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Professional Co-op Application & Forms

Professional Co-op Program Application

The online Professional Co-op Program application is the first step in indicating interest in the program. Students are able to access the application usually during the last half of each semester.

Need more information? Attend an Information Session.

Ready to Apply? Application for the Professional Co-op Program

  • February 24, 2020 - Application opens.
  • April 20, 2020 - Priority deadline. Students may still apply after the priority deadline, however, acceptance will be on a rolling basis as spots become available.

Apply Online for the Professional Co-op Program

Students who want to participate in the Professional Co-op Program must first fill out the online application. A completed application does NOT guarantee a spot in the program. After receiving the completed online application form, the respective Co-op Coordinator / Assistant Director will be in touch to discuss next steps.

Students may apply after the deadline, however there are a limited number of seats in each of the required Professional Development Seminars (required first course, usually taken the semester before a student wishes to do a co-op).

Note: If accepted, students wishing to participate in the Professional Co-op Program MUST successfully complete the required 1-credit Professional Development Seminar (PDS). PDS offerings for the upcoming semester are listed below. Please note, sections may be subject to change.

Date and TimeRecommended for:
Monday, 5-6:15 p.m.
Mechanical Engineering (open to other engineering and computer science/applied math majors)
Tuesday, 5-6:15 p.m.Biomedical, Chemical, and Civil Engineering (open to other engineering and computer science/applied math majors)
Thursday, 4-5:15 p.m.Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science/Applied Math (open to other engineering majors)
Thursday, 11-12:15 p.m.Plastic Engineering (not open to other engineering or computer science/applied math majors)
Date and TimeOpen to:
Thursday, 9:30-10:45 a.m.All Business concentrations
Thursday, 11-12:15 p.m.All Business concentrations
Date and TimeOpen to:
Wednesday, 5-6:15 p.m.Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 

(computer science and applied math majors, please refer to Thursday 4-5:15pm section or other engineering sections)

Search the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog for "Professional Development Seminar" for a description of your college's PDS.

Additional Forms

Participation Agreement

This form is completed by students as they progress through the Professional Development Seminar and outlines the responsibilities of the co-op coordinator and the expectations of the students in terms of commitment to the three-phase cycle of the program including all academic work term requirements and post co-op academic coursework.

Professional Co-op Agreement

Once an offer of co-op employment has been extended by an organization and accepted by a UMass Lowell student, all of the co-op partners, including the University, enter into an agreement that outlines the expectations and responsibilities for all parties. It is the co-op student’s responsibility to report the co-op hire in the manner advised by their respective co-op advisor. All information will be collected online.

The online co-op agreement forms have several required parts and all must be on file with the Career and Co-op Center prior to the start of student employment.

Co-op Learning Objectives

A key component in any co-op experience is the development of learning objectives. The co-op student, in consultation with their supervisor, identifies achievable performance objectives early in the co-op period and submits this information to their co-op advisor. The employer and student monitor these goals throughout the employment term.

Co-op Evaluation Forms

At the conclusion of each co-op work experience, evaluations are completed by both the student and the employer. Log in to Handshake to get examples of these evaluations.

International Students please visit the UMass Lowell International Students and Scholars Office for additional information.