MECOP (noun): a prestigious, paid internship program sponsored by Oregon industries.
You complete six-month internships with two different MECOP companies.
Internships are located throughout Oregon.
Internships are in Summer/Fall terms of your junior and senior years.
Accountancy, Business Information Systems (BIS), Marketing, and (Project) Management students may apply.
Content of this page:
Who can apply?
How does the MECOP process work?
Helpful Information for MECOP Interviews
Credit for your Internship
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
Undergraduate business students majoring in Accountancy, BIS, Finance, Marketing, and/or Management (specific interest in Project Management) can apply. Entrepreneurship majors and MBA students cannot apply.
What are the Requirements?
Requirements for MECOP:
Current major in Accountancy, Business Information Systems, Marketing, and/or Management.
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.
How does the MECOP process work?
Participation in MECOP requires several steps. You can read the information below or refer to this diagram.
Apply to the MECOP program in the Winter 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 testing 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 at the end 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 of the end of your senior year.
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 23rd. 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.
Application information can be found on the MECOP website here.
Submit your application prior to the deadline. See the program calendar for application deadlines.
Students in the process of transferring to OSU will need to submit an unofficial copy of all transcripts.
If you need to make changes to your submission you can do so as many times as needed prior to the deadline.
Management majors should look for their information under the title Project Management.
Credit for your MECOP Internship:
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 can also be used to satisfy internship requirements for a major in the College of Business. If you do not need any additional credits as part of your academic program, you will register for BA 004, a no cost and no credit transcript visible internship course. If you are not sure whether or not you need internship 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 COB MECOP Internship Request Form to register and get credit for your internship. Internship request forms must be completed before registering for a COB internship course, BA 410 or BA 004, and before starting the internship. The form will ask for the following information:
Faculty Supervisor: Professor Reitsma
Credits: 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. If you are planning to register for BA 004, the equivalent number of hours and credits needs to be completed on the form as well. Please refer to the table below:
Term you plan to register
Max credits possible that term
6 credits max
6-12 credits max
Note: some students may wish to register for 12 credits of BA 410 in a single term. To do this, you must register for the credits in the fall!
Both Summer and Fall
6 credits max each term
Means of Evaluation:
If registered for your COB Internship Course credits in fall: Submit to Professor Reitsma a copy of your final MECOP evaluation report.
If registered for your COB Internship Course credits in summer: Submit to Professor Reitsma a statement from your MECOP company stating that you completed three months of full-time MECOP work.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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 Fall term before going out on the first internship the following summer/fall.
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 $18/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. Many students find other MECOP students to share housing arrangements. About 90% of MECOP Internships are located in the Portland metro area.
How many openings are there?
The number of positions in a specific major will vary from year to year.