To broaden the practical training for Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) students in the Whiting School of Engineering, INBT collaborates with major industry partners to offer a Co-Op opportunity to incoming MSE students in the Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering programs. This is a credited and paid Co-Op program.   

Accepted students will be assigned a faculty advisor in, their academic department, and a research mentor at the sponsoring company. The company will develop a list of goals and development objectives for the student. During the Co-Op period, students meet with their INBT academic advisor every 6 weeks for progress updates. The Co-Op duration is 6 months. 


At the end of the Co-Op internship, the student will present an essay based on their research experience to be approved by their department and the industry 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.


  • Practical training experience to fulfill part of their MSE requirements in lieu of completing a research essay on campus. 
  • Opportunity to obtain industry experience with a leading company and gain 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 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. 


Please send the following materials to Camille Mathis at by November 8, 2019 (January- June cohort): 

Applicants will be interviewed and evaluated by the INBT program committee members and, if qualified, will move to the interview/evaluation stage with our external partners.  The company reserves the right to accept or reject individual candidates.


View our Frequently Asked Questions.

For questions about companies, placements, and projects contact Luke Thorstenson at

For questions about JHU academics contact Camille Mathis at 

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