The Institute for NanoBioTechnology collaborates with major industry partners to offer a Cooperative (Co-Op) Education program for incoming masters of science in engineering (MSE) students. The program provides MSE students career training while employed for six months where they gain work experience, network, and build technical and non-technical skills that prepares them for a competitive job market. Students receive a salary from the company while employed and college credit for completing the requirements.

Students will have a research mentor at the sponsoring company and a faculty advisor in their home department. The research mentor and faculty advisor will help the students with the developed goals and objectives established by the sponsoring company. Students must establish a faculty advisor in their academic department and meet with them every six weeks for progress updates.

At the internship’s completion, students present an essay about their research experience with the company, which must be approved by their department and research mentor. For students in the materials science and engineering program, a journal publication can be submitted in lieu of an essay. Please contact the department for more details.


Students are permitted to find and apply to Co-Op opportunities outside of those listed. Some opportunities listed (Regeneron, GSK, and BMS) require that students apply to the companies directly, which often have different deadlines than those listed here. If you would like to apply to a Co-Op opportunity not listed above or apply to one that requires applying directly to the company, contact the Director of Corporate Partnerships  for further instructions and information.

  • Practical training to fulfill part of the MSE requirements in lieu of completing a research essay on campus. 
  • Obtain industry experience with a leading company and a broad technical background in disciplines such as operations, pilot plants, safety and environmental management, or regulatory affairs.
  • Financial compensation and college credit.
  • The INBT acts as a liaison to connect students with the industry partner.
  • Still unsure how a co-op can advance your career? Watch this video to learn more.

New or existing master’s students majoring in materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering. Not all of our industry partners can accommodate international students. However, we have had many international students successfully complete the program. 

Send the following materials to the Academic Program Administrator

  • A cover letter. It must include an explanation as to why you are interested in the program and a summary on your research experience.
  • Resume (not a CV).
  • Two professional reference letters.

Applicants are interviewed and evaluated by the INBT program committee members first. Qualified applicants will then move to the interview and evaluation stage with our external partners. The company reserves the right to accept or reject candidates.


Send interest statement, resume, and recommendation letters two to three months before start date.


Interview with INBT staff. If accepted, you will be matched with a company and your application packet will be sent to them for review. The company may choose to interview you as well.

Offer and Advisor

If the company makes you an offer, you have to identify a Hopkins advisor in your department and request that they advise you during the co-op program.


Meet with your Hopkins advisor and company mentor every six weeks to ensure appropriate project and educational progress.


After you completed the co-op and courses have concluded, submit and present (if applicable) your final essay.

When are applications due?

Mid- March for the July- December cohort.
Early October for the January – June cohort.

How Will I Be Matched with a Company?

Our Director of Corporate Programs will collaborate with the companies to find the best fit based on your research background and the company’s needs. You can request to work with a specific company in your statement of interest.

What are the chances I will be offered a Co-Op Position?

We have 10 corporate partners and have never had all of them filled at once. The Co-Op program is still growing so your chances are good, especially if you are a U.S. Citizen.

What if I am not a U.S. citizen? Will companies hire me?

Yes. At least half of the students who have completed the program have been international students. Almost all of the corporate sponsors will hire international students.

What Will my Visa Status be during the co-op program?

International students must apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) at least 2 weeks before before their Co-Op starts.

Can I take classes during the Co-Op program?

No. Students are to apply for and be put on non-resident status during the Co-Op.

How Will I know this program is comparable to a traditional masters program?

Your faculty advisor will meet with you and your corporate mentor regularly to ensure that you are on the right track for master’s level research. The faculty advisor is responsible for signing off on your final essay.

Contact us if you have questions.