What is the PSU/PDX Cooperative Education Program?
The PSU/PDX Cooperative Education Program (PCEP) is a two year cooperative educational program in which Computer Science students work 20 hours per week at one of our local PCEP Partner companies in a series of defined internship roles, while concurrently taking between eight and twelve credits each term on-campus at PSU. Pay begins at $20 an hour with semi-annual raises, and the student will earn 4 credits in CS409 (CS Practicum) over the two year experience. New internship cycles start approximately every six months (January and July), and interns must work at two or more PCEP companies in at least three different roles during the 24 month program.
Why Should I Care?
The PCEP co-op will give you real life experience in several different roles (software development, quality assurance and operations support, among others) at two or more different local software companies, while allowing you take eight credits of coursework each term on campus. Not only will you gain technical experience, you'll also learn how to work in a professional environment as part of a team developing commercial software for a global customer base, while simultaneously building your professional network. A PCEP co-op will jumpstart your career as a software professional.
Any student admitted to the B.S. Computer Science degree program at Portland State University, who will have completed CS163, CS201, CS202 and CS300 (or equivalents), with grades of B or better, by the time their co-op begins may apply. In addition, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA over all required Computer Science coursework, be over 18, and have the permanent right to work in the United States (some positions require U.S. citizenship). See the Student Expectations for more information.
What are the Important Dates I should know about?*
*All dates are subject to change
- April 12, 2017: Mandatory Orientation Session, Location TBD, at 3:30 PM. Be sure to pre-register (coming soon). You must attend this session in order to apply.
- April 21, 2017: Applications due (an application link will be emailed to those that attend Orientation).
- May 3, 2017: PCEP Finalists invited to the RUSH
- May 11 & 12, 2017: The PCEP "RUSH" - TWO days of interviews for each finalist
- May 18, 2017: Offers are made.
- May 22, 2017: Deadline for Offer Acceptance.
- Week of July 3, 2017: New interns begin work.
Who are the PCEP Companies?
The PCEP companies are among some of the most exciting software companies in the Portland Metro area. Their markets range from computer security and web analytics to healthcare, social media solutions and county government, as well as everything in between.
The PCEP companies are located in downtown Portland, so students have easy walking and public transportation options for getting back and forth between work and school. In becoming a PCEP Partner, each company has acknowledged the student's educational goals are primary - they have agreed the internship program must augment, not conflict, with the educational goals of the student. This results in internships that are not only valuable to the company, but are also genuine educational experiences for the student.