Cooperative Education (CO-OP) is a supervised, academic program that formally integrates semesters of academic study with semesters of paid, full-time work experience while retaining full-time student status.
What is the CO-OP Program?
- Co-op is a relevant, supervised, paid, career-related work experience, which helps students gain a better understanding of their chosen field while increasing marketability at graduation.
- There are many co-op models (work schedule options) available to meet students’ and employers’ specific needs. Co-op models may include alternating, back-to-back, and single work terms.
- Co-op is generally not a summer-only program, except in certain circumstances (e.g., international students).
- While co-oping, students are enrolled in a specific course (e.g., ENGR 385, BUSN 392, AGLS 292, etc.), which allows students to maintain full-time student status during their co-op work terms (even though co-op courses are typically 1-2 credit hours, depending on the college).
Benefits of CO-OP
- Opportunity to confirm your choice of major
- Gain professional work experience
- Increase your understanding of classroom theory
- Earn money to help pay college expenses
- Gain useful employment contacts
- Develop confidence and professional skills
If you plan to co-op, you must attend a Co-op orientation.
The Co-op orientation schedule can be found on the Career Center’s event calendar
. At the orientation, the entire co-op process will be explained, while allowing you will receive information on completing all the steps in the co-op process and have the opportunity to ask co-op questions.
If there are no more Co-op orientations during the semester, email Brad Collet at email@example.com
, or call our front desk at 979-458-8627 for more information.
To find a list of Co-op orientations visit the Career Center events calendar.