Programs Overview

The McCormick Office of Career Development coordinates four different work-integrated learning programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Click the links below to learn more about each of these programs.

Cooperative Engineering Education Program (Co-op)

Co-op student Ibi Chambers gained hands-on experience at Northrop Grumman.The co-op program allows undergraduate engineering students to integrate periods of classroom study with periods of paid, practical work experience related to their academic major and career goals.


McCormick internships give undergraduates and master's-level graduate students practical work experience with an employer in industry, commerce, or government. Internships typically take place over one term, usually in the summer quarter.

Research Experience

Graduates and undergraduates may engage in a formal engineering research experience, either at a university (including Northwestern University) or a government laboratory. 

Service Learning

Open to both graduates and undergraduates, service learning provides opportunities to volunteer with a non-profit or publicly-funded organization.

program features & enrollment

Each work-integrated learning program provides the following student benefits:

  • No tuition for work term
  • Full-time student status maintained throughout work term
  • S/U grade (no impact on GPA)
  • Appears on transcript
  • Evaluation of experience by both student and employer

Click here to view a PDF outlining the enrollment options for each program.

past co-op & internship Locations

Click the links below to view Google Maps for each major identifying their co-op and internship job locations from Summer 2010 to present.

Please note: these are not the number of jobs, but rather the number of different geographic locations.