Co-Op Program

Co-Op Program Mission

To enhance students' educational experience with real-world work experience through educationally related work and learning opportunities.

By combining theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development on the job, we hope to contribute to the development of personal and professional maturity and ethics.

At its completion, it is our hope that the evolving relationship between student and company leads to a permanent / full-time working status.

Benefits of Program for Students

  • Develop necessary skills and knowledge applicable to student's interest in the field of Construction.
  • Explore, through on-the-job experience, the career options related to their course work as well as verifying their interest in this career of choice.
  • Skills and working knowledge gained from the Co-Op eventually enhancing formal education once students return to school
  • Building a relationship with the Company in which hard work, dedication, and knowledge leads to a full-time position following college graduation.

Requirements and Eligibility

  • Applicants must be college students pursuing an associates or bachelors degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a two or four year university, with the possibility of entering into a Co-Op for at least two terms preferred.
  • Strongly encouraged that students looking to Co-Op with Independence Excavating plan to do so for at least two terms.
  • Independence Excavating has a GPA requirement of 2.8/4.0 scale.
  • Co-Ops at IX are required to work full-time, 40 + hour weeks, preferably when the student is taking a quarter/semester off of school.
  • Co-Ops are also required to be available for work involving travel outside of the state of Ohio for time periods stretching from a few weeks to the length of their entire Co-Op with IX. Any housing expense would be covered in full by the Company.
  • The opportunity to be selected for a co-op position is largely determined by the qualifications presented in the resume and the image projected in the interview.