Santa Clara University

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What is Cooperative Education?

The purpose of the Cooperative Education Program is to offer engineering students the opportunity to integrate classroom work with practical industrial experience. Cooperative education is not a job, but actually part of a student’s academic program which links classroom learning to workplace experience in industry or government. 


It provides a planned, structured experience with the expectation for supervision and mentoring, measurable learning outcomes and performance reviews, special training programs, contact with senior engineers and professionals of other disciplines, exposure to various functions within a corporate or government setting, and opportunities for professional development.

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