STEM Co-ops

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STEM Co-ops

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.

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.

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.

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.

Research Strategy

During the search, we did not locate sources with a precompiled list of universities with the most outstanding co-op program in the stem field. However, we searched through sources like All About Circuits and Universities.com that listed top universities in the US that offer courses in the STEM field. We then scanned through the lists to identify the institutions that offer co-op programs. We then scoured through their websites and press releases to identify information that pointed them out as outstanding or successful.

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