MECOP (noun): a prestigious, Oregon industry-sponsored, paid internship program.
- You complete two six-month internships with two (different) ‘MECOP’ companies.
- Internships can be located anywhere in Oregon.
- Internships are in Summer/Fall terms of your junior & senior years.
- Accounting, Business Information Systems (BIS), Finance, Marketing, and Project Management students may apply.
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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.
- Current Pre-Business major- eligible to apply to Pro-School by spring term of your sophomore year
- Competitive GPA for your major of choice
- Good-standing in the COB (minimum AIB GPA of 2.5 with no grade below C-)
- 90 credits complete by the end of spring term of your sophomore year.
- Completion of ALL pre-business core by end of spring term of your sophomore year.
Participation in MECOP requires several steps. You can read the information below or refer to this diagram.
- Apply to the MECOP program in the Spring term of your sophomore year.
- COB and MECOP will screen your application for eligibility and qualifications.
- Participate in a ‘selection’ interview with MECOP representatives; only after you pass the screening described in step 1 above. MECOP will either ‘select’ you into the program or decline your application.
- If accepted, your academic standing (GPA, etc.) will be monitored. Failure to remain in good academic standing could result in removal from the program.
- Register for a one-credit BA407 MECOP seminar in the Fall term of your junior year. This seminar prepares you for your upcoming MECOP internships.
- Participate in a ‘placement’ interview with MECOP company representatives during winter term of your junior year. This is when MECOP decides what company you will be placed at for your first internship. (MECOP does its very best to place all selected students into internships. However, there are no guarantees. Occasionally fewer students may be placed than were selected. Until you have received confirmation from MECOP of your placement with a company, you remain uncertain about actually acquiring such an internship).
- Virtually every MECOP company conducts drug test and criminal background checks after you are placed with that company. Failing either could result in removal from the program.
4. Junior Year Internship:
- Go out on your first MECOP internship in Summer/Fall term of your junior year.
5. Return to Campus/ Senior Year:
- You may be asked to help in the BA407 MECOP seminar to prepare the next cohort of MECOP interns.
- Participate in a second ‘placement’ interview with MECOP company representatives. It is at this time that MECOP will decide where you will be placed for your second internship.
6. Senior Year Internship/Return to Campus:
- Go out on your second MECOP internship in Summer/Fall term.
When do students go out on internships?
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 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
Turn in all parts of your application (including paper documents) on time.
Carefully fill out the application. Once submitted, you cannot go back and correct it or add to it.
Management majors should look for their information under the title Project Management.
If you can’t print your transcripts, email COB Advising.
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?
Please refer directly to the calendar online at the MECOP website for specific information. For an overview of the MECOP process, please refer to the How the MECOP Process Works Section above.
When do I take the BA 407 MECOP Seminar Class and when do I register for it?
Students take this class in spring 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 BA407 MECOP seminar (lecture part).
Where are the essay questions mentioned in the video?
After watching the video and completing the quiz you will be able to click on the resume link to fill out and submit your resume. The essay questions are a part of the resume.
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.