Cooperative Education Program for Engineering & Computer Science

Recognizing the value of experiential learning, we have created a paid co-op program which is optional and competitive for all Ritchie School students, though ideally suited for current sophomores and juniors. Through this collaborative program between academia and industry, students work full time at participating companies earning valuable work experience. Typically, students will not take classes for one full academic year, resuming their studies upon their return exactly in sequence but one year removed. In some cases, DU courses can be taken while on co-op.

Eligibility / Selection Criteria

All students are eligible with departmental approval, but the program is ideally suited for current sophomores and juniors.  Interested students will work with their academic advisors and Career Services to determine if this program is a good fit and to obtain departmental approval. Once approved, students would then apply for one or more co-op positions. Companies will determine their hiring needs, process, and decisions.


Students should expect to be available from June 15 through August 30 (14.5 months) for roughly one 12-month or two 6-month co-op assignments. Less than full year assignments, where practical, are allowed. However, for 12 month co-op assignments, all financial aid through DU will be deferred by that one year. There are no such deferral guarantees for partial-year co-op assignments.


So that any loans do not come due during this co-op assignment, students will enroll in ENGR 2900 for 12 credits which will appear on the student transcript with a grade of NC. There will be no tuition charge for these hours nor will these credits count towards degree requirements. There will be two options, each with associated fees. One option includes a mandatory Program Fee and a Tech Fee (roughly $200 per quarter), and the other option includes these same two mandatory fees plus an Student Activity Fee (roughly $120 per quarter giving access to the Ritchie Center and RTD pass) and optional Health and Counseling and Student Health Insurance Fees. Note that neither option qualifies the student for DU housing.


Each student should work closely with their academic advisor before and after co-op to ensure all degree requirements are met. Again, note that credits earned while on co-op do not count towards degree requirements.


During co-op, should any issues arise, contact the co-op coordinator or the Chair of your home department.