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Undergraduate business students majoring in Accounting, BIS, Finance, Marketing, and/or Management (specific interest in Project Management) can apply. Entrepreneurship majors and MBA students cannot apply.
Requirements for MECOP are similar to those for COB Professional School.
Participation in MECOP requires several steps. You can read the information below or refer to this diagram.
4. Junior-Year Internship:
5. Return to Campus/Senior Year:
6. Senior-Year Internship/Return to Campus:
You should refer to the section above on How the MECOP Process Works for detailed information. Business students go out on MECOP internships from June (after classes end) to December 25th. This means that you will not be enrolled in any business major or core classes during the fall term. You must plan your academic schedule accordingly. If interested in the COB Arthur Stonehill exchange program; you should meet with your academic advisor to discuss this in more detail. It may not be possible to do both.
You should submit both electronic and paper copies of your application. Detailed instructions can be found on the application checklist provided by MECOP online. Send paper applications and other required documents directly to the MECOP Office at the address below. Do NOT send them to COB.
435 N.W. Fifth Street, Suite C
Corvallis, OR 97330-6492
Students participating in MECOP can register for and receive credit for their time away from campus. BA 410 Internship credit can be used as elective credits that will count toward your 180 total credits needed to graduate. BA 410 credit cannot be used to satisfy any requirements for a major in the College of Business. If you do not need any additional credits as part of your academic program, there is no need to sign up for BA 410 credit. If you are not sure whether or not you need elective credits, make an appointment to see your Advisor.
How to enroll for and claim internship credits for MECOP:
You will need to complete a BA 410 Learning Agreement to register and get credit for your internship. Learning agreements must be completed before registering for BA 410 and before starting the internship. The form will ask for the following information:
Professor Reitsma will be your Faculty Supervisor.
Successfully completing a 40 hour a week/6 month MECOP internship is considered equivalent to 12 credits. The maximum number of BA 410 credits that can be counted toward your degree is 16. If you take 12 credits of BA 410 on your first six-month internship, you will have only 4 credits available for your second. You must plan accordingly. The BA 410 form will ask you to fill in the credit amount. Please refer to the table below.
Term you plan to register for BA 410
Max credits possible that term
Registering for summer only?
6 credits max
Registering for fall only?
6-12 credits max
Registering for both summer & fall?
6 credits max each term
Means of Evaluation:
If registered for your BA 410 credits in fall: Submit to Professor Reitsma a copy of your final MECOP evaluation report.
If registered for your BA 410 credits in summer: Submit to Professor Reitsma a statement from your MECOP company stating that you completed three months of full-time MECOP work.
What are the important dates and deadlines for MECOP?
When do I take the BA 407 MECOP Seminar Class and when do I register for it?
Students take this class in Fall term before going out on the first internship.
What is covered in the BA 407 MECOP Seminar Class?
The class is an introduction to the MECOP program. The ‘lecture’ (plenary) part of the class introduces MECOP expectations and provides coaching on how to make your way through the MECOP selections and placements. The discipline-specific ‘lab’ classes consist of presentations by students that have been out on MECOP internships. For class requirements, refer to the sample syllabus online
When do I turn in my resume to MECOP?
Students will be coached on this as part of the BA 407 MECOP seminar (lecture part).
What is the salary range for a MECOP internship?
Salaries vary between companies but MECOP has set a minimum for business students of $16/hr.
How does housing work? Is it provided?
Housing is not provided by MECOP at any of its locations. You must make your own housing arrangements.
How many openings are there?
The number of positions in a specific major will vary from year to year.