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

  • It helps them clarify their professional career goals
  • They mature in a professional sense as the COOP experience provides them with a realistic view of the professional world before graduation
  • The Coop experience contributes to the development of qualities desirable in responsible professionals entering the workplace
  • Students gain work experience before graduating, boosting their resumes, and opening-up new opportunities
  • Students get paid for their work while also earn credits towards their degree

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 / Internship 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 Mayaguez.

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, then you must notify it so it can be enroll in the corresponding course (INGE/INTD4995).

After enrolling, you must maintain contact with the course professor who will contact you through the UPR-Mayaguez 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. You must provide evidence of vaccination against Covid-19 and in case of those who have to travel outside of Puerto Rico, evidence of the coverage of the medical plan in the city or state where you will work.

The student will be responsible for keeping continuous contact with UPRM-Mayaguez to adopt any additional measures required as a result of extraordinary situations such as: natural disasters, pandemics, among others.
If the company that hires you requests a copy of the UPRM-Mayaguez 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/INTD 4995
  • Name of the company
  • Town / city where you will be working

Registration for January 2022

Pre-Registration for January 2022 will be from November 15 to November 22, 2021.

Adjustments/changes will be held on January 10 and 11 until 3:00pm. January 12 will be for late registration.  Classes are scheduled to begin on January 13, 2021.

Apply Now

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

Step 1: You must fill out and sign the following application:  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 register 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 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.

Academic Advisor:

Department Academic advisorOffice E-mail Extension
Mechanical EngineeringYolanda Perez L-235Cyolanda.perez4@upr.edu2362, 2560
Electrical and Computer EngineeringVeronica Vazquez
Lani Montalvo
Maritza Figueroa
3182, 3086, 3182
Industrial EngineeringGriselys RosadoII-224griselys.rosado@upr.edu3576
Chemical Engineering Lourdes FabregasIQ-205Flourdes.fabregas@upr.edu2587
Civil Engineering and Surveying & TopographySharon Bado CI-102Bsharon.bado@upr.edu3434
Engineering Sciences and MaterialsS-2103336, 5808
Computer Sciences & EngineeringCelinés Alfaro S-220celines.alfaro@upr.edu5997

Regulations and Grade System

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.

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.

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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
Email: ellen.rios@upr.edu


Alida Minguela Lopez
Email: alida.minguela@upr.edu