Undergraduates have the opportunity to work in co-op work experiences and/or internships, which are great ways to supplement academic course learning. Students can apply their knowledge of nanotechnology to real-world situations and problems. The programs are designed to be flexible and provide faculty oversight.
This flexible program is beneficial to students as well as being easy to manage by the academic programs and local business community. There are part-time and full-time coop opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Academic credit is based on hours worked; 500 hours of service to an industrial company is considered equal to one course of Coop or Industrial Experience. Three Coop or Industrial Experience courses are equivalent to satisfying one academic elective course. Coop students can earn money in the program and, at the same time, lessen the academic course load.
Faculty Coop coordinators in each department advise students on job selection, location, compensation and employer relationships. In addition, the Office of Career Services is very actively involved in coordinating with Coop faculty and in recruiting companies for full-time, internships and coop positions.