Georgia Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and Rochester Institute of Technology are some of the universities in the United States with the most outstanding co-op programs in the stem field.
1. Georgia Institute of Technology
- Georgia Institute of Technology introduced its co-op program in 1912, becoming the fourth institution that offered this program in the United States.
- The institution’s co-op program is also currently the largest voluntary co-op program in the U.S. It has also been listed in U.S. News & World Report as among the “Top Ten” co-op programs in the United States. Also, over 700 businesses, organizations, and industries have been employing Georgia Tech co-op students yearly.
2. Northwestern University
- Northwestern University co-op program is known as the Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Education (Co-op) Program. The program has been in existence since 1940 and is open to students in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.
- According to the school’s website, the Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Education program is considered one of the most prestigious programs in the US.
- Also, McCormick undergraduates who are going through the program earn a higher average co-op wage of $22.87 compared to the national average hourly co-op wage of $19.35. Besides, the most common employers are GE Aviation, DSC Logistics, and Hollister.
3. Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
- Rochester Institute of Technology co-op program has been in existence for over 100 years. RIT boasts of having one of the best co-op programs globally. According to the institution’s website, “over 4,500 students participate in co-op positions with more than 3,400 hiring organizations every year.” Also, 94% of employers hire RIT co-op students for full-time positions.
- The program is tuition-free, unlike programs at some universities and colleges. RIT’s co-op advisors also provide continuous support to co-op students.
- Some of their top employers are Facebook, Amazon, Google, Fidelity Investments, Electronic Arts Inc, IBM, Honda, Microsoft, The Walt Disney Company, Tesla, and Space Exploration Technologies Corp.