The Biomedical Engineering Co-operative Education Program provides our undergraduates the opportunity to complete a 6-month, paid co-op while finishing all degree requirements within four academic years.
Experiential learning, such as a co-op position, can play a critical role in training and education, especially in engineering, as a vital complement to what is learned in the classroom and the laboratory. Co-ops provide students with opportunities to tackle real-world problems with real-world constraints, which are frequently lacking in academic exercises. Co-ops also allow students to develop and hone their professional skills, expand their professional network, and build their resume.
BME students who participate in this program will:
• Be assisted in securing a co-op position during the spring semester of their sophomore year
• Complete a portion of their coursework during the summer session
• Take a regular fall course load in fall of their junior year
• Complete a professional preparedness class during the winter session
• Pursue the co-op full time during the spring semester of their junior year and the following summer
• Return to Rutgers in fall on schedule to graduate in May of the senior year
From a company’s perspective, supporting a co-op allows:
• A “sneak-peek” at some of the most talented undergraduates in New Jersey and across the country
• Relationship building with the top biomedical engineering program in New Jersey
• Fulfillment of a broader mission to the community
The program was officially launched at the start of 2019 thanks to participation from the following companies:
• Collagen Matrix
We are in discussions with over 40 other companies to further grow and develop this exciting new program!