MECOP is an internship program designed to enhance and expand industry driven internships in cooperation with Oregon universities. Our objective is to provide the highest quality interns for northwest industries and applicable real-world work experience for students.

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About Us

Unique among cooperative programs, the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program and the Civil Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP and CECOP), currently used by multiple Oregon universities, demonstrates the power of an effective business/education partnership. The source of strength for these programs is the imaginative ideas they are founded upon: support by a voluntary annual assessment on member companies; insisting upon a high order of industry interaction with the university and its students; and continual improvement as the university adjusts its curriculum on recommendations made by the industry partners.

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Participating Universities


For Students
  • Real work experience
  • Two paid six-month internships
  • Opportunity to experience two work environments, management styles etc.
  • Exposure and connections to over 125 of the Northwest's best companies and their working engineers
  • Gain "insider" career choice knowledge
  • Make more informed course selections
  • Learn academic and personal strengths and weaknesses from experience
  • Finance all or a major portion of your education
  • Develop the ability to understand and grasp course content upon return to the university
  • Develop maturity, confidence, enthusiasm and a higher starting salary
For Companies
  • Input into the university’s curriculum
  • Improve industry-faculty relations
  • Access to a pool of well-trained, potential employees
  • Address issues or projects which full-time engineers may not have the time or skill to perform
  • Six-month preview of an individual without an obligation to hire
  • Inject enthusiasm and interest into the companies
  • Develop or improve company’s ability to bring on new hires
  • Bottom line: it’s a good business decision
For Universities
  • Industrial sites are an extension of laboratories that are not possible to maintain at the university
  • Develop a bridge between the classroom and industry
  • Support toward the development of programs and other issues facing education
  • Network for faculty relations and research
  • Returning interns are more motivated students

Participating Companies

8 of over 140 companies which are members. View all companies.


My name is Colby Fleck and I work as a CECOP Intern for the Transportation Division of the City of Springfield Public Works Department. As an intern, I have a variety of tasks in my regular workload. My duties include performing intersection turn counts and ADT tube counts, updating Transportation Division maps and as-builts as needed, reviewing encroachment permits, issuing work-orders, handling civilian service requests, utilizing crash data and signal timing data, in conjunction with traffic-specific software, to analyze safety and efficiency of signalized intersections throughout Springfield, managing small projects, reviewing public improvement projects to ensure lighting, signage, si...

Colby Fleck, Intern

A student can start focusing on the link between the classroom curriculum and the transition later on to a job.

Fred Vetter, Vice President of Manufacturing, Oregon Freeze Dry

I am personally committed to this program because I have had the opportunity to work with MECOP interns, to hire graduates from the program, and see the difference they make. This is a powerful program.

Lori Koho, Hewlett-Packard Company, Past MECOP Chair
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