What is the COOP Program?

The Engineering Cooperative Education Program (COOP) at UPR Mayaguez is a planned and progressive educational program that gives students the opportunity of exploring their career interests in jobs related to the field of study being pursued in college.  COOP students acquire work experience before graduating, earn credits towards their study program, and are paid for their work.

COOP Program Benefits

General RULES for ALL students to enroll the COOP course

Click each number to see the rules.

It is your responsibility to request the registration of the Internship / COOP / course according to your Department, using the electronic sheet (see registration tab). The student who does not enroll in the COOP course during the semester will be inactive and will have to apply for readmission to UPRM Mayagüez.

Enrollment for COOP Engineering courses is carried out by the staff of the COOP Program (not the Department).

After checking that we have the required and completed documents, student will be enrolled in the COOP course. The COOP office will inform by e-mail so that they can pay and confirm registration.

If you are going to enroll in the COOP course, you can only take an additional course with Distance mode (section XXXD). This course cannot be hybrid (section XXXH) or regular (with a defined schedule or synchronous).  Although many courses are attended remotely, only courses with section XXXD do not have an assigned schedule. You cannot take the Capstone course with the COOP course.

The internship / COOP practice must be full time and coincide with the dates of the enrolled semester / summer. The schedule agreed with the company must follow its regulations. If the offer is for a part time job or not industry related, you must notify to be enrollment in the correct course (INGE/INTD/4995).

After enrolling, you must maintain contact with the course professor who will contact you through the UPR-Mayagüez official e-mail. From the start date of classes the professor will send you the required course work and syllabus so it is important that you check your mail regularly.

The student enrolling in the COOP course must agree to make an appointment with his / her academic advisor to make an evaluation of his / her curriculum. In this way, you can ensure that you complete your graduation requirements and how the COOP courses (free elective or professional / technical elective) will be used in your study program. Failure to meet this assessment may affect your academic progress or graduation requirements.

The student enrolled in COOP must sign a commitment to follow the safety rules and prevention measures for COVID-19 established by the CDC, by the company for which they work and the protocol of the Mayagüez University Campus.  For students required to work in the US and enrolled in the COOP course, it is mandatory to have an active medical insurance and is responsible to confirm that it has coverage in the US. They will be responsible for any costs related to medical expenses in case of emergency.

If the company that hires you requests a copy of the UPRM-Mayagüez insurance policy, after confirming (paying) enrollment, you must send an email to COOP.ingenieria@upr.edu writing Liability Insurance in the “subject” and the following information :

  • Copy of confirmed / paid registration (from name to balance)
  • Full name
  • Student number
  • Department
  • Enrolled course COOP (XXXX4995) or INGE/4995
  • Name of the company
  • Town / city where you will be working

The student will be responsible for keeping continuous contact with UPRM-Mayagüez to adopt any additional measures required as a result of extraordinary situations such as: natural disasters, pandemics, among others.

Apply NOW

Once you receive an offer from a employer or participating organization you can start your COOP application process by following the next steps:
  • STEP #1

    You must fill and sign the General Rules and Commitment

    Note: This application has to be completed for each COOP experience.

  • STEP #2

    Once you receive your Job Offer you must request registration for the COOP course for the corresponding term.

    You must include a copy of the Job Offer and the signed General Rules and Commitment in the form.

  • STEP #3

    The student enrolling in the COOP course must agree to make an appointment with his / her academic advisor to make an academic progress evaluation of his / her curriculum. This way you can ensure that you complete your graduation requirements and how the COOP courses (free elective or career / technical elective) will be used in your program of study. Failure to comply with this assessment may affect your academic progress or graduation requirements.

  • Pre-Registration

    November 15 to November 22, 2021

  • Adjustments/changes

    January 10 and 11 until 3:00pm

  • Late registration

    January 12, 2022

  • Classes Begin

    January 20, 2022

Important Dates

Registration for Summer 2024

  • Course Selection

    April 24 to May 1st, 2024

  • Adjustments & Payment

    May 24, 2024

  • Cancellation of Registration due to non-payment

    May 28, 2024 (AM)/ Late Registration (PM)



  • Classes Begin

    May 29, 2024

Registration for August 2024

  • Course Selection

    April 24 to May 1st, 2024

  • Adjustment & Payments

    Monday, August 5 until Wednesday 7, 2024


  • Adjustment & Payments Continue

    Thursday, August 8, 2024

    Online Payment & Window Payment available until 2:59pm

    Non-Paid/Non-Confirm Registration Cancellation (schoolaship balance 0) from 3:00pm


  • Late Registration with Charges from 1:00pm

    Friday, August 9, 2024

  • Classes Begin

    Monday, August 12, 2024

Regulations and Grade System

  • Upon registration in any working period, COOP students are considered regular students at the University with all rights, privileges and obligations this status entails, including financial assistance if the student qualifies. (See certification 94-94-69).

  • When the students end their COOP term and return to the university they will have a registration priority for the next two semesters.

  • The COOP Student will register for at least a semester and/or a summer in the COOP Practice course each time they attend a working period. Students will obtain the corresponding credits after finalizing their term. These credits hours can be used as a technical or free elective in their curriculum.

Looking for a COOP opportunity?

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Your company is interested?

Each year new companies join the COOP Program to create an enriching experience for students in the engineering field. If you want to participate or find out more about the process and opportunity, click on the following link.


Academic Advisors

Mechanical Engineering

Office: L-235C

Extension: 2362, 2560

Chemical Engineering

Office: IQ-205F

Extension: 2587

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Office: S-224

Extension: 3182, 3086

Civil Engineering and Surveying & Topography

Office: CI-102B

Extension: 3434

Industrial Engineering

Office: II-224

Extension: 3204, 3756

Computer Sciences & Software Engineering

Office: S-220

Extension: 5997

Engineering Sciences and Materials


E-mail: N/A

Office: S-210

Extension: 3336, 5808

Academic Advisor

Office: II-224

Extension: 3204

Office: L-235C

Extension: 2362, 2560, 3659

Office: IQ-205F

Extension: 2587

Office: S-224

Extension: 3182, 3086, 3182

Office: CI-102B

Extension: 3434, 3559

Office: S-220

Extension: 5997


Office: S-210

Extension: 3336, 5808


Tel. (787)-265-3823 | (787)-832-4040 ext.3823 | fax. (787)-833-6965
COOP Program Office SA-201 Stefani Bldg | Mayaguez, PR 00680
Monday - Friday: 7:45-11:45 a.m. - 1:00-4:30 p.m.
COOP Program Office / College of Engineering / Call Box 9000 /Mayaguez, PR 00681-9000


Ellen Rios de Acaron

E-mail: ellen.rios@upr.edu


Alida Minguela Lopez

E-mail: alida.minguela@upr.edu