Cooperative Education Program
Co-op students stand out of the crowd with hands-on experience at leading companies in mechanical engineering. Before even completing an undergraduate degree from the School of Engineering and Science, they will have worked alongside the best and brightest in the industry, with two years of paid professional experience on their resumes. Prominent companies that participate in the program include PSE&G, Unilever, ITT Corporation, and many more.
Getting the Job
The Princeton Review recently ranked the program 13th in the nation for "Best Career Services" and CBS MoneyWatch placed Stevens in the top 10 schools in the nation for best return on investment (ROI). Both 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 are offered full-time positions by their employers post-graduation, with higher-than-average starting salaries. Students are able to explore the wide range of opportunities available in their career. The program offers a five-year plan that is fully compatible with the undergraduate curriculum. Over 30 percent of co-op students earn both a Master's degree and a Bachelor's degree while pursuing the five year plan.
Because approximately 40% of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students participate in the Co-op Program, all undergraduate core courses and some common elective courses are offered both Fall and Spring terms to accommodate students with different schedules. Courses are also available during the Summer terms for those students whose schedule has them taking courses during one of the summers of their studies.