Engage in Co-op & Internships! 

With assistance from the Office of Experiential Learning and Professional Engagement (ELPE) 

As students advance in their college experiences and engineering academics, personal and professional growth are key components to their well-being, maturation, and success as an engineer.  

SSOE’s ELPE office is an exclusive resource to help engineering students with professional development and experiential learning. The Co-op/Internship division connects students with our industry partners to gain related work experience enhancing their academics and professionalism. 

What our Co-op/Internship Division provides: 

  • Industry and Company information  
  • Resume preparation and review
  • Guidance during the application and recruiting process 
  • Interview assistance (from resources, mock interviews, to scheduling on-campus interviews) 
  • Domestic and Global Co-op and Internship opportunities to apply too 
    Alumni networking 
  • Job fairs, recruiting events, information sessions, etc. specific to engineering and technical opportunities 

Undergraduate students in SSOE can start working closely with our Co-op/Internship Division the second semester of their freshmen year, or normally start the fall of their sophomore year. Unsure which type of position (co-op or internship) is best for you? We advise students to consider both, but to learn and understand the difference: 


Timeframe: 4 or 6-month rotations
Work: Jan-June or July-December (6-months) or Spring, Summer, Fall terms for alternating schedule
Earn: Academic credit 

Sample Schedules


Timeframe: 10-12 weeks
Work: Normally summer only
Earn: No academic credit 

A co-op position allows more time at a company in which you can gain more experience and duration in projects, completion, and compensation. A student can gain 3 credits toward a technical elective. Each engineering department has a faculty co-op advisor that assists with an approved co-op schedule. Students keep their full-time status while on a rotation, and ELPE partners with Panther Central and Financial Aid to assist students in the process. Co-op is an academic program that is managed through ELPE.  

A summer internship also offers the opportunity to gain experience and professionalism. Students should start applying for internships in the fall and continue looking throughout the school year. Most employers look for sophomores and juniors, but freshman are also welcome to apply.  

How To Start Working with Us: 

Contact an ELPE staff member via email, or sign up for an appointment via Pathways (found in my.pitt.edu). Get your resume reviewed by our office, then setup your profile.