Engineering Co-op Program

A co-op is a full-time, paid, six-month work assignment in which you also earn academic credit.

As a student in the Engineering Co-op Program, you will be directly involved in professional engineering activities, you will be challenged, and you will experience the professional environment of your future career. This productive time will help you explore the wide variety of jobs available in civil engineering, environmental engineering, and geoengineering.

Students have completed co-ops in soil and material testing, surveying, construction, municipal work, and consulting.

students visit solar site
Students get real-world experience through Co-ops and through Capstone projects. Here students collect soil samples at a solar field as part of their Capstone project.

Benefits of the Engineering Co-op for Employers

  • Access to students before they enter the job market as a graduate engineer.
  • The opportunity to observe students as a Co-op employee before making the commitment of a permanent hire.
  • The opportunity to train individuals in your particular methods.
  • Advertisement for your company to students in the College of Science & Engineering.
  • The opportunity to be involved in the educational process of future engineers.


Michelle Anderson
Industry & Pre-Major Coordinator 
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
500 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Room 147
Minneapolis, MN 55455