Cooperative Education Program (CO-OP)

About CO-OP | Eligibility | Companies With CO-OP Students

About CO-OP

Cooperative Education (CO-OP) is an academic program which alternates periods of academic study with periods of practical work experience. CO-OP experiences are extremely rewarding to the student, university and the employer. There are numerous benefits associated with CO-OP:
  • Retain full-time student status while working 40 hours/week
  • Paid positions supervised by a professional in a similar field
  • Acquire new skills and apply those learned in the classroom
  • Explore and/or validate potential career interests
  • Develop professional work habits and improve human relations skills
  • Gain practical, on-the-job, career-related experience prior to graduation
  • Improve chances for permanent employment
  • Help defray educational costs
  • Builds positive relationship between ECU and local industry
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology at workplace
  • Keeps college curriculum up-to-date with industry trends

 CO-OP Opportunities CO-OP Student


Student eligibility may vary depending on your academic program. Basic requirements include:

  • Must be currently enrolled at ECU with minimum 2.00 GPA
  • Abide by Student Code of Conduct & Code of Academic Integrity
  • Be free of any University Hold Tags
  • Completed two full-time semesters (min 24 University Credits)
  • Transfer students should complete one full-time semester at ECU (min 12 University Credits)


Companies With CO-OP Students

Listed below are come companies who have had students participate in CO-OP in the past, or are seeking students for the program.

 BSH Norfolk Southern
 Magneti Marelli Danaher
 Crown UTC Aerospace Systems
 Thermax, Babcock & Wilcox Cisco
 Patheon Sequence


To learn more about the ECU CO-OP program please contact Larry Donley, ECU CO-OP Administrator, at or 252.328.6050.