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Participation & Eligibility

Step One: Attend an Information Session

Professional Co-op introductory presentations are organized in first-year and second-year classes to provide an overview of the co-op program. Depending upon the participating discipline, interested students also attend Professional Co-op information sessions to learn about how co-op works at UMass Lowell.

The Professional co-op program is offered in the following disciplines for students to participate:

  • College of Engineering: Chemical, Electrical & Computer, Mechanical, and Plastics (Civil Engineering coming Spring 2017)
  • College of Sciences: Computer Science & Applied Math
  • Manning School of Business – All concentrations

Interested students can sign up to attend Professional Co-op Information Sessions by logging into CareerLINK.

Information sessions provide students with an in-depth understanding of the co-op process, the services offered to co-op students and expectations of participating students and employers.


Step Two: Apply to the Professional Co-op Program

Interested students also fill out and submit an application. Check out the Co-op Student Handbook (pdf).

This action initiates the co-op program selection process but does NOT guarantee students a spot in the Professional Co-op Program or the required Professional Development Seminar.

Students selected for the program will be notified and will be registered for the first step in the program which is the required 1-credit, graded Professional Development Seminar.


Minimum Requirements to be considered for the Professional Co-op Program

  • Undergraduate students must have earned at least 24 credits at UMass Lowell to be eligible to participate in the Professional co-op Program.
  • Transfer students must have successfully completed at least 1 semester UMass Lowell to participate in co-op.
  • All students must be in good academic standing.
  • International students can participate subject to guidelines of the UMass Lowell International Student & Scholars Office.
  • Students applications must be approved by the Co-op program staff including a check of their transcript and judicial record for outstanding issues.

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