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Co-Operative Education

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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, except those in the Software Engineering program, 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
CHRYSLER GROUP LLC. FORD GENERAL MOTORS
VITEC MDOT SOMAT ENGINEERING
TI AUTOMOTIVE LEAR CORPORATION WASHTENAW
R.L. COOLSAET CONSTRUCTION CO. PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SPECTRUM
KAWASAKI JSP RESINS LLC TETRA TECH
LAVERE STANLEY BLACK & DECKER ROUSH
DTE ENERGY SRINERGY G2 CONSULTING GROUP
ANDROID BASIC SYSTEMS, INC. GHAFARI
WALBRIDGE PETER BASSO ASSOCIATES INC. DETROIT DIESEL
JOHNSON CONTROLS TRICO KAWASKI, INC
FISHBECK, THOMPSON, CARR & HUBER, INC.  SPALDING DEDECKER ANDERSON, ECKSTEIN AND WESTRICK, INC.
TRAM DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA INC. REPLICATION MEDICAL, INC
BOSCH DICLEMENTE SIEGEL DESIGN INC. HUBBLE, ROTH, & CLARK, INC.
TRIALON CORP. MEGAN SOFT INC. MAGNA POWERTRAIN
DAIMAY HARMAN INTERNATIONAL DENSO
YAZAKI LEAPERS TRW AUTOMOTIVE

“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:

Coordinator of Cooperative Education and Career Services
Engineering 125

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

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