For Students – How CO-OP Program Works



  1. The student must have completed at least 36 credits in their engineering program and maintain a GPA of 2.5 at the time they apply for the co-op  program.
  2. The student must complete at least 9 additional semester credits after the first co-op  period and maintain a GPA of 2.5 to continue with the second co-op  period.
  3. The student must contact the co-op  advisor to verify eligibility and approval to participate in the co-op  program.

CO-OP positions

Use the following steps to arrange a co-op:

  1. Meet with your Department’s co-op advisor to verify eligibility and approval for co-op ;
  2. Complete the course ENGR 210;
  3. There are two ways of obtaining a co-op  position
    1. Through the NJIT Career Development Services -Students 
      1. Review jobs available and apply
      2. CDS will notify you upon selection by a company and setup the interview
      3. CDS will provide you with offers and employment information.
    2. By direct contact between student and company (which requires final approval from CDS and department co-op advisor).


CO-OP curricular requirements

Students must also complete ENGR 210 (Career Planning Seminar for Engineers) as a prerequisite to joining the co-op  program.  ENGR 210 provides engineering students with multidisciplinary and career planning skills in a seminar environment with emphasis on career planning, resume writing, and interview skills.

No other classes or curricular requirements will be imposed by participating in a co-op, except for a written report at the end of each co-op period and a short on-line monthly report. The grade for ENGR 310 and ENGR 410 will be either satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).

The co-op course will appear on the transcript, and the name of the company that the student works for will appear on the bottom of the transcript as part of a note.


Degree credits

Academic departments can grant academic credits which can be applied towards the student’s major program requirements. In additional to the registering for ENGR 310/410, the student will register for one of the co-op courses in their major which will be counted towards their program requirement.



There will be no tuition associated with the two 12-credit courses, ENGR 310 and ENGR 410. The student will be required to pay the student fee for the semester (12-credit fee).


Taking classes while on co-op

During the Fall or Spring semester, a co-op student can take up to two additional courses. During the summer, a co-op  student can only take one additional course. The tuition for the additional course(s) will billed on a per credit basis.


Financial aid

The registration of the co-op course will allow the student to be considered full-time for the purpose of federal/state financial aid. If eligible, the student will be entitled to take out student loans and receive state/federal aid. The student will not be entitled to receive university scholarship during the semester the co-op course is registered. However, the student will remain eligible to receive his/her university scholarship upon completion of the semester. The semester when the student is enrolled in a co-op will not count against the total number of semesters the student is entitled for the university scholarship.