Prepared for Kelly B. | Delivered November 6, 2020
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To provide data analysis on the number of universities in the United States that offer co-op programs in the STEM field as well as information on the structure of the co-op programs offered.
Sample List of Universities/Colleges That Have Co-Op Programs
Northeastern University's co-op program
has been in existence for more than
of students participate in the program.
"Through the program,
students alternate semesters of academic
study with semesters of full-time employment in positions related to their academic or career interests. Because of this, most students are at Northeastern for five years, gaining up to 18 months of professional work experience while still in college."
The program is available in several fields, including
IT, engineering, and health sciences
. Students have also held co-op positions in organizations like the American Red Cross, Reebok, General Electric, and Pfizer.
University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati co-op program was
introduced in 1906.
The program is available to students during their second year of study.
The program is open to students in the
College of Engineering and Applied Science
and College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.
Students are required to pay a co-op fee, which is considerably less than tuition fees. "Most of
UC’s co-ops are paid
, with many students earning an average of
$1,700 to $2,500
per month during their assignments."
of co-op jobs are offered outside the Cincinnati region, allowing students to work in new cities.
Also known as
, the program enables students to gain up to
of work experience. The program is open to all students, including science and engineering students.
Students also get to earn between
$45,000 to $70,000
at the end of the program.
The program has helped students at the institution
increase their earning potential
. According to PayScale, Bachelor of Science graduates from Kettering University earn the highest salaries in Michigan.
During our initial hour of research, we were able to locate three universities that offer co-op programs in the STEM field. We have also provided an overview of each institution's co-op structure.
We did not locate sources that provided data analysis on the number of universities in the United States that offer co-ops in the STEM field. We, however, found sources that listed Universities with co-op programs. We then sampled a few to identify the ones with co-op programs in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Further research is required to provide additional universities/colleges in the United States that offer co-op programs in the STEM field.
Please select one or more of the options provided in the proposed scoping section below.