Coops and Internships

The College of Engineering recognizes the value of participating in a coop or internship to students during their degree; therefore, we developed the Cooperative Education and Internship Course to provide a mechanism to formalize the educational benefit of these experiences for our students. This webpage provides an overview of how employers and the College of Engineering work in tandem to provide educational opportunities to our students, whether those students are enrolled in the Cooperative Education and Internship Course or not.

 

Available Majors:

  • Biological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Process Overview

When students submit an application to enroll in the Cooperative Education and Internship Course, you will receive an automated email with a link to our Job Placement Form asking for some basic information about the coop or internship description. You will also be asked in another emailed form to approve the learning objectives that the student submitted. When the semester is coming to an end, you will receive a final email requesting that you submit a brief evaluation of the student’s work.

Forms


Student Eligibility

  • Must have completed 30 hours towards engineering degree.
  • Must have a minimum of 2.25 cumulative GPA.
  • If working 40+ hours per week: Must not be enrolled in more than 3 credit hours
  • If working 40+ hours per week: Must have at least 12 hours of coursework in their major remaining upon return to campus.
  • If working 39 or fewer hours per week: Must be enrolled at least half-time.
  • Transfer students must have completed one semester of full-time study in the College of Engineering.
  • International students on an F-1 visa must have completed at least 9 months of study in the United States
  • Must have completed 6 hours toward engineering degree.
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Must have approval of their thesis/dissertation advisor prior to interviewing for co-op positions.
  • Students shall not hold a TA, GA, or RA position at the University of Arkansas during their work experience.
  • If working 40+ hours per week: Must not be enrolled in more than 3 credit hours.
  • If working 40+ hours per week: Master’s students must have at least 3 required hours (thesis or coursework) remaining upon return to campus and Doctoral students must have at least 6 required hours (dissertation or coursework) remaining upon return to campus.
  • If working 39 or fewer hours per week: Must be enrolled at least half-time.
  • Transfer students must have completed one semester of full-time study in the College of Engineering.
  • International students on an F-1 visa must have completed at least 9 months of study in the United States.

1. What majors are available for internships and co-ops at the University of Arkansas’s College of Engineering?

  • Biological Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

2. When can students participate in an internship/co-op?

Students can participate in an internship or coop experience during any academic term (Spring, Summer, Fall) once they meet the student eligibility requirements. Students must apply for the Cooperative Education and Internship course during regular course enrollment, so it is unlikely that they will be able to get into the course in the middle of the semester. Please note that we do not allow students to take a full year off of school sequentially (i.e. working January through December) to participate in experiential education.

3. What is the average salary paid to students during an internship/co-op?

Major Co-op Wages (hourly)
Biological Engineering
15.45
Biomedical Engineering
18.35
Chemical Engineering
21.92
Civil Engineering
14.33
Computer Engineering
23.63
Computer Science
16.90
Electrical Engineering
23.12
Industrial Engineering
19.18
Mechanical Engineering
17.31

4. What is expected from our program during the student’s experience?

You will agree to…

  • Complete all forms needed by the College of Engineering.
  • Notify the Career Services Specialist if problems arise with the co-op experience.
  • Provide the student with meaningful learning experiences related to his/her academic program or career field.
  • Give feedback to the student to enable him/her to learn.
  • Ensure that the student will be treated as an employee during their tenure with your company.
  • Consider students on an equal opportunity basis.
  • Pay a fair wage for a student’s experience and education.
  • Provide supervision to the student.
  • Cooperate with site-visits by College of Engineering staff during student appointments.
  • Develop a co-op description.
  • Arrange for the student to have a designated work space.
  • Hire the student for a minimum of 10 weeks.
  • Properly train the student for the work tasks and conditions.
  • Notify the Career Services Specialist of staffing changes that will directly impact the student’s experience (i.e. supervisor).
  • Provide diversified assignments for the student to experience a variety of skills.
  • Allow the student to write about his/her experience at your organization with a moderate level of detail.
  • Support and enforce the academic standards required to participate in the program as defined by the College of Engineering.

5. Why should I host an intern/co-op student?

  • Develop high visibility with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Help educate the next generation of engineers.
  • Evaluate potential permanent hires through hiring temporary students and evaluating on-the-job performance.
  • Identify high-achieving, talented students early.
  • Provide assistance to your organization by having students support senior-level engineers with short-term and long-term projects.
  • Reduce recruiting and training costs of hiring permanent employees.
  • Infuse creative energy and up-to-date engineering education into your organization.
  • Experience immediate productivity from new permanent hires that were co-op/intern hires first.
  • Benefit from higher retention rates and higher job acceptance rates.
  • Find students to contribute to a diverse employee base.
  • Influence curriculum development to meet industry needs.

6. How do I recruit students?

You can recruit students through a variety of means, but the most common ones are using Handshake (UA’s online job database), using our College of Engineering ListServ, hosting information sessions, and attending the STEM Career Fair. Read about recruiting students through our ‘Get Involved’ page.

7. Who do I talk to if I still have questions?

If you still have questions, contact Brian Henderson, Director of Career Services for the College of Engineering. You can reach him at bwhender@uark.edu or (479) 575-6265.