COOPERATIVE EDUCATION Program
Educating Through Real-Life Experience
"I became a co-op student so I would gain real-world experience while still in college."
- Katie Quish, Undergraduate, Civil Engineering
Students stand out of the crowd through the Stevens Co-op Program with hands-on experience at leading companies in civil, environmental, and ocean engineering. Before even completing an undergraduate degree, co-op students have worked alongside the best and brightest in the industry, with two years of paid professional experience on their resumes.
Getting the Job
Predicted median pay for a sample of civil, environmental, and ocean engineering positions include:
- Environmental Engineering: $78,740/year
- Civil Engineering: $77,560/year
Jobs which pay such high salaries are competitive and highly desirable. The Princeton Review recently ranked Stevens 13th in the nation for "Best Career Services" and Bloomberg Businessweek placed it in the top 25 schools in the nation for best return on investment (ROI). These achievements are largely due to the exceptional co-op program in which 40 percent of the student body participates.
With the combination of classroom learning and real-world experience, students who participate in the program make compelling candidates for prospective employers. Many co-op students are offered full-time positions by their co-op employers post-graduation, with higher-than-average starting salaries. Students are able to explore the wide range of opportunities available in a civil, environmental, or ocean engineering career. Environmental engineering co-op students work in many areas of the field from industrial ecology to pollution prevention and design for the environment. The co-op program offers a five-year plan that is fully compatible with the Civil, Engineering, and Ocean Engineering curriculum. Over 30 percent of co-op students earn both a Master's degree and a Bachelor's degree while participating.
Prominent companies and organizations that participate include Derecktor Shipyards, Boswell Engineering, The Louis Berger Group, Inc., and the Naval Surface Warfare Center.