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Helping students add paid, educationally relevant work experience to their education is important at the University of Tennessee.

As we move through 2018, we continue to see unprecedented growth in student and 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 the nation’s oldest. We are dedicated to helping engineering students find educationally relevant paid co-op and internship positions with one of our hundreds of participating employers.

Recent Key Accomplishments

  • ƒThe fall 2017 Engineering Expo welcomed a record 90 employers and 838 students.
  • The spring 2018 Engineering Expo was our largest employer-attended spring event in our history, with 80 employers and 661 students attending.
  • We continue to see over 1,200 students, faculty, and staff attend the fall Engineering Cookout each year, making it one of the largest annual engineering events at UT.
  • In March 2017 we held the sixth annual Engineering Professional Practice Spring Banquet.
  • In Academic Year 2017, over 40 percent of graduating engineering seniors completed at least one co-op or internship assignment while 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 Employers Placements: Academic Year 2016–2017
2016-2017 Top Employers

Engineering Expo

Employer Attendance is on the Rise

Our program has experienced consistent growth in Engineering Expo employer attendance since AY2010–11. After record-setting employer attendances in fall 2014 and spring 2016, our employer attendance in fall 2017 and spring 2018 set new records for employer participation.

Student Attendance is Strong

Student attendance at the fall 2017 and spring 2018 expos have also set new records. The student attendance increase in fall 2017 represents a nearly 15 percent year-over-year increase over fall 2016, while the increase in student attendance in spring 2018 was a 32 percent year-over-year increase.

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