Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Computer Engineering

The Co-op Program for Computer Engineers:


• Computer engineers can start a co-op as early as their second semester (spring term) of sophomore year. In addition to completing three alternating rotations, a poster board presentation within the department is also mandatory to obtain the three credits, which can be used towards an open elective.
• Computer engineering co-op students are able to spend three terms in industry, yet graduate in August as opposed to April of the fourth year.
• Co-op participation with computer engineers has consistently increased over the last five years
• Students with computer engineering knowledge can gain professional experience in many areas, including but not limited to: design, development, testing, and telecommunications


Department Information:

Make an appointment with Dre' Valera, Undergraduate Program Administrator for the Computer and Electrical Engineering department, for your co-op schedule.


What Computer Engineering students are saying about their co-ops:


“I am enjoying this job very much. I have learned more in a few short weeks than I probably would have in an entire semester of classes. This is an invaluable experience that I highly recommend to any engineering student.”

-Jeremy Nelson, Medrad

“It’s given me a clearer insight into the engineering process done in professional environments. It has helped me to see how different studies correspond to various majors and fields of study. l am pleased with the environment, knowledge, and treatment I received at Vocollect.”

- Joseph Ates, Vocollect


“The assignment taught me the importance of team work and setting goals. It also reinforced the importance of quality work when developing software for commercial applications."

- Daniel Fitzpatrick, Acutronic USA Inc.


“More than anything else it taught me the value of taking initiative. It also made me realize the value in being familiar with a large variety of systems and programming/scripting languages.”

- Nathan Hunter, ANSYS


“I think [professional development] was the most valuable part of my experience. I learned a lot about company organization and had to adapt to new assignments or software over the course of my employment. I also learned a lot about the kind of work I actually want to do (and not do) as well as what to look for in a work environment. I feel like I am much more prepared for future employment and interviews because of what I have seen and worked on.”

-Justin Kircher, Ansaldo STS