Cooperative engineering education in industry begins during the spring/summer semester following admission to major standing in the B.S.E. program. Students then alternate periods of cooperative education with periods of academic study for the next 28 months. The cooperative education cycle provides the student with 1,500 to 2,000 hours of work experience.
Placement of students in cooperative education is made through the Career Services Office. Students must enroll in EGR 289 during the fall semester for placement in the following spring/summer semester. Grand Valley will make a strong effort to offer every student admitted to major standing a number of invitations for interviews for cooperative education positions with various potential employers. Students who are not acceptable for employment through the prescribed cooperative education placement process, do not obtain positive evaluations during their cooperative educational experiences, or do not maintain satisfactory progress toward the B.S.E. degree cannot meet the graduation requirements of the program and must withdraw from the B.S.E. program. Such students do have numerous other options to complete a bachelor's degree in one of Grand Valley's other programs.
Co-op and Internship Students and Employers:
Please contact the Career Services office with questions regarding co-op and internships. Visit the Career Services website for co-op forms. More information for businesses considering Co-op or Internship partnerships can be found by clicking here .
Office of Career Services
116 B DeVos Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Phone: (616) 331-6708 or 206 Student Services Building, Allendale, MI 49401 Phone: (616) 331-3311 Fax: (616) 331-2070