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Co-ops Pay Off

Program Expands as Students Gain Professional Experience and Rack Up Earnings

Alumni recruit for Draper at the Career Fair Photo by Ed Brennen
At the Fall Career Fair, alumni recruit students for Draper, one of five companies that have paid UML co-op students more than $1 million since 2013.

By Ed Brennen

When chemical engineering major Kelsey Martin landed a six-month co-op job with medical technology company Getinge Group her junior year, she expected to develop technical skills while getting her foot in the door with a potential future employer.
Earning thousands of dollars from the full-time position was also significant.
“The co-op absolutely changed my life,” says Martin, who continued working at Getinge’s Merrimack, N.H., location when her co-op was complete – right through her graduation last May. Martin is now an associate product development engineer for the company, where she also coordinates the onboarding program for new co-ops.
Martin’s experience is a familiar one for the hundreds of students who take advantage of the university’s Professional Cooperative Education program each year. Read more

Sharpening Her Skills

Computer science major Karamel Quitayen sharpened her technical and professional skills during her six-month software developer co-op at Kronos Incorporated.

University Day at Kronos

Kronos, which ranks No. 44 on Glassdoor’s annual list of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in the U.S., has hired 86 UML co-op students since 2010.

Designing His Future

Thanks to professional co-ops at New Balance and Teradyne, mechanical engineering major Matt Macioci has designs on a future career working with complex machinery.

Co-op & Internship Experiences

  • Seeing how quickly and aggressively UMass Lowell was pushing the co-op program was really important to me.

    During his six-month co-op at iRobot, Kevin Dibble was a full-time member of the software team – and he developed an automated testing system for a universal robot controller.