Earn while you learn!
Cooperative education at University of Detroit Mercy is unlike a high school internship or co-op program. Our Cooperative Education (Co-op) program matches your career interests with an appropriate, paid co-op job. Co-ops are available to all undergraduate and graduate students, and are required as part of the Architecture, Engineering, Physician Assistant and 5-Year Business/MBA curriculum. We work with more than 200 corporate employers each year, so internships and co-op assignments are available in a wide variety of career fields. Plus you earn money while you learn.
Boost your career prospects with a co-op or internship. Your UDM degree combined with real world experience will make you a stand out in today’s job market!
Why do a co-op?
- Co-ops can help you gain valuable, practical experience on the job while earning a paycheck and college credit.
- Co-ops provide paid career training to match your career goals.
- Co-ops and internships allow you to apply classroom learning to actual job situations, putting “book “ knowledge to work in a professional setting.
- Co-ops are available to all UDM students, but required for Architecture, Engineering, Physician Assistant and 5-Year Business/MBA students.
- Co-ops and internships are available in a wide variety of fields
- Co-ops and internships help build career contacts.
- 80% of co-op students are retained as permanent employees after they graduate.
- UDM partners with more than 200 corporate employers to provide co-op and internship placements for approximately 400 students each year.
- Since 1911, UDM has administered a nationally recognized cooperative education program.
Cooperative education assignments are normally four months in length and start at the beginning of January, May, and September. Though most assignments are "ALTERNATING"—meaning participating students alternate full-time terms of class work with terms of full-time co-op assignments, students in some majors may combine their studies with part-time career related work on a "PARALLEL" co-op arrangement. Learn more about co-op opportunities and student responsibilities.
Students in the Bachelor of Architecture, 5 yr. Business/MBA Program or designated Bachelor of Engineering programs must participate in the cooperative education program as part of their graduation requirements and maintain an overall G.P.A. of at least 2.0 to be eligible.
All other undergraduate, transfer and graduate students at UDM are encouraged to participate in the co-op program as well, and must maintain an overall G.P.A. of 2.5 or above.
Students wishing to participate in the co-op program must first take the Cooperative Education Preparation course (CEC 300). This one-credit, tuition-free class prepares students for co-op work and helps them develop a greater understanding of how their own interests, skills, and values are used in the process of successful career planning and decision making. There is also a $600 co-op participation fee for alternating assignments and $300 co-op participation fee for parallel assignments.
Co-op Portfolio Credit
Many transfer and returning adult students have already spent considerable time in the workplace and have experience that could be considered comparable to the co-op experience. These students have the option of submitting a "co-op portfolio" to document these experiences for consideration to fulfill the co-op requirement.