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 Luke Thorstenson 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.
  • 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.

Who Should Apply

New or existing master’s students majoring in materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Currently, not all of our industry partners can accommodate international students. However, we have had many international students successfully complete the program. 

Application Process

Send the following materials to Camille Mathis

  • 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.


Watch our video at the top of this webpage and view our Frequently Asked Questions webpage. If you have questions about companies, placements, and projects contact Luke Thorstenson. If you have questions about JHU academics, contact Camille Mathis.