Student Participation

Students are selected into the program through two screening processes. First, they are screened academically after their sophomore year. This is primarily an effort to ensure that students are academically qualified to take upper-division courses. A second screening takes place through an interview process during which company member representatives interview the students applying for the program. The goal of this screening is to make every effort to insure that the students are qualified and ready for future internship placement.

Benefits of Joining the Program

  • Real work experience
  • Two paid six-month internships
  • Opportunity to experience two different work environments, management styles etc.
  • Exposure and connections some of the Northwest's best companies
  • Interact with professionals in your discipline
  • Gain "insider" career choice knowledge
  • Learn academic and personal strengths and weaknesses from experience
  • Make more informed course selections
  • 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


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, sidewalk, street, drainage, sewer, striping, electrical, signal, and detector plan compliance with standard specifications, and designing a grant-eligible bike-ped. facility for submittal to ODOT's Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee. Participating in the MECOP program has been an excellent experience. The real-world tangible knowledge of engineering concepts and practices has been and will continue to be a great benefit to me as I continue my education and career. So many things can be said about the value of field-time to an engineer, but only MECOP can provide an intern with both field-time and respect and treatment by other employees as a fellow engineer. I am impressed and motivated by the attitude towards me in the workplace, and am even more impressed by the quality of people that I get to work with every day.

Colby Fleck, Intern
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How to Apply as a Student

Should I apply?

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How to Apply

Fill out an Application Form

What happens after I fill out my application?

Other information regarding the application process, including interview information can be found at the link below:

Selection interview information


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