Engineering Co-Ops

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Co-ops are a valuable way for engineering students to gain industry experience and for employers to connect with strong Lehigh talent.

The definition of “co-op” varies by organization, but in general, co-ops involve multiple work rotations at the same company whereas internships are typically one work rotation, most often but not always in the summer.

At Lehigh, co-op opportunities are available to engineering students through the Handshake portal. Interested students can login to their Handshake account, go to the “jobs” tab, select “all filters” then “+more”, and apply the co-op filter.

Employers looking to hire Lehigh students for co-ops should post to the Handshake platform and select the “co-op” job type.

Please note that like internships, co-ops are student-driven, meaning that there is not a structured co-op program and it is up to the individual student to determine a plan for completing a co-op. Engineering students can work with the Center for Career & Professional Development for guidance on landing co-op opportunities and with the Associate Dean’s office to explore academic schedule options.

 

WHY CO-OP: STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

  • Clarify career interests

  • Build network of industry contacts

  • Bridge the gap between classroom and industry

  • Gain confidence

  • Earn money while learning 

  • Acquire in-depth professional experience

"Throughout a co-op, participants develop an invaluable trait - confidence in their respective fields.  With this, we are able to go beyond what it means to be a student and actively participate in solving industrial problems."  
Nate Rex '19, Bentley Systems co-op 

"The co-op experience was a rewarding one.  I have the opportunity to explore the various engineering roles my company had to offer and meaningfully contribute towards the company's overall mission statement." 
Shrivats Agarwal '20, B. Braun co-op

 

WHY CO-OP: EMPLOYER PERSPECTIVE

  • Bring new knowledge and fresh perspectives to your company

  • Observe and develop prospective employees 

  • Support the next generation of engineers

  • Strengthen your brand at Lehigh

  • Build your talent pipeline

"We provide Lehigh's brightest technical students with opportunities to navigate the complexities of a large, matrixed organization; coach and enable them to be self-starters; and challenge them to generate positive technical and leadership outcomes on projects that provide value to the company."
Wabtec Corporation

 

A SNAPSHOT OF PAST CO-OP EMPLOYERS:

 

For more information, please contact Katharine Marianacci at krm617@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-3710.