Beyond the Classroom

Construction workers on site

Learn by Experience, Not Just by Example

The construction management program will consist of many hands-on projects, but students can also gain even more experience before graduating. With co-op programs and internships, students will have a competitive edge during the career search and discover even better job opportunities.

Cooperative Education (Co-Op)

Construction management majors are encouraged to participate in the cooperative education (co-op) program. Through the co-op, students will receive a Bachelor of Science in construction management in five years while completing a minimum of three additional semesters of experience as a construction manager.

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.

Co-op Calendar
Co-op Calendar
Year Fall Spring Summer
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). 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 School of Engineering and Computer Science faculty or the Center for Career Development.