The Student and the Co-Op*
Selection and participation in UGA’s Engineering Co-op Program is considered an honor, and participating students uphold the highest professional standards as representatives of UGA, the College of Engineering and themselves. Students commit to working in a co-op program full-time for three semesters during their undergraduate tenure. Some students who participate in a co-op can still graduate at the end of four years; however, most choose to extend their studies an additional year to accommodate a co-op.
To participate in the Co-op Program, students must:
- maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or greater throughout their undergraduate program
- complete 30 credit hours in UGA’s engineering curriculum before they start their co-op; however, they can begin the interview process in their first year
- develop, in advance, a proposed schedule for course work and co-op semesters with their academic advisers through completion of the Co-op Eligibility Form (PDF)
- register for ENGR 3910 (Co-op Work Experience) each semester that is worked with the co-op partner
- submit two evaluations completed by their supervisor each semester that is worked with the co-op partner
- submit a written report for each semester worked, documenting the experience and the lessons learned. In addition, following the final semester of the co-op, students deliver a presentation about their experience to faculty and fellow students.
*Participation in a co-op provides vital professional experience and is highly recommended. It is not a mandatory requirement of the College of Engineering.
UGA’s Engineering Co-op Partners
The benefit for participating organizations and firms in a co-op is simple: partners may “test drive” a potential, future employee at a cost-effective rate, while reaping the benefits of the participating student’s UGA College of Engineering classroom experience and newly-gained knowledge. Partners are under no obligation to hire the student after graduation; however, it is hoped that employment will be offered if conditions are warranted. Studies indicate that students who co-op with a firm and later join on as a full-time employee are much more likely to become productive, long-term employees and expand more rapidly into leadership roles.
The responsibilities of the co-op partner are to:
➢ provide a meaningful, educational work experience for a future engineer
➢ commit to paying the student a salary
➢ appoint a designated supervisor for the duration of the co-op arrangement
➢ offer feedback to the student mid-experience and at the end of the co-op
➢ provide input to UGA officials annually on the co-op partnership
The list of organizations and firms that participate in UGA’s College of Engineering Co-op Program is constantly evolving with new partners and programs. The list below highlights companies who have participated in the past:
- Alcon Laboratories
- Altamont Environmental, Inc.
- AMF/Baking Technology System, Inc.
- Athens Research & Technology, Inc.
- Baldor Electric
- Carter and Sloope
- Eaton Corporation
- Fogg Filler (Michigan)
- Georgia Pacific
- Georgia Power
- Joe Powell and Assoc.
- Jordan and Skala
- Manhattan Associates, Inc
- Marel Stork
- Morgan Thermal Ceramics
- Newcomb and Boyd
- Power Partners
- Roper Corporation
- Snapping Shoals EMC
- St. Jude Medical Center
- Stepan Chemical Company
- Tensar International Corp
- Triad Construction LLC