Information for Companies


Since the Engineering Cooperative Education Program has provided for student support by strong collaboration of industry partner. To do this, it is necessary to have the best companies available. 

One of my goals as director is to attract new companies for our students. This gives our students more choices for their COOP Practices and also helps them obtain a better job experience. 

I invite you to join our COOP Program. I am sure that this is going to be a great experience for our students and for your company. 


Ellen Ríos de Acarón
Engineeering Coop Program Director 
Plaza COOP
  • Employers have the opportunity to train students, and to consider them for permanent employment after graduation.

  • Cooperative education is a proven, cost-effective method to meet both immediate and long-range human resource needs. 

  • Cooperative education students can assist carrier employs and professional level assignment,, thus freeing career employees for more advanced responsibilities. 

  • COOP arrangements are ideal for technology transfer. Students bring fresh ideas and technologies from the classroom and employers have an opportunity to contribute to the enrichment of UPRM students by providing an educational and rewarding work environment.

  • Better prepared and well-trained engineers are the product of ties formed between industry and institution. 

  • COOP fosters on-going, productive relations between the academia and employer communities. Often COOP employers are asked to serve on Advisory Boards which exist in most academic departments. The result is that COOP employers often have a direct influence on curriculum, policies and practices.


Employers have the following responsibilities:

  • The COOP program is a partnership between the college, the employer, and the student.

  • Job assignments must be related to the students major field of study. Diversification is encouraged to afford the student a range of training and experience. The technical level should increase as the student demonstrates competency and progresses through the program.

  • We ask that you do not encourage or allow the students to switch from the COOP Program to summer, permanent, or part-time employment. Requesting that the student work part-time while on a full-time academic rotation, or accept permanent employment while still an undergraduate puts the student in academic jeopardy and is not in the spirit of the program. We realize there may be some exceptions to this guideline, and urge that you keep the COOP office informed of any change to the original schedule.

  • We ask that you do not approach us with a request to refer either only female or only male students for COOP positions with your organizations. We are committed to placing our COOP students without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era.

  • Employers are expected to allow the COOP Coordinator and/or the Director to visit the work site and review the program.

  • Employers may receive requests for “at work” photographs of COOP students. The photographs are for various publicity activities.

Recruting Students

The COOP Office assists its employers with their recruiting all throughout the year.

The Mayagüez Campus holds two job fair in fall and spring.

In addition to the job fair, you can do the following.

Create a brief job description of the position(s) that you have available for COOP students. It is also recommended that you include your company’s website. Our office will forward the resumes of students interested in interviewing with your company. Our office will arrange an interview schedule for you.

Some employers who can’t attend the interviews on our campus choose to conduct phone interviews while others prefer the students come to their own facility and interview at the job site.

After the interview process, you may make an offer to any appropriate candidate(s). You make the decision whom to hire and what salary to offer. Our office can provide you current COOP salary information as a reference.

The relationship and communication between you and the COOP coordinator is critical to the successful facilitation of the student selection process

At the end of the work term, we ask the employer to complete an evaluation of the student’s performance and return it via mail to our office.

Instructions to fill and sign the UPRM COOP Agreement

Essential Information

This information will be provide by the legal representative of the company
  • Name of the Company as is appear in the Good Standing 

  • Name of the legal representative

    (same as Corporate Resolution) 

  • Title of the legal representative 

  • Civil Status of the legal representative 

  • Town 

  • State 

The document needs to be signed at the end of the agreement and initialized at the left side on each page. The term that the agreement remains active (last paragraph) did not represent an obligation to your company of have student in COOP’s/INTERN’s. 

Documents required for PR Companies:

  • Corporate Resolution for the signature (the same as the legal representative in the agreement)  

  • Good Standing from the Department of State 

Documents required for US Companies:

  • Certificate of Incorporation 

Documents and agreement can be sent by email for verification. When the Legal Advisor of the University gives us approval, the document will be sent to you by sign request for the corresponding electronic signatures. As soon as UPRM Chancellor’s signs, a copy will be sent directly to the email of the person signing from the company.

How to join

Contact the COOP office at (787) 265-3823 and ask to speak with the COOP Program Director to discuss your interest in participating in the program. A phone call is all it takes to get started. The sooner we understand your needs, the sooner and easier it will be for us to accommodate them. 


Ellen Rios de Acaron



Alida Minguela Lopez