Monash University Engineering Co-operative Education Program: tomorrow’s engineers today

  • By AusIMM and Monash University

AusIMM partner Monash University has launched an innovative new program to meet the growing need from industry for young talent and give top students the opportunity to gain extended industrial experience during their studies.

The Monash Engineering Co-operative Program (Co-op) is designed to equip students with up-to-date, relevant industry experience and prepare them to become engineers of the future.

Co-op also provides employers with access to exceptional students for internships, and the opportunity to support students through a paid Co-op term of three, six or up to 12 months. For industry, Co-op plays a part in providing students with up-to-date, relevant industry experience, while helping companies meet short-term business needs or supporting their longer-term goals to attract new talent. Co-op provides access to undergraduate students from multiple year levels across ten engineering specialisations including mining engineering, electrical and computer systems engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering and renewable energy engineering.

For those interested in participating in Co-op, the Monash Faculty of Engineering will help create a meaningful, engineering-related collaboration in the form of a paid internship. Co-op students will complete at least two paid internships of flexible duration.

The Monash Co-op experiences help students build their exposure to a range of industries

Students ready to work

Co-op students attend a customised employability skills program to ensure they are prepared for their first internship. This program includes training in resume writing, LinkedIn, interview skills, networking, problem-solving and ethical decision-making and leadership. Industry partners are invited to participate in networking events, panels and mock interviews as part of this preparatory program.

Multiple Co-op experiences help students to build their exposure to a range of industries; and lets them see different systems, work styles, technical problems and processes, making them highly versatile future employees. A three-way partnership between the student, the institution and the employer means Monash Engineering can ensure the opportunity to select from a number of suitable students.

Benefits for employers

Co-op will provide employers with premium access to Victoria’s top engineering talent and an opportunity to evaluate students over an extended period, helping to determine if they will be a good fit for an organisation while building relationships with students and Monash University. Employers will have ownership over the selection process for Co-op students, and benefit from having interns making a difference to the organisation.

Co-op gives employers the opportunity to act as co-educators while supporting and guiding students through the internship and building future capability.

Employers have the opportunity to:

  • Select from a cohort of bright, well-prepared students from multiple year levels
  • Use Co-op as an effective recruitment tool for longer term prospects
  • Manage fluctuating business needs via a flexible and cost effective method
  • Be provided with a pipeline of top talent and mature, experienced, motivated and job-ready graduates
  • Partner with Monash Engineering.

Express your interest to participate in the Monash Engineering Co-op Program today. Internships are sought for 3, 6, and 12 months commencing November 2018 and beyond.


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