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Professional C0-op and Industrial Experience for CEE Students


Starting fall 2016, undergraduates in Civil & Environmental Engineering may apply to participate in UMass Lowell’s Professional Co-op Program. The Co-op program, a partnership between Academic Departments, the University and employers, provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to integrate periods of full-time, meaningful work experience in between relevant CEE coursework. 

Professional Co-op is

  • A structured, selective, voluntary program for students who are in good academic standing
  • A three-phase academic program coordinated and supervised by Co-op Staff, in full partnership with CEE faculty. All three phases are required
  • Available to CEE students as soon as sophomore year

How it works

  1. CEE students in first or second-semester Sophomore year may apply to the program and once accepted, take the required Co-op Prep Class (Professional Development Seminar, ENGN.2100) the following semester.

  2. During the PDS, students interview for and accept co-op positions the following semester.

  3. Students go out on a six-month either July-December after their sophomore year OR January-June after their first semester Junior year (depending on track).

  4. After completion of a co-op experience, students must complete the designated a follow-up class (Co-op Assessment, ENGN.3100/3200).

  5. CEE students successfully completing the full Professional Co-op Cycle may substitute the full cycle for one Technical Elective. 

For more information about CEE undergraduate professional co-op contact Jessica Paquin, assistant director for co-op for the College of Engineering or view the Professional Co-op webpages.


CEE undergraduates whose academic schedules do not allow for the completion of the co-op coursework cycle may be able to earn academic credit for work experience through the Industrial Experience coursework sequence.  Undergraduates may enroll in Industrial Experience I (CIVE.4910) and Industrial Experience II (CIVE.4920), each with at least 500 hours of appropriate, consecutive, faculty-approved experience.  Only after the completion of Industrial Experience II (CIVE.4920) course requirements (including the 1000 combined hours and a written report describing their work experience) will a student be awarded three credits which may be used as one of the two required CRR Professional Electives. This experience may be accrued during the summer or during the school year.

Students wishing to enroll in the Industrial Experience courses should contact the CEE Industrial Experience Coordinator, Professor Susan Faraji, before registering for the Industrial Experience coursework sequence.

Forms and  additional information (PDF):

  1. Industrial Experience Contract (two pages)
  2. Industrial Experience Data Sheet
  3. Industrial Experience/Internship Position Description