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Engineering Co-ops and Internships
Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities
Co-ops and Internships
Co-ops and internships give undergraduate students practical work experience in their respective academic disciplines. Internships are also available for graduate students. The College collaborates with local employers to place students in part-time positions that allow them to continue their usual course load, or in full-time positions over semesters.
The Co-op/Internship Office administers the undergraduate engineering co-op and internship program. Staff can answer general questions about specific co-op/intern listings, assist with registering for the co-op course, and other areas. A counselor is available for students seeking assistance with general career planning, résumé writing, interviewing techniques and job search strategies.
UTA's Lockheed Martin Career Development Center also provides assistance to students for internship opportunities and full-time, degree-required positions in all degree levels.
What's the difference between a co-op and an internship?
Co-op positions are full-time positions lasting one to three semesters. Students typically don’t attend regular classes during that semester. Upon accepting a co-op position, you must register for the cooperative education course. This pass/fail class will go on your transcript as an accomplishment and maintain your full-time student status. A student and employer evaluation will be due at the end of the term. If you receive a co-op position, please contact the co-op office at 817-272-2569 or stop by the office at 242 Nedderman Hall. International students must enroll in the co-op program prior to working a position as required by federal law.
Internships are part-time positions that students can work while attending class. No course enrollment or evaluations are required. There is no definite work timeframe.
Am I eligible?
To participate in an engineering co-op or internship, undergraduate students must:
- Have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours
- Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or better
- Have completed all prerequisite requirements if you are a transfer student
How do I apply?
To apply, you must email the following to email@example.com:
- Application for Co-op Participation
- Your résumé in Word format
Once registered, you will receive email notifications of open positions and how to apply. Please read these notifications carefully, considering location and length of commitment.
The Engineering Cooperative Education/Internship Program helps undergraduate and masters-level students gain practical work experience in conjunction with their academic work.
These experiences have proven to be exceptionally effective in bringing together future employees and companies in a way that is beneficial to all parties. Companies gain well-educated, relatively short-term employees with the latest knowledge and training. Students gain first-hand experience and a preview of the work-world that they will be entering.
Contact the Co-op/Intern Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-2569 for assistance.
On-campus interviews with potential employees can be arranged.
The Lockheed Martin Career Development Center offers assistance to graduate students for internship positions and job search, résumé and interviewing skills. The College’s Co-op/Internship office offers back-up assistance.
Additional methods for graduate students to investigate internship and part-time work experiences include:
- Faculty: Some faculty members receive direct contact from companies about job openings.
- Professional Student Organizations: Some companies contact engineering student organizations when they are seeking specific student populations and interest areas.
- Engineering Career Fairs: A variety of companies attend spring and fall events to recruit for full-time, co-op and internship positions.
The Job Search
We encourage students approaching graduation to complete the canvas course, The Job Search.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the program available to graduate students?Cooperative Education for graduate students is processed by departmental advisors.
How is the program structured?Cooperative Education allows students to maintain school enrollment while working full or part-time. Class registration is required. Internships may be part-time during the school year or full-time in the summer and do not require class registration.
How do I qualify for the program?
To qualify for the co-op program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Must be admitted to the University of Texas at Arlington under regular admission procedures as an undergraduate student.
- Must have completed 30 semester hours or more towards the degree.
- Transfer students must also have completed all prerequisite requirements before applying.
- Must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
- International students must have been full time for at least two semesters.
- Undergraduate international students must be enrolled in a tuition-bearing course.
How do I apply?Visit the Student Information section for complete instructions.
What happens next?
- The Co-op/Internship Office informs students via email about open positions and how to apply. Students should also register in the University's online job posting system.
- Employers contact students that they wish to interview.
- Students notify the Co-op/Internship Office once a position is accepted.
- Registration in the Co-op class will be required for Co-op positions. Evaluations (pass/fail) will be submitted. The grade is based on the employer's evaluation of your performance during the training assignment, your evaluation of the co-op tour, and the work report. All documents must be turned in by the deadline date.
- Internships do not require evaluations.