Co-op / / Learn By Doing

Cooperative and Experiential Education

Our unique approach to cooperative education you will rotate between rigorous, hands-on academics and deep, meaningful professional co-op experiences during your entire time at the University. And when you graduate, you will be way ahead … with a degree from one of the nation’s finest universities plus 2.5 years of professional experience on your resume.

Kettering has over 420 employer partners!

Our list of employer partners are continuously growing.












As the national leader in co-op and experiential STEM and Business education, Kettering provides an intellectually rigorous undergraduate academic curriculum in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business with applied professional experiences.

See what it’s like to major in experience.

Looking for a career in Electrical or Computer Engineering? Kettering University's co-op program will put students ahead of the game by giving them 2.5 years of professional experience.

Kettering University Co-op at Beaumont Hospital


On average, Kettering University graduates see a 20-year return on investment of $766,000, according to's 2019 College ROI Report

Since 1919, other universities have attempted to catch up to a concept Kettering University perfected a century ago.

Students at Kettering gain an edge over their peers at other universities through employment with one of our more than 420 co-op partner organizations. These organizations range from start-up companies to nonprofit organizations to some of the largest corporations in the world.

Our founders realized that it was of vital importance for college graduates to be grounded in the theoretical concepts that could only be learned in the classroom, but also have immediate experience applying those concepts in real world settings through the co-op program. You wouldn’t train a musician without ever letting them play an instrument, so why should engineers, scientists, or business leaders be educated without ever working in the field to apply what they learn?

The purpose of the program

Cooperative and Experiential Education is the key experiential learning component of Kettering University’s academic program. It is best exemplified as a three-way partnership agreement between a student, an employer, and the university.

  1. To provide students with progressively more responsible and productive experiences related to, and consistent with their academic program and professional goals.
  2. To provide educational experiences that orientate and integrate students into productive and professional roles within their respective work environments or to prepare them for the next level of their educational pursuits.
  3. To develop positive work-related habits, characteristics, and transferable skills which promote professionalism, leadership, ethical behavior, diversity, and global awareness.

Job/Graduate School Placement upon graduation.


Average Starting Salary, according to & Kettering Graduate Survey

There is no better way to train engineers, scientists, and business leaders than Kettering’s unique program that combines rigorous academics on campus with meaningful professional experience in alternating co-op terms throughout your undergraduate education.

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Kettering University student helps program autonomous technology during co-op


Kettering University student gives back to the Flint community through her co-op experience


Kettering University students work on NASA Orion Spacecraft cameras


Kettering University graduate gets dream job after co-op at Dow