Student Participation in MECOP

The following schedule outlines how your university degree process would typically work should you be accepted into the MECOP/CECOP program as a student:

  • Freshman year: Begin lower division course work at your university/college.
  • Sophomore year: While completing lower division coursework, apply for MECOP.
  • Junior year:
    • Begin upper division course work at one of our participating universities.
    • Attend the MECOP student seminar to learn about the program and prepare for your internship.
    • Attend the MECOP career fair (Fall Event) during fall term. This normally occurs in the month of November.
    • Interview for your first internship. Interviews typically occur in the month of January.
    • Work for one of the MECOP companies during either Spring/Summer term or Summer/Fall term depending on your discipline.
  • Senior year:
    • Continue upper division course work at one of our participating universities.
    • Attend the MECOP career fair (Fall Event) during fall term. This normally occurs in the month of November.
    • Interview for your second internship. Interviews typically occur in the month of January.
    • Work for one of the MECOP companies during either Spring/Summer term or Summer/Fall term depending on your discipline.
  • Fifth year: Complete upper division course work and graduate.
Note: Exact dates for program related events will be posted to the student calendar online as they become available. The MECOP Office will also send out reminder emails in advance to the email registered with your account.

Events And Other Related Requirements For Participation

Student Seminar

The student seminar, sometimes referred to as ENGR/EAS/BUS 407, is a required course during fall term for all students new to the program. The course consists of a series of topics presented by representatives from member companies on various topics relating to program participation. There will also be discipline specific labs held where students who have already been on an internship present about their experiences and answer questions from the new students.

Further details regarding this course and requirements to complete it will be made available to students accepted into the program.

Fall Event

Fall Event is a job fair to give students and companies participating in the program the opportunity to interact before the Internship Placement Interviews. The purpose of this event is twofold: To give students time to interact with companies prior to placement and to give companies opportunities to narrow their pool of potential candidates. This event is required for each year a student is placed on an internship and is usually held in November.

As a part of this process, prior to the event, students will be required to have a placement profile completed and up to date. Reminders, instructions and deadlines regarding your profile will be sent out by the MECOP Office via email around the beginning of Fall Term (usually late September). Submissions are typically due by mid-October.

Further details regarding this event will be made available to students accepted into the program.

Internship Placement Interviews

The objective of this event is to give participating industry representatives an opportunity to interview and choose their interns. They will use their knowledge of ongoing/potential projects at their organization and information on your student profile to direct the interview. This event is required for each year a student is placed on an internship and typically occurs in January.

Further details regarding this event will be made available to students accepted into the program.

Internships

Internships will occur during your Junior and Senior years, typically during the times laid out on the Internship Timeframes page. Each internship will last about 6 months and will consist of work similar to an entry level professional in your degree. All interns will work with a mentor at their company. The mentor's role is to guide you through your internship.

As a part of each internship, you will be required to complete two internship appraisals with your mentor and complete a presentation and written report regarding the internship. The presentation you make will be presented by you to multiple representatives at your organization at the conclusion of the internship. If the company requests it, you may also be required to present said presentation to students attending the student seminar.