Two male engineering students working on equipment at their co-op.

Professional Cooperative Education

We know many students learn best by doing.

The UMass Lowell Professional Cooperative Education program provides undergraduate students with the chance to systematically integrate their classroom studies with professional work experiences.  The Professional Co-op Program is a partnership amont 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 students who are in good academic standing

Co-op News/Events

Employers: Log in to CareerLINK now to post co-op positions!

Students: Attend an Information Session, visit our Professional Co-op Application & Forms page then apply online.

Co-op & Internship Experiences

  • Being a student at UMass Lowell has helped to shape me as the leader I am today. This is one of my biggest assets as a job candidate.

    For Erin Graceffa, UMass Lowell’s hands-on approach to learning as well as the opportunity to participate in co-ops and take elective courses have helped her figure out which career path to take after graduation.

Professional Co-op at New Balance

Video by Alfonso Velasquez
Mechanical Engineering major Matt Macioci explains his life changing experience working as a co-op at New Balance. By joining the UMass Lowell Professional Co-ops program, Matt got exactly what he was looking for -- a leg up on his peers and real work experience.