CME Professional Development Co-Op

A Dedicated Pipeline for Entry-Level Talent at Medtronic

Model Summary

The Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) Professional Development Co-Op provides students enrolled in the University of Mississippi CME program an opportunity to apply their classroom skills and knowledge to projects at a major manufacturing operation. Students complete paid co-ops that provide them practical, on-the-job work experience alongside established professionals in their field of study.

Key Elements of the Model

  • Pathway to careers in modern manufacturing
  • Mentorship
  • Income for student
  • Transferable interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
  • Relationship building with business representatives at the co-op site
  • Credit hours toward an undergraduate degree