.
    • Dozens of companies have hired co-op students from the Ingram School of Engineering, including Apple, AMD, Austin Energy, Caterpillar, Dell, Emerson, Lockheed Martin, and NASA
    • Many companies provide living arrangements or a housing stipend if your co-op is outside the Austin-San Antonio corridor.
    • A housing subsidy may be negotiated during the hiring process.

More Info:

  • Electrical Engineering Program:
    2 credits of co-op (2 semesters of ENGR 3190) and 3 upper engineering elective courses meet 11 credit program requirements.
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Programs:
    3 credits of co-op (3 semesters of ENGR 3190) and 3 upper engineering elective courses meet 12 credit program requirements.
  • Civil Engineering Program:
    3 credits of co-op and/or undergraduate research can be combined to meet upper engineering elective course requirements.
  • Part-time co-op is defined as 20-30 hours per week through fall and spring. ENGR 3190 is taken in the spring for 1 credit.
  • Employers typically post their positions in Handshake and/or attend a Career Fair to hire co-ops approximately three months before the co-op period for which they are hiring. For example, employers attend career fairs and interview candidates in late September and the month of October for a January-start or May-start co-op assignment.

Example Student Schedules

Alternating Co-op Student Schedule

Fall Spring Summer
Year 1
Fall
Classes
Spring
Classes
Summer
Vacation/Research/Study Abroad/Work/Classes
Year 2
Fall
Classes
Spring
Classes
Summer
Vacation/Research/Study Abroad/Work/Classes
Year 3
Fall
Co-op 1
Spring
Classes
Summer
Co-op 2
Year 4
Fall
Classes
Spring
Co-op 3
Summer
Vacation/Research/Study Abroad/Work/Classes
Year 5
Fall
Classes
Spring
Classes
Summer
GRADUATE

Back-to-Back Co-op Student Schedule

Fall Spring Summer
Year 1
Fall
Classes
Spring
Classes
Summer
Vacation/Research/Study Abroad/Work/Classes
Year 2
Fall
Classes
Spring
Classes
Summer
Vacation/Research/Study Abroad/Work/Classes
Year 3
Fall
Classes
Spring
Classes
Summer
Co-op 1
Year 4
Fall
Co-op 2
Spring
Classes
Summer
Co-op 3
Year 5
Fall
Classes
Spring
Classes
Summer
GRADUATE

Co-op Application Form

ENGR 3190 Cooperative Education Application Form