Cooperative Education (Co-Op)

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Cooperative Education Programs

Cooperative Education (co-op) is a partnership between the employer, the student, and the Whitacre College of Engineering. Employers gain the opportunity to recruit and evaluate students early, students gain invaluable job experience and training, and the University builds relationships with companies that help us stay informed about the latest advances in engineering.

How Co-Op Works

Before deciding if a co-op is right for your company, consider the expectations we have for our co-op partners.

  • Provide work experiences related to the student's degree
  • Provide appropriate support and evaluation
  • Provide a wage appropriate for the skill level of the position

Students typically start a co-op after their sophomore year. Students are encouraged to complete three, one-semester tours with the same company. By alternating semesters at work and at school, students have the opportunity to take on increasing responsibility with each tour. Some employers prefer back-to-back work terms, and we allow this for spring/summer or summer/fall If this schedule does not meet your needs, we can discuss other options.

Exact academic requirements for students going on co-ops are usually determined through their department advisor. Please encourage any co-op student you hire to visit their academic advisor for advising on how the co-op will fit in to their degree requirements.

Employer Benefits

Being a part of our co-op program has unique advantages for employers.

  • Identify, evaluate, and recruit talented students early
  • Increase on-campus awareness of your company's culture
  • Build a relationship with Texas Tech

Getting Involved

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