Company Membership

The MECOP program began in 1978 as a collaboration between OSU and Oregon-based manufacturing companies that hired engineering graduates. Its purpose: to provide the highest level of engineering graduate, and bridge academic theory with industrial reality.

"The MECOP program is truly a win-win situation for the student, the company, and the University. The student gains insights while earning an excellent wage. The company is able to evaluate top-quality engineering prospects at no obligation to hire long-term. And the University gets the industrial support it needs to stay on the front burner of the educational process."

Mark Christensen, 1980 MECOP graduate and Intel engineer


  • Input into the University’s curriculum
  • Improve industry-faculty relations
  • Access to a pool of well-trained, potential employees
  • Six-month preview of an individual without an obligation to hire
  • Address issues or projects which full-time engineers may not have the time or skill to perform
  • 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


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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Participating Companies

MECOP proudly partners with over 140 company members ranging across various industries, including but not limited to: Manufacturing, Electronics, Construction and Civil Infrastructure. View all of our participating companies.

Real World Engineering

The key to the MECOP program is the student internship. Students are interviewed, screened, and selected for a work study program that provides industry with truly motivated and academically qualified employees—without the obligation to hire them permanently.

During two six-month internships, MECOP students can take some of the load off the companies’ seasonal projects which a full-time engineer may not have the time or the skills to perform.

Many MECOP graduates, however, are finding permanent jobs at companies where they had previously interned. Typically, they don’t spend a lot of time in entry-level positions because of three important factors:

  • The rigors of the program and the intense evaluation
  • The actual experience received in internship
  • The combination of experience intertwined with their academics

The MECOP program provides students with the opportunity to go to class, apply the theory in a real world environment, and then go back to class and critique the results.

A Solid R.O.I.

The MECOP program is exceptional because of the high level of participation by the member companies. They’re actively involved in MECOP not only because of their sense of purpose, but also because of the bottom line: the students have proven to be cost effective.

More than 90 percent of MECOP graduates go to work for companies in Oregon; 70 percent with MECOP companies.

"In addition to the learning experience these students receive, they produce great value to the companies. Along with the ideas they bring, the focus the students bring to their projects yield excellent results."

John Vandecoevering, Warn Industries

Your Company: A Decisive Voice

Representatives from member companies form the MECOP Advisory Board. The companies fund the program and provide meaningful, practical work experience for the students. Plus, they assist the University in developing a focused curriculum, and have the decisive voice in the selection of students into the program.

How The Process Works:

Each qualified student must participate in two six-month internships at different MECOP companies before graduation. Students are selected into the program at the end of their sophomore year.

To be admitted to the MECOP program, students must cross two important hurdles:

  1. Students must meet high academic standards of their respective engineering departments
  2. Students must be selected by the company representatives during the application process
  3. The application process is very competitive and not all applicants are accepted

In their first year of upper division courses (junior year), students are required to take several plant tours of member companies to familiarize themselves with the wide variety of internship opportunities.

During the fall quarter, all juniors must attend a College of Engineering seminar at which all returning interns give presentations about their company assignments, projects, and experiences.

Assigning Internships

Each January, juniors and seniors participate in the Placement process, where students are interviewed by the company representatives and internship placements are finalized.

The two six-month internships added to the regular course work help to fine-tune the student’s education. The University gets back a more motivated student—one who can take control of his or her own educational process.

How to Apply

For questions and general inquiries about joining the MECOP Program, as an industry member please fill out the application form below:

Industry Application Form


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