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Undergraduate Cooperative Education

The undergraduate cooperative (co-op) education program is a practical application directed towards the student’s academic course of study. The appointment is supervised and evaluated by both Argonne and the student’s institution. The program provides students with the opportunity to test skills learned in the classroom, and to expand their knowledge through related work experience. The experience gives students an ideal setting to practice the latest theories and approaches in their particular discipline.


Argonne has two types of co-op programs:

  • Alternating (semester at Argonne, followed by semester at college/university).
  • Parallel (part-time work to a maximum of 19 hours per week during the school year, concurrent with full-time college/university enrollment). Students can work full-time during the summer.

Students are expected to work a minimum of one year as a parallel co-op or three semesters as an alternating co-op. Graduate co-op opportunities are available to students while they are attending undergraduate schools in the Chicago area.

Interested applicants should review and apply to the current open co-op positions. Positions are posted throughout the year. Please check back periodically.

Click here to view a current list of open co-op positions.

Undergraduate Cooperative Education

No deadlines to apply. Positions are posted as needed.

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Application Requirements

  • 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins.
  • Cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation emailed to undergrad@​anl.​gov.
  • Co-op verification form emailed to undergrad@​anl.​gov.
  • Satisfactory background check.
  • Pass a screening drug test.
  • Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.

Financial Information

Salaries are competitive and are based upon the field of study and academic year status of the student.


Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing.