Why A Co-op Program — A Student's Point of View

by Douglas J. Marshall, Engr.; Proctor & Gamble Co., Cincinnati, Ohio,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 2, Pg. 243-246

Document Type: Journal Paper


Should engineering firms, students, and universities devote their resources to cooperative education programs? What makes a good co-op program? It is to the benefit of the sponsors, students, and schools to become involved in cooperative education. However, if a program is poorly run, it is not worth each participant's effort. The program must involve the concepts of coordination between school and work, expansion of knowledge, and application of knowledge to real engineering problems. For a program to succeed, the sponsor, the student, and the school must share a commitment to the goals. A program containing this commitment will yield benefits worth the effort expended on the program.

Subject Headings: Students | Engineering education | Team building | Colleges and universities

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