Hello everyone it’s Yong again. In the fall semester of last year, I was participating in Lehigh’s “Cooperative Education Program” aka Co-op, with the fuel additive company “Infineum”. For those of you who are not familiar with Lehigh’s Co-op Program, I’m going to in this post brief you about what Co-op is and how it works.
Co-op is a internship program that Lehigh has established with participating companies over the years, in which it offers students’ opportunity to intern at the company in his/her field of study for two sessions. Meanwhile the students are still able to graduate within four years. You might be now wondering how this works? Here’s a look at the details:
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Basically, it is only offered for sophomores. If you decided to participate, you would start preparing your resume and interview with companies that you are interested in sophomore year. If you received an offer from a company, you would then complete your courses in the fall semester of junior year over the summer instead. Once you have the courses completed over the summer, you go to your company for roughly 16 weeks of internship for the fall. Next, you return to Lehigh for the spring and start your spring classes again. Finally, you return to your company in the summer for the second rotation. You are able to graduate in four years, on time.
I did Co-op and it’s one of the greatest things that happened in my life. It opens the opportunity for potential further offer and it’s a tremendously learning experience. I strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to take advantage of it. If you want more information below is a link to the Lehigh Engineering Co-op Program Page. In the next few weeks I would like to share with you my Co-op experience with Infineum!