Student Jobs and Co-ops
Through cooperative education (co-ops) and internships, School of Mines students have many opportunities to apply their education to "real world" work experiences. Students are employed by industry and government agencies in positions related to Mechanical Engineering. Students may
gain 1-3 hours of academic credit for their co-op or internship experience upon department approval. Students registered for co-op courses keep their full-time student status during the semester they are on co-op. All Mines students are encouraged to have relevant work or research experience prior to graduation.
Co-ops are often 6-8 months (semester + summer). Internships are usually for the summer or part-time during the school year. However, the terms are used interchangeably by employers.
On average 75% of School of Mines graduates have relevant
work experience upon graduation
The average co-op/intern salary for the past academic year was $17.16/hr
*Some employers also provide housing allowances, bonuses, and relocation expenses that are not reflected above.
For questions regarding co-op opportunities within the Mechanical Engineering department, please contact the co-op advisor, Dr. Duane Abata.
Dr. Duane Abata
Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
The ME department currently has opportunities for work-study positions, recruiting stipends, and undergraduate research. For more information, please contact
Opportunities for Graduate Students
The ME department currently has graduate assistantships available for MS and PhD students. Please contact your advisor for more details.