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 locally, nationally and globally.
Students in the Construction Engineering & Management major must complete a cooperative education work experience that is a required component of their degree.

During the Co-op experience, participating students:

  • Apply the theories taught in the classroom to practical work situations
  • Gain knowledge and skills that will enhance their future coursework
  • Prepare themselves for successful careers in the engineering profession

 

Program Details

Motivation and Objectives
  • Integrates a student’s academic and career interests
  • Offers students the opportunity to clarify their academic focus and test their career interests and goals, while still completing their degree in four years
  • Enables the department to more closely partner with employers
  • Enables employers to identify potential future employees
Co-op Schedules

The Co-op program is designed to allow Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering students to work half a year (26 weeks) with one company.

Students in Construction Engineering and Management can work for more than one company and typically complete their work experience in two Summers and one Winter Session.

Two standard options to achieve this are:

  • Continuous: Students work for 26 consecutive weeks, typically completed Summer – Fall
  • Discontinuous: Students work for 26 weeks in separate segments, typically 2 Summers and/or Winter Sessions
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.

Amanda LaRosa

Amanda LaRosa worked for AECOM.
She is surveying a 36” sewer pipe as part of a team mapping underground utilities.

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

AECOM
Allan Myers
ARCO
Atlantic Contracting and Material Co., Inc. Atlantic Traffic & Design Engineers
AVA Group
Baker, Ingram & Associates
Bancroft Construction
Becker Morgan Group
BPGS Construction
Carlson, Barbee & Gibson, Inc.
Century Engineering
City of Newark Public Works and
Water Resources
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Corrado Construction Company Crosscheck Inspections
D.S Thaler & Assoc. LLC
DeFoe Corp.
Delaware Department of Transportation Delaware River and Bay Authority
Donald E. Reisinger, Inc.
DPR Construction
Eastern Shore Natural Gas
EDiS Company
EWMA: Environmental Consulting and
Remediation
Falmouth Engineering, Inc.
Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.
Gilbane, Inc.
Gilmore & Associates, Inc.
Greenlane Contractors
GPI/Greenman-Pedersen
Hallen
Halmar International
Harkins Builders
Howard I. Shapiro & Associates
HSC Builders & Construction Managers Hunter Roberts Construction Group
IKO Industries
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson
Karins and Associates
KCI Technologies
Landmark Science & Engineering
M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
MacIntosh Engineers
MAS Building & Bridge
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority McCormick Taylor
Nason Construction
National Grid: Natural Gas & Electricity Old Dominion Electric Cooperative Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Pennoni
PULLMAN
RAF Services
RETTEW
RK&K Civil Engineering
Rodgers Consulting
Roman E&G Corp.
Ryan Homes
Simpson & Brown
Skanska
Suburban Consulting Engineers,
SMMA
T&M Associates
Tectonic
The LiRo Group
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company Toll Brothers
Turner Construction Company
UD Planning & Project Delivery
Urban LTD.
USA Dynamics
Verdantas
Wawa
Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani, LLC Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLC WILMAPCO
Wohlsen Construction
WSP

 

100%

Percentage of students who would recommend this program to their classmates.

75%

Average annual percentage of students who get offered full-time positions with their co-op partner.

$19

Students earn an average of $19.00/hour at their co-op in addition to earning academic credit.

“I could not be happier with my co-op experiences. Each employee I worked with treated me as an equal, which gave me confidence in my work and allowed me to gain better understanding of the industry. My boss was extremely helpful during my co-op. He almost always had work planned for me to do so that I was not wasting time. He often tried to send me to different sites to gain a wide range of experience. My co-op would not nearly have been as beneficial if it was not for him.”

“It helped me to decide to go into engineering consulting, and also showed me the business side of engineering. My co-op experience also showed me how important communication is to being successful.”

Interested in Joining?

Contact Michael J. Chajes

P: (302) 831-2442
E: chajes@udel.edu