Professional Co-op Program

The UMass Lowell (UML) Undergraduate Professional Cooperative Education program is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with work experience. Commonly known as “co-op”, this valuable experience is an academic program designed to complement a student’s formal education with paid practical work related to the student’s academic major.

What is Co-op at UML?

  • A full-time, paid work experience with an industry partner, usually for 6 months.
  • A program for undergraduates that alternates a semester of on-campus academic study with a work experience in industry. 
  • A three-phase sequenced series of courses incorporating a pre-co-op preparation course, the co-op work experience, and a post-co-op reflection seminar.
  • A structured, selective, voluntary program for full-time undergraduate students in the Francis College of Engineering, Kennedy College of Sciences, Manning School of Business, Department of Economics, and Pharmaceutical Sciences major, and Applied Biomedical Sciences major – Clinical Science option

What’s Better Than One Co-op? Two.

Uyen completed her first co-op in 2022 at MFS Investment Management, focusing on her MIS concentration. Then, she completed a second co-op the following year at Bose Corporation, concentrating on the Analytics & Operations Management field.

Read what Uyen had to say about the benefits of completing multiple co-ops during her time here at UML.

By Uyen Mai
Uyen Mai
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Provost Perspective: The Power of a Co-op

Undertaking a Co-op is a wonderful opportunity provided here at UMass Lowell. Here at the Career & Co-op Center, we actively work with academic departments to share the benefits of this experience, but we aren’t the only ones.
Joe Hartman, …

By Rae Perry
Rae Perry Director, Cooperative Education and Experiential Learning
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Top 3 Reasons Students Should Consider Applying to the Professional Co-op Program

While the fall semester may have just started, The Professional Co-op Program team is already preparing for spring 2024! We’re getting ready to open our application for students to join the program next year. Co-ops are wonderful opportunities that many …

By Tiffany Medeiros
Tiffany Medeiros Assistant Director, Cooperative Education
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Fall 2023 Co-op Info Session Schedule Now Available

Interested in the undergraduate Professional Co-op Program? Want to learn more? Attend an information session! Our Fall 2023 information session schedule is now available. We hope to see you there!

You can also review your eligibility for the Professional Co-op …

By Tiffany Medeiros
Tiffany Medeiros Assistant Director, Cooperative Education
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How Professional Co-op Works

How Professional Co-op Works: A Three-Phase Process

The Professional Co-op Program is a structured program comprised of three required phases:

Each …

Who Can Participate in the Professional Co-op Program

Minimum Requirements to be considered for the Professional Co-op Program

International students can participate subject to guidelines of the UMass …

Why Participate in the Professional Co-op Program

Through the Professional Co-op Program, students can:

Co-op Advising

Students in the Professional Co-op Program are supported by a co-op advisor that provides education, coaching, and ongoing guidance on …

How to Apply to the Professional Co-op Program

Step One: Attend an Information Session

The Professional Co-op Program holds information sessions throughout the fall and spring semesters to …

Co-op Student Handbook

PDF: A handbook about the Professional Co-op Program.

Contact & Location


University Crossing, Suite 450
220 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, MA 01854-5148

O'Leary Library, Room 105
61 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854-5148

Appointment Hours

Monday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.