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In 2016 we proudly celebrated our 90th anniversary of cooperative education here at the University of Tennessee.

As we move into 2017, we continue to see unprecedented growth in student participation, employer participation, and now the expansion of our program beyond traditional co-ops and internships into other areas of engineering student enrichment. Our program, which helps students add experience to their education, has been in existence since 1926. It’s the second oldest program of its kind in the south and one of oldest cooperative education programs anywhere. We are dedicated to helping engineering students find educationally relevant paid co-op and internship positions with one of our hundreds of partnering employers.

Recent Key Accomplishments

  • ƒThe fall 2016 Engineering Expo was our largest ever with 80 employers and 731 students attending.
  • ƒThe spring 2016 Engineering Expo was our largest employer-attended spring event in our history, with 69 employers and 490 students attending.
  • More than 1,250 students, faculty, and staff attended the fall 2015 Engineering Cookout, making it the largest ever.
  • In March 2016 we held the fifth annual Engineering Professional Practice Spring Banquet.
  • ƒIn AY16, 42 percent of graduating engineering seniors completed at least one co-op or internship assignment during their time at UT. Over the past eight years of senior classes, on average, 40 percent of those graduating have participated in at least one assignment.


Top 30 Employers

ORNL continues to place the most co-op students, with DENSO, Altec, Southern Company, Eastman Chemical Company, and others consistently placing students year after year.

Top 30 Employers Placements: Academic Year 2015–2016
Chart of the Top 30 Employers in 2016

Engineering Expo

Employer Attendance is on the Rise

Our program has experienced consistent growth in Engineering Expo employer attendance since AY2010-11. After a record-setting employer attendances in the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015, our employer attendance in the spring of 2016 and the fall of 2016 were record setting once again.

Student Attendance is Strong

After a slight downturn in student attendance in the fall of 2015, we saw a significant increase in student attendance to a record of 731 students in the fall of 2016. This jump represents a 51 percent year-over-year increase and a 182 percent student attendance increase over the fall of 2010.

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