Co-Operative Education

Career Fair

Cooperative education (co-op) is more than an internship — it's a real, professional job that aligns with your career goals and objectives and offers you a chance to apply your classroom learning to real-world situations.

All engineering students are required to participate in co-op.

Value of co-op

That's easy!  We want you to graduate with the hands-on experience employers are demanding.

Co-op assignments look great on your resume and give you an edge in your job search — if you have to search at all!

Almost all co-op students are retained as full-time employees when they graduate.

And because co-op is real work experience, you can expect to earn a real salary — along with academic credit — during the program. In fact, co-op students earn an average of $32,700.

Many co-op programs at other institutions take five years. At Detroit Mercy, you’ll get a year’s worth of professional experience and still graduate in four years.

Here's a list of some of our co-op partners:

AECOM FANUC MICHIGAN AIR PRODUCTS
AEROTEK FCA MITSUBISHI MOTORS, R & D OF AMERICA
AISIN GROUP FISHBECK, THOMPSON, CARR & HUBER, INC. MUNRO & ASSOCIATES, INC.
ALBERT M. HIGLEY CO. FK ENGINEERING ASSOCIATES, INC. OAKLAND COUNTY PARKS & REC
ALTEN TECHNOLOGY USA, INC. FLEIS & VANDENBRINK ENGINEERING PETER BASSO ASSOCIATES, INC.
AMERICAN BRIDGE FLEX-N-GATE PLASTIPAK
AUCH CONSTRUCTION CO. FORD MOTOR CO. QUICKEN LOANS
AUTONEUM NORTH AMERICA, INC. FORI AUTOMATION, INC. R.L. COOLSAET CONSTRUCTION CO.
BARTECH GROUP GENERAL DYNAMICS LAND SYSTEMS RCO ENGINEERING
BETA CAE SYSTEMS USA, INC. GEWALT HAMILTON ASSOCIATES ROUSH
BOSCH GHAFARI ASSOCIATES SCHAEFFLER GROUP, INC.
BRANDMOTION, LLC HARMAN INTERNATIONAL SIGRID & ASSOCIATES
BROSE HENNESSEY ENGINEERS, INC. SME-USA
CIE USA HNTB CORP. SOMAT ENGINEERING, INC.
CONTINENTAL AG HUBBELL, ROTH & CLARK, INC. SPALDING DEDECKER
DANA INCORPORATED JACOBS  TARDEC
DENSO JSP RESINS, LLC TARUS PRODUCTS, INC.
DETROIT DIESEL KAWASAKI TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE GROUP, LLC
DETROIT WATER & SEWER KELLY ENGINEERING RESOURCES TESTING ENGINEERS & CONSULTANTS, INC.
DICLEMENTE SIEGEL DESIGN, INC. LEAR CORPORATION TI AUTOMOTIVE
DTE ENERGY LINK ENGINEERING TRAM, INC.
EATON MAGNA TRIALON CORP.
EPIC EQUIPMENT MANNIK AND SMITH GROUP, INC. TRW AUTOMOTIVE
ESYS AUTOMATION MARQUARDT SWITCHES, INC. TURNER CONSTRUCTION CO.
EXPERIS MDOT VARROC LIGHTING SYSTEMS
WADE TRIM

“When you graduate, you will be in a fantastic position. You’ll be able to choose where you want to work. For one thing, you’ve already worked a full year in industry in a co-op program. You’ll know what it’s like to work in industry, and you’ll have a tremendous advantage over other people just coming out of school.”
– Mark Paulik, professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

How do I get a co-op job?

Please contact:

Mary Berlingieri
Director of Career & Co-op Education
Engineering 125
berlinma@udmercy.edu
(313) 578-0386

Diversify your co-op

Julie Roberts '15

Don't be afraid to diversify your co-op experience.  Seek experiences with different sized companies, those offering different services, and even those in different cities.  That way when it comes to graduation you'll be able to confidently pursue a job with a company you know is a good fit for you. ~ Julie Roberts ’15