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Cooperative Education

What is Cooperative Education?

Co-operative education is a nationally-recognized program that provides students with the opportunity to integrate classroom studies with “real-life” work experience.  Co-op students alternate periods of full-time academic study with periods of full-time work. These work assignments are supervised and closely related to the student’s academic program.

Advantages of Participating in Cooperative Education 

  • Apply skills learned in the classroom and expand your knowledge through degree-related work experience.

  • Test-drive your career choice or define an area of interest.

  • Get paid to work in your field of study.

  • Earn co-op credit and a co-op seal on your diploma.

  • Begin to develop a professional network.

  • Take a break from classes and studying.

  • Become more competitive in the job market and secure a higher paying job when you graduate.


To determine if you meet the co-op program criteria, please review the co-op eligibility requirements.

Students who wish to participate in the co-op program must meet with the co-op coordinator and register their co-op before going to work.  Students cannot register a co-op after they have begun working.

Application Process

Students are required to attend a Co-op & Internship Orientation before applying to the co-op or internship program. Check the Upcoming Events page for the current semester's Co-op and Internship Orientation schedule.  If you cannot attend an in-person orientation, you may complete the online orientation. Instructions on how to apply are covered in both orientations. You may also visit the Getting Started page to review the application process.

Co-op FAQs

Find answers to questions about the application process or program procedures by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page. Still have questions? Email the Program Coordinator.

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