Get hands-on experience and expand your functional knowledge with a paid co-op at Abbott. Typical assignments last six-to-eight months and include two-to-four weeks of training. Work alongside the best in your field and contribute to meaningful work. Learn more about our co-op jobs and apply now below.



Focus Areas

After receiving rigorous training, our co-ops have the opportunity to solve actual business problems. Co-op participants work across Abbott businesses and have the opportunity to partner with several experienced engineers throughout their job assignment. In addition to using their technical engineering knowledge and capability, our co-op students demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, perseverance, and strong communication skills, along with confidence and curiosity. An engineering co-op job is a great complement to formal education, giving students hands-on experience in the field.


Co-ops currently work in our diagnostics, cardiac rhythm management, structural heart, heart failure, and procurement businesses.


We hire several types of engineering students to do complex work, including:

Biomedical Engineers

Seeking a two-semester commitment from students currently enrolled in mechanical or biomedical engineering programs. The student will work primarily on transcatheter heart valve development with the opportunity to work with several experienced engineers over the course of his or her experience in multiple functional areas.

The position will require the student to:

  • Perform, summarize, and present research to assist the team in meeting project requirements.
  • Participate in or lead problem-solving investigations.
  • Manage engineering prototypes builds, manage testing schedules, and perform product testing.
  • Develop or improve test methods utilizing skill sets including mechanical design, prototyping, problem solving and measurement systems analysis.
  • Analyze test results and present information to the R&D team.
  •  Conduct laboratory testing of medical devices to simulate clinical use.

Computer Science Engineers

The co-op will learn and execute the following tasks:

  • Develop C#/Python/ PowerShell coding skills in the R&D framework
  • Develop tools for Software team, which will be used to simplify or automate recurring operation tasks
  • Integrate commercial tools with software development and testing workflow  
  • Support deployment of Software on Alinity CI instruments and simulators
  • Support DevOps and Cyber infrastructure management.
  • Learn in multilayer architecture and multiple subsystem environments
  • Learn continuous integration and deployment environment

Electrical Engineers

The co-op will design, build and test electrical systems for both upcoming and existing product lines. Support, program, and test FPGA based instrument control systems. Expected to demonstrate increased efficiency with schematic and programming tools and internal documentation systems.

Mechanical Engineers

The student will build, test, and document both upcoming and existing product lines, and report directly to an engineer leading the mechanical or electrical elements of a next-generation device family. Over time, students will learn to demonstrate competence with CAD software, internal documentation systems, and design principles.

Packaging Engineers

The student will support the Nutrition business by applying test methods and techniques to design and qualify packaging materials and structures. Work will range from development of new concepts through optimization of existing packaging. The student will gain experience in CAD, Laboratory ASTM testing, and ISTA Distribution Simulation analysis. The student could also work on project execution, equipment to packaging interaction studies, and investigational troubleshooting.

Supply Chain Engineers

The co-op will work intimately with customers, divisions, and the category managers driving the Abbott global procurement model. Provide high levels of customer service and satisfaction while adhering to a strict standard of business ethics and integrity. Proactively seek and develop innovative ways to improve the procurement processes, cycle times, and customer service levels.

Systems Engineers

The student will work with systems engineering subject matter experts on new product development efforts, business improvement initiatives and on-Market product support projects. Opportunities exist to become familiar with industry standard systems, engineering practices and tools, and participate in hands-on work in our development laboratories.

From Our Co-Ops


“During my time at Abbott, I had the opportunity to work on projects in the cardiac rhythm management and structural heart businesses. Through my Co-Op, I have gained in-depth knowledge in the field of quality (SQE), product development, process development, and manufacturing. It was an exhilarating experience to be part of an innovation-driven work culture where people build their best careers by enabling potential. I also had the opportunity to work alongside action-oriented leaders and self-directed team members that played a crucial role in my journey. I am excited to advance my career in STEM, knowing that I will be making a lasting impact in health care.”

Mary, Co-Op in R&D Engineering, Structural Heart Business



  • California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech)
  • Northeastern University
  • Prairie View A&M
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Texas – Arlington
  • University of Texas – Dallas




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