Professional Co-op and Industrial Experience for CEE Students


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.

What Is A Professional Co-op?

  • 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
  • CEE students may apply to the program as soon as sophomore year
  • Students go out on a six-month, full-time co-op either July-December after their sophomore year OR January-June after their first semester Junior year (depending on track)
  • CEE students successfully completing the full Professional Co-op Cycle may substitute the full cycle for one Professional 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.

Industrial Experience Coursework Option

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 and Industrial Experience II, each with at least 500 hours of appropriate, consecutive, faculty-approved experienceOnly after the completion of Industrial Experience II 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

The following forms are in pdf format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

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