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Undergraduate Program

Biomedical Engineering Cooperative Education program


The Biomedical Engineering program, in collaboration with the School of Engineering, will be piloting a cooperative education model for domestic students in the undergraduate program beginning in January 2019.

The program, which will focus on providing on-the-job experiences for undergraduates interested in learning more about career opportunities in the biomedical and biological sciences, will create opportunities for students to network with and learn new skills from professionals working in various related fields.

Co-op students will complete a preliminary course before beginning their off-campus work in basic employment competencies, which will include information related to professionalism, business etiquette, and ethics in the workplace, basic resume and interviewing skills, and other job skills related to working in a science-based position.

Students will be available in January 2019 to start working with companies interested in hosting them for a 6-month long cooperative education experience.
Co-op terms run January 1-June 30 and July 1-December 31, annually.

Requirements

  • Eligibility: BME majors, entering third or fourth year, with first two years of course work, GPA >2.8
  • Required prerequisite course: ES85: Professional Preparation for Cooperative Education, before any co-op placement.

Application Process

  1. Students complete a co-op application form and meet with a faculty advisor (Qiaobing Xu) or co-op coordinator to discuss the application process.
  2. Students apply for one of four possible cycles (2 cycles in junior year, 2 cycles in senior year), both years run July to December, or January to June. Students can also apply for the 2 cycles if they choose a five-year program.
  3. Students apply for co-op positions through Handshake.
  4. The employer will screen resumes and contact students for interviews.
  5. The employer decides on a co-op hire.
  6. Both employer and student sign the employment agreement and other forms.
  7. Co-op advisor or coordinator tracks students and sites during interview process and during co-op

Timeline for Application Process

Co-op cycle Months Activity

January – June

September

Students discuss with co-op coordinator for appropriate co-op options and submit application form to the department; take ES85 course

October – November

Co-op application through Handshake and candidate interview; Sign offer and hiring agreement

January

Co-op starts

July – December

January

Students discuss with co-op coordinator for appropriate co-op options and submit application form to the department; students should take ES85 in fall last year

February – May

Co-op application through Handshake and candidate interview; Sign offer and hiring agreement

July

Co-op starts

Contact

To recruit Tufts talent, contact Saqi Mehta.

For more information on the Tufts Biomedical Engineering Co-op Program, contact Qiaobing Xu

For logistics information on co-op placement, contact Tufts Student Services.


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