Earn While You Learn in Kettering’s 尖端 合作项目

$45,000–$70,000. That’s how much the average student earns in Kettering’s university 合作社 program. 另外, Kettering students graduate with roughly two years of full-time work experience from their 合作社. 

What does that mean for you? A significant head start over any students from competing schools. Amazingly enough, Kettering student’s lifetime earnings are on average over $814,000 over any other school in the state. With hard work, diligence and access to Kettering’s wide-reaching network of employer partners, you can earn that income, too — and test drive your career before graduation.

What are co-ops? 项目 that help you gain professional experience alongside what you learn in the classroom. 在凯特林, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind co-op model.


Why Choose Kettering’s University 合作社 Experience?

在凯特林, cooperative education is at the center of everything you’ll do — we believe co-op programs should be more than just an option or internship at the end of your degree. Starting in your 第一年, you’ll rotate between the classroom and paid, on-the-job experiences throughout your time at Kettering. That means your university co-op experience will account for a full half of your education at Kettering, so you can hit the ground running as soon as you graduate.

Here’s what else sets the Kettering experience apart from other co-op programs.

A vast network of 合作社 Employer Partners

Kettering works to help you establish connections with the people who will help you succeed, from our nearly 500 employer partners (including companies like GM and Ford Motor Company) to our strong alumni network.


The tools you need to find a 合作社 employer

From resume guidance to dedicated 合作社 managers, we strive to help you find 业务, computer science, applied science and mathematics or 工程 合作社 partners for your time at Kettering. Our 合作社 managers act as a liaison between employers and the University to create more opportunities for our students.


Paid 合作社 opportunities

What are co-ops? While most internships are unpaid, Kettering’s university 合作社 allows you to earn money before you graduate — and gain up to 2.5 years of experience before graduation. This experience helps you qualify for intermediate-level positions after you graduate.


What Are 合作社s? Putting Theory into Practice

合作社 programs, or cooperative education programs, are educational models that allow students like you to work while attending classes. 合作社 programs help you apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world contexts, balancing academic theory with practical work experience. 在凯特林, your university 合作社 experience begins in your 第一年, and from there you’ll alternate terms spent working and in class.

How is a university co-op different from an internship?

While co-op opportunities can be similar to internships, cooperative education is very different. Internships are typically optional, unpaid and last only one semester. Kettering’s university 合作社 is required, paid and taken over several 12-week periods throughout your time here.

合作社 Opportunities and Employer Partners at Kettering

在凯特林, your co-op opportunities are nearly endless. Whether your field of study is in 工程, computer science, 业务,或 sciences and liberal arts, we’ll help you find a 合作社 partner that aligns with your interests.

These co-op opportunities help you build your resume and the soft and hard skills you’ll need throughout your career. You’ll also get the chance to make a good impression at your chosen company, increasing your chance of obtaining a job there following graduation.

Work with university co-op employers in areas like:

  • 汽车
  • Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM)
  • 医疗保健
  • 技术
  • 业务

Choose from 工程 co-ops or other co-op opportunities at leading companies like:

  • 高速铁道公司.
  • America’s Most Wanted 4X4
  • BorgWarner
  • 博世
  • CoorsTek
  • Deep Space Systems
  • 陶氏
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Ghost 机器人
  • 日产
  • 雀巢公司美国
  • Bronson 医疗保健 Group

Cooperative Education at Kettering, Semester by Semester

When you’ll take classes — and when you’ll work

As an incoming student, you’ll be assigned to A or B section that determines when you’ll take classes and when you’ll work with an employer partner.




Summer (July - September)



Fall (October - December)



Winter (January - March)



Spring (April - June)



How Much Will You Make at Your 合作社?



Average First Year 合作社 Wage





Average Senior 合作社 Wage

Finding 合作社 Opportunities and Employers

合作社 programs give you the chance to refine your skills, apply what you’ve learned and make essential connections with potential employers. Kettering offers numerous resources to help you succeed in your cooperative education, but you should also assume an active role in identifying an employer partner.



Already Accepted to Kettering?

Learn more about where to start in finding your Kettering University co-op.


Engineer Your Future in a Distinctive Cooperative Education Program.