Co-op Program

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The University of Delaware’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Cooperative Education program is directly tied to the department’s mission to ensure the “education of our students to their fullest potential.”

The Co-op program provides an educational opportunity that integrates a student’s academic and career interests with paid, productive work experience at cooperating organizations both locally, nationally, and globally.

During the Co-op experience, the theories taught in the classroom can be applied to practical work situations, and students gain knowledge and skills, which will enhance future coursework and better prepare them for successful careers in the engineering profession. In addition, the program offers students the opportunity to clarify their academic focus and test their career interests and goals, while still completing their degree in four years.

Program Details

Motivation and Objectives
  • Addresses the long-time interest of several of our constituents including students, parents, and employers;
  • Is directly tied to the department’s mission to ensure the “education of our students to their fullest potential;”
  • Provides an educational opportunity and productive work experience that integrates a student’s academic and career interests;
  • Enables students to gain knowledge and skills, which will enhance future coursework and better prepare them for a successful careers in the engineering profession;
  • Offers students the opportunity to clarify their academic focus and test their career interests and goals, while still completing their degree in four years.
  • And, enables the department to more closely partner with employers and enables employers to identify potential future employees.
Co-op Schedules

The Co-op program is designed to allow students to work for half a year (26 weeks).  Two standard options to achieve this exist, one calling for the student to work 26 consecutive weeks, and one calling for the student to work for 26 weeks in three segments which have a two semester breaks within that time period.  Both options are set up to allow the student to complete their degree in four years.  Other options that encompass 26 weeks (like two summers) and that are agreeable with both the employer and the student are also acceptable.

Summer/Fall Co-op Option

Civil engineering students who select this option should plan to live locally and should have the ability to Co-op for 26 consecutive weeks (1/2 year) from the summer between their junior and senior year through the fall of their senior year (June through December).  This will mean working during their senior year fall semester.

Students who choose this option will need to take CIEG 461 Senior Design during the fall semester.  This class is offered one evening a week.  Students will also need to work with their academic advisor to plan how to coordinate their schedule to graduate in the normal four years.  For most students, this should be possible without taking any additional classes during the fall semester of their senior year, but may require that some classes be taken during winter session or online.  For some students, taking advantage of the Co-op program may require taking classes in the fall following their typical senior year.

Winter/Summer/Winter Session Co-op Option

Civil and Environmental engineering students who select this option are expected to work for 26 weeks (1/2 year) by combining three internship periods; the winter session of their junior year (6 weeks during January through early February), the summer between their junior and senior year (14 weeks during late May through August) and the winter session of their Senior year (6 weeks during January through early February).

This option has no impact on student progress other than eliminating the two winter sessions and one summer session as potential times to take classes.

Application and Acceptance of Students

Students interested in participating in the Co-op program must attend an Information/Registration Meeting.  In-depth information about participation in the program will be discussed at the meeting.

Students must apply for admission into the Co-op program during the second semester of their sophomore year.  This enables them to plan the remaining two years of their academic career and enables them to start work either during the winter session of their junior year, or during the summer between their junior and senior year.  Students must have approval of the Co-op coordinator prior to the first work term. A declared Civil or Environmental engineering major by the end of sophomore year is required to participate.  Students will be evaluated by the department’s Co-op coordinator and will be informed of their acceptance into the program prior to the end of their sophomore year.

Students selected to participate in the program will be required to attend a series of workshops aimed at preparing students for a successful internship experience.

How Students Find Co-op Opportunities

If you are accepted into the Co-op program, the Co-op Coordinator and the Career Services liaison will work with you to help you find a position. Students who stick with the program, utilize the resources available, and conduct a strategic search with the help of staff typically find a Co-op position.

In addition to the numerous partner organizations from the local and Mid-Atlantic region recruiting Co-op students through “on-campus recruiting,” there are hundreds, maybe thousands of potential Co-op employers for you to consider.  If you are interested in working for an employer not represented through “on-campus recruiting,” we encourage you to initiate an independent job search for a Co-op position, in addition to on-campus recruiting.  This search should begin during the fall semester of your junior year.

“I have had the opportunity to attend a ground breaking at Iron Hill Museum, visit other job sites, participate in the bidding process for construction jobs, learn more about engineering drawings, and help out in estimating on various projects.”

Allison Murray

Employer Partner Program Information

Benefits for Participating
  1. Provides the participating organization the ability to attract and hire top Civil and Environmental Engineering students from UD.
  2. Allows the participating organization to be able to count on having their Co-op needs consistently fulfilled.
  3. Establishes a streamlined process where UD does the initial screening and sets up an efficient selection process to serve thriving engineering firms.
  4. Provides a mechanism for direct feedback to the Civil and Environmental department regarding the needs of the organization and on the performance of student interns in meeting their needs.
  5. Provides visibility on campus for the participating organization.
  6. Strengthens the relationship between the participating organization and UD.
Employer Provides
  • Based on available positions, participate in the annual interview process and make every effort to provide a co-op opportunity to a UD Civil/Environmental engineering student;
  • provide a job description and/or marketing materials to promote the co-op opportunity;
  • provide work experiences directly related to the student’s field of study that increase in challenge and responsibility as the student progresses through their experiences; and
  • provide a company representative to serve as primary contact for the student to the University of Delaware’s co-op program coordinator.
  • appropriate supervision, mentorship and training for the student throughout the experience;
  • work with the co-op program coordinator to develop learning objectives, and guide the student to develop and achieve co-op learning objectives;
  • pay a wage that consistent with the program wage recommendations;
  • provide the student with the equivalent of 6-months of full-time employment;
  • evaluate the student’s performance and discuss the assessment with student to assist them in learning and growing as a professional;
  • complete student/program assessment and feedback forms;

Participating Employers

  • Allan Myers
  • Artesian Water
  • Bohler
  • Brand Energy Services
  • FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center
  • Jacobs
  • McMahon Associates
  • Stantec
  • Structural Group
  • Ulliman Schutte Construction

Hiring Employers

  • AECOM Technology Corporation
  • Atlantic Contracting and Materials Co., Inc. .
  • Baker Ingram & Associates
  • BPGS Construction
  • City of Newark Public Works and Water Resources
  • Civil Engineering Associates
  • Clark Construction Group, LLC.
  • Corrado Construction Company
  • Delaware Department of Transportation – Maintenance & Operations, North District
  • Delaware River & Bay Authority
  • DPR Construction
  • Duffield Associates, Inc.
  • EDiS Company
  • Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.
  • JMT
  • Karins and Associates
  • KCI
  • Landmark
  • MacIntosh
  • Massachusets Water Resources Authority
  • Nason
  • Pennoni Associates, Inc.
  • PULLMAN SST
  • R.A.F. Services, Inc.
  • RETTEW
  • Roman E&G Corp.
  • Rummel, Klepper & Kahl (RK&K)
  • Simpson & Brown
  • Skanska
  • Symmes Maini and McKee Associates
  • The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • Turner Construction Company
  • URS Corporation
  • Whitman, Requart & Associates, LLP
  • WILMPACO
  • Wohlsen

Interested in Joining?

Contact Michael J. Chajes

P: (302) 831-2442
E: chajes@udel.edu

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