The UMass Lowell Professional Cooperative Education program provides full-time undergraduate students with the chance to systematically integrate their classroom studies with professional work experiences. The Professional Co-op Program is a partnership among students, the University and employers and is administered by the UMass Lowell Career & Co-op Center.
A Professional Co-op is:
- A three-phase academic program coordinated and supervised by Co-op Staff, in conjunction with faculty affiliated with each participating college
- A structured, selective, voluntary program for full-time students who are in good academic standing
This flexible program is beneficial to students and easy to manage by the academic programs and local business community. There are part-time and full-time co-op opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Academic credit is based on hours worked. Co-op students can earn money in the program and, at the same time, lessen the academic course load.
The Co-op Program is well integrated within other academic and business programs, complementing them effectively. The bustling Merrimack Valley industrial economy, with its many high-technology companies, is actively involved in the Co-op Program.
The Co-op Program is a distinguishing element of the total UMass Lowell experience. It offers a high degree of technical excellence and training, as well as innovative and practical hands-on approaches to preparing graduates for the technical job market.
Are you a current student interested in participating in the undergraduate program? The best way to connect with a Co-op advisor is to utilize their convenient virtual drop-in hours.