Lehigh engineering students that meet a GPA requirement and are in their sophomore year are eligible to participate in the Lehigh Co-op program. Basically, you apply to companies like you would apply to an internship, except the work you do will be more hands on. Applications for specific positions begin on the first day of the spring semester. After applications are done, interviews will take place sometime in February or March. Offers will be given a month or two after the interviews. If you choose to accept the offer, you will be required to take summer sessions at Lehigh after your sophomore year is over. During your junior fall semester, you will have a work rotation with your company. After the first rotation, you return to Lehigh for your spring semester. After spring semester is over, you attend your second work rotation. From what I have gathered, most people who participate in the co-op program are offered jobs at the company. The main differences between the co-op program and a regular internship is the work load and responsibilities. As a co-op, you will be working with the company for longer periods, so they can to give you more important work vs an intern who will only be there for maybe ten weeks. Also, during the fall rotation, you will be one of the only students at the company since internships usually take place during the summer. It is very likely that I will be trying to get a co-op position next semester because the program appears to be very beneficial. If I cannot get a position, internships are still a possibility.
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