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Co-ops & Internships

Cooperative Education: A Dynamic Industrial-Educational Partnership


The Plastics Engineering Department is an enthusiastic champion of and leader in Cooperative Education at UMass Lowell. We believe that participating in co-op is instrumental in helping undergraduates to define their interests and future career paths. It advances their technical and business skills, increases their professional competence and confidence, and gives them a competitive edge in landing their first engineering position or gaining admission to graduate school.

With a newly redesigned curriculum that incorporates industry experience directly into the academic program, we strongly encourage students to join the more than 45 Plastics Engineering undergraduates who are currently participating in co-op. Depending upon interests and the industry opportunities, students can gain up to 12 months of valuable, hands-on, engineering-related experience in a diverse array of companies.

Students on co-op can expect to engage in challenging, meaningful work that contributes to organizations in three main and often intersecting areas: materials, processing, and research and design.

For more information about co-ops please visit: Professional Cooperative Education.