Wentworth delivers a hands-on, practical education that puts you on the path to a rewarding career. At the Center for Cooperative Education and Career Development, we provide you with the opportunities you need to turn theory into practice, and teach you how to find the co-ops and jobs that best serve your interests and skills.
Wentworth’s Cooperative education program (co-op) is one of the most comprehensive in the country and forms the basis for our high career success rate for graduates among leading organizations – locally, nationally, and worldwide. Two semesters of co-op experiences are required for all undergraduate day students, with a third semester optional. Wentworth graduates hit the ground running and achieve career success because they already have extensive experience applying classroom knowledge in real-world situations. After graduation, this experience pays off: the median starting salary for Wentworth graduates is $60,000. Furthermore, approximately 60 percent of Wentworth graduates receive an offer of full-time employment one or both their co-op employers and 98 percent of survey respondents from the Class of 2017 accepted a job or enrolled in a graduate degree program within six months of graduation. Alumni often describe their co-ops as among their most memorable experiences at Wentworth.
- During co-op terms, students earn income, but do not pay tuition. If their co-op job is local, students can live on campus and will pay for housing, maintaining close connections to their friends and Wentworth activities. Though most co-ops take place in New England, there are no limits. Students have worked across the United States as well as outside the country in places such as Australia, China, and France.
- Wentworth’s Center for Cooperative Education and Career Development provides students plenty of support to help you achieve your professional goals. Additionally, your dedicated CO-OP + CAREER Advisor will work with you on résumé writing, job-search strategies, and interviewing techniques. We also provide bi-annual career fairs, a mock interview event, online job search tools, and on-campus recruiting.
- Co-ops have a cyclical influence: Coursework prepares student for co-ops; the co-op experience provides students with greater perspective and understanding that they bring back to the classroom. Upon graduation, the combination of academics and cooperative education provides a considerable competitive advantage in the job market and the workplace.
- Students can obtain positions with major corporations such as Amazon, BOND, Bose Corporation, Boston Red Sox, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Dell EMC, General Electric, Hasbro, iRobot, Massachusetts General Hospital, NASA, Payette Associates, Raytheon, SharkNinja, Suffolk Construction, Tesla Motors, Weston & Sampson, and ZOLL Medical.
- Most co-ops through Wentworth are paid and student salaries for co-op average between $14 - $20 an hour. For more detailed information about salary information by major, please visit our Center for Cooperative Education and Career Development Career Outcomes page.
Your Guide to a Wentworth Co-op