Video: Engineering student’s “unconventional” co-op

Alex Welsh

When COVID-19 increased demand for hand sanitizer, Case Western Reserve University chemical engineering student Alex Welsh got to work. She spent the 2020-21 school year as a co-op student, working full-time for two New Jersey distilleries as they shifted production to sanitizer.

Watch her video.

“The university was extremely supportive of my unconventional co-op, which I was very grateful for but not surprised by, since that very supportive and collaborative community is what initially drew me to this university.”

More than one-third of engineering students at CWRU participate in co-ops. They earn an average $18,000 for two semesters’ work. The experience and skills, as Alex learned, are priceless.