ECU CO-OP Program

To learn more about the CO-OP Program, contact Lynn Copeland, Assistant Director, Employer Relations via email ( or phone (252.328.6050)

About CO-OP

Cooperative Education (CO-OP) is an academic program which alternates periods of academic study with periods of practical work experience. CO-OP experiences are extremely rewarding to the student, university and the employer. There are numerous benefits associated with CO-OP:

  • Retain full-time student status while working 40 hours/week
  • Paid positions supervised by a professional in a similar field
  • Acquire new skills and apply those learned in the classroom
  • Explore and/or validate potential career interests
  • Develop professional work habits and improve human relations skills
  • Gain practical, on-the-job, career-related experience prior to graduation Improve chances for permanent employment
  • Help defray educational costs
  • Builds positive relationship between ECU and local industry
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology at workplace
  • Keeps college curriculum up-to-date with industry trends


Student eligibility may vary depending on your academic program. Basic requirements include:

  • Must be currently enrolled at ECU with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Academic record must be free of University Hold Tags
  • Must have completed two full-time semesters (minimum 24 university credits)
  • Transfer students must have completed one full-time semester (minimum 12 university credits)

Co-op Agreement and Statement of Understanding

Companies with CO-OP Students

Norfolk Southern
Magneti Marelli
UTC Aerospace
Thermax, Babcock & Wilcox
Stanley Black & Decker
Freedom Industries