The Temple College of Engineering Co-op program is a great opportunity for you to obtain valuable hands-on engineering experience. Co-op assignments can expose you to a variety of engineering fields and professionals.
- Have a clearer idea about whether your chosen major is the right one for you
- Understand your strengths and weaknesses and what you can do to improve them.
- Gain real work experience with employers giving you an advantage when entering the job market after graduation.
- Develop valuable relationships and contacts within your industry.
- Earn a competitive wage while working in your field as a student.
A student must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and have completed at least 30 credit hours. Transfer students must also have completed at least 1 semester at Temple University. You must also fill out a Co-op application and make an appointment with the Co-op office.
The Co-op program at the College of Engineering is an optional program. It is up to the student to decide whether they want to participate in the Co-op program. A student can choose 1 or 2 semesters of co-op (must be a fall or a spring semester) length depending on their interest. The program’s flexibility gives students the freedom to tailor fit their Co-op experience into their academic schedule and plan. All sophomore and junior level students are able to participate in the program as long as the minimum requirements are met. A Co-op experience in the senior year is difficult and not recommended due to the time needed for completion of senior project.
“Engineering is an applied science. The Co-op program allows students to apply what they learned in their classes to real life situations, ultimately giving them an overall conceptual and technical understanding of engineering.”
-Josef Argento, Civil/Environmental Engineering
We can not guarantee a Co-op position for everyone. Placement will depend upon employers’ needs as well as the motivation and job readiness on the student’s part.
When you participate in the Co-op program, you will be required to take a 3 credit Co-op class. You will receive a grade and be expected to write a project paper along with other requirements listed in the Co-op syllabus Most departments will allow for you to use one Co-op (3cr) class towards the technical elective component in your degree.
If you receive any type of financial aid (grants and/or loans), you MUST speak with the financial aid office before participating in the Co-op program to discuss how it might impact your current and/or future financial aid.
While on a Co-op assignment:
- You are not eligible for federal grants or loans because you will be registered for less than 6 credits.
- You are considered full time for administrative purposes, but you are not considered full time for financial aid.
- The salary earned during your Co-op assignment will be considered income for financial aid calculations towards grants and/or loans.
“During Co-op, I learned more about what I would be doing after completing my education. I was able to gain valuable work experience. I received advice from experience engineersd and saw what my future could possibly be. Co-op is great for any student and will allow them to further their college experience.”
-Steve Trinh, Electrical Engineering
Students who live in on-campus housing may continue to do so during their Co-op assignment. If not, students must notify the housing office to discuss their options. On rare occasions, your Co-op assignment may be out of state. We will help you as much as we can, but it is up to the student to find the appropriate housing.
Many Co-op positions are located in the city of Philadelphia and therefore readily accessible by public transportation. However, there are many companies who are located outside Philadelphia as well. Thus, having reliable transportation available will greatly increase your chance of being offered a position.
Job Opportunities for Students
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering