Engineering Co-op Program

Receive course credit and gain valuable, paid work experience by participating in the Engineering Co-op Program. Through the program, local and national employers offer two- and three-semester co-op positions for undergraduate ISyE students.

About the Program

Since 1950, the University of Minnesota and engineering firms have been teaming up with a single mission in mind: to offer the best education possible. Students pursuing a Bachelor's in Industrial and Systems Engineering can gain paid work experience and technical elective credits toward their degree.

The work assigned to student participants is determined by the local or national employer that hires them, making each co-op experience unique to a student's own interests and skillset. More information on the program is available on the Engineering Co-op program website.

Over the past five years, more than 20 organizations have hired ISyE students as co-ops, including:

Cantel Medical Cargill Egan Company
Emerson GE Aviation Hawkins, Inc.
Heraeus Medical Components Life Fitness TURCK Inc.


When Should I Apply?

Students typically begin a co-op experience during their spring of sophomore year, summer after sophomore year, or fall of junior year. It's suggested that students interested in the co-op program make an appointment with an ISyE advisor.

Co-op assignments last at least two semesters, but can extend to three based on department and employer approval.


Applications are accepted in January and September each year.

Earning Technical Elective Credits

Students in the Co-op program must register for a Co-op course each working semester. These classes are required to receive course credit for the Co-op experience and must be taken in sequence. Students are only allowed to take one Co-op course per semester. More details can be found in each course's syllabi (linked below).

The impact of a Co-op experience on your expected graduation date is something to discuss with your ISyE advisor. The ISyE department offers options to support Co-op students progress toward graduation.

Student Testimonial

Through the ISyE Co-op program, Kate Azar spent the 2017-2018 academic year working at HUSCO, a Wisconsin company that specializes in designing and manufacturing components for cars and off-highway vehicles. She worked in three different departments—quality, supply chain, and manufacturing—for four months each, helping her develop a big-picture understanding of the factors that affect product quality.

“HUSCO’s rotational program allowed me to experience more and better narrow down what I’m interested in—it was like three internships in one,” Kate said. She credits the Co-op for renewing her interest in data analytics, which prompted her to take more analytics courses and consider pursuing a master’s degree in this area of concentration.

After earning her Bachelor's in ISyE in 2019, Kate was hired by Boston Scientific as an Industrial Engineer I.

"It was like three internships in one."

—Kate Azar, 2019 B.I.Sy.E. Graduate

Kate Azar


If you have questions about the Engineering Co-op Program, reach out to Katie Sharpe in Student Services at or (612) 625-4469.

Applying to the Engineering Co-op Program

Questions about the application process should be directed to the Engineering Co-op office at or (612) 625-5326.

More information about the Engineering Co-op Program can be gathered from the following links: