JCI finds many of its new engineers by hiring them first as interns through the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program, or MECOP
, a collaboration between Oregon State University and Oregon-based manufacturing companies.
The Science Factory's Exhibit Committee is comprised of all volunteers, some of who were taking part in the MECOP
program (Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program) introduced by Oregon State University, connecting university student engineers with businesses for real-world applications of school programs of study.
is a group of approximately 60 Pacific Northwest companies that have joined to provide internship programs for junior and senior engineering students at OSU, Portland State University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology.