We know many students learn best by doing. Gain practical experience in industry, learn new skills, and earn money through co-op!

The UMass Lowell Undergraduate Professional Cooperative Education program is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with work experience. Commonly known as "co-op", this valuable experience is an academic program designed to complement a student's formal education with paid practical work related to the student's academic major.

What is Co-op at UML?

  • A full-time, paid work experience with an industry partner, usually for 6 months.
  • A program for undergraduates that alternates a semester of on-campus academic study with a work experience in industry. 
  • A three-phase sequenced series of courses incorporating a pre-co-op preparation course, the co-op work experience, and a post-co-op reflection seminar.
  • A structured, selective, voluntary program for full-time undergraduate students in the Francis College of Engineering, Kennedy College of Sciences, Manning School of Business, and Department of Economics.
  • Coordinated and supervised by co-op staff in conjunction with faculty and industry partners.
Benefits to students in the Professional Co-op Program:
  • Earn a salary while on co-op, which can assist in offsetting college expenses.
  • Maintain their full-time student status during the cycle when working full-time at an employer location.
  • Work closely with their assigned co-op advisor who serves as a resource throughout the program.
  • Participate in preparatory and reflective seminars which surround the work experience, earning up to 3 credits. 
  • Gain invaluable experience, skills and insight to help with the school-to-work transition.
  • Participate in co-op events exclusively designed for co-op students, connect with co-op employers and upper-class co-op students.

Undergraduate Professional Co-ops At UMass Lowell

Co-op News / Events

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

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

Co-op & Internship Experiences

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Jennifer Dossantos '23

Honors College student Jennifer Dossantos is majoring in business because she’s inspired by her mom.

I wanted to have a major where I could have versatility, so business seemed like a good option.
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Professional Co-op at iRobot

  • Video by Alfonso Velasquez
    Qiana Curcuru, Mechanical Engineering major, credits her co-op adviser for giving her the confidence to land a job at iRobot.