Student-found or Direct Hire Co-ops

Position Requirements

If you are offered a co-op position outside of the Co-op Program interview process, as a direct hire, and would like to earn technical elective credits toward your degree while you work, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must be an upper division undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota in one of the majors the Co-op Program serves.
  • You must work for at least two semesters (a third semester is optional).
    • You must work full-time during those two or three semesters.
    • You cannot work only summer semesters. At least one semester must be a fall or spring semester.
  • The position must be related to your major.
  • You must be paid a competitive wage.
  • The Co-op fee must be paid by your employer ($650/working semester). This fee is not the same as the tuition fee for enrolling in the Co-op courses.
    • Not all employers are willing to pay this fee. Please contact the Co-op Program before you accept a position to see if there is an agreement already on file, or if your potential employer has refused to participate in the Co-op Program.

All students, regardless of how their co-op position was acquired, must enroll in the Co-op courses and complete the assignments in a timely manner.  The Co-op courses and work semesters follow the University's semester calendar. See the "Working Students" section on this website.

Required Paperwork

All of the paperwork is to be emailed to co-op@umn.edu and must be completed before the start of your working semester.

Turning an Internship into a Co-op

If you have been working at an engineering internship position and would like to turn it into a co-op position, you need to:

  • Meet the requirements listed above
  • Make an appointment with the Director of the Co-op Program, Dr. Frank Kelso, to discuss the feasibility of this transition as soon as possible as the coursework cannot be done retroactively.