Beyond the Classroom
Learning Through Experience
Civil engineering students at UE gain real world experience through co-op programs that not only provide experience, but also give our students a leg up for better jobs and higher salaries after graduation.
Cooperative Education (Co-Op)
Civil engineering majors are encouraged to participate in the cooperative education (co-op) program. Through the co-op, students will receive a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering (BSCE) degree in five years while completing a minimum of three additional semesters of experience as a civil engineer. About 20 percent of civil engineering students participate in the co-op program.
Students will benefit in several ways through the co-op program. Most importantly, it provides valuable experience for a future career. Employers have an opportunity to hire students as prospective employees, and students can gain experience and weigh their options before entering the workforce.
Co-op students typically receive a higher salary offer upon graduation compared to those not in the co-op program. Graduates are also frequently offered long-term employment opportunities.
The table below shows the calendar for a typical student in the co-op program. After two years of regular classes, the student begins their co-op period and works through the summer. Their junior year will be split between a semester of classes and a semester of work. Afterward, semesters will rotate between classes and work, leading up to graduation.
|1||School 1||School 2||Work Option|
|2||School 3||School 4||Work 1|
|3||School 5||Work 2||School 6|
|4||Work 3||School 7||Work 4|
|5||School 8||School 9|
Co-op students can choose from a wide range of employers within the Evansville area and throughout the tri-state region (Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois). Students may also complete the co-op program with an employer closer to home. Previous employers include:
- Bowen Engineering
- Burns and McDonnell Engineering
- CHA Consulting, Inc
- City of Evansville
- City of Indianapolis
- CIVES Steel Company
- Indiana DOT
- Lochmueller Group
- Morley, Inc.
- Patriot Engineering
- Traylor Brothers
- U.S, Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Navy
- CenterPoint Energy
For more information about the University's Cooperative Education Program, please visit the University of Evansville Center for Career Development.
Students can benefit from semester-long, full-time professional work experiences through internships. Internship placements are set up through civil engineering faculty or the Center for Career Development.