In selected programs, students may blend their academic study with career-related, paid, productive employment in business, industry, government, or social agencies. Co-op/Internships, full or part-time, are arranged by the student or through academic departments. Duration of appointments is typically one quarter but may be extended or repeated. One credit hour of cooperative education is equal to 30 work hours. Also required is an accurate and complete file as directed through the Career Center. Supervision and evaluation are the responsibility of the co-op adviser in the student's major field of study, the student's employer, and the University co-op coordinator.
Participants in the Cooperative Education Program may gain valuable work experience while earning university credit. For more information, students may contact their academic departments and the Career Center.
The following are academic guidelines for the Cooperative Education program: (1) a minimum of 30 hours of approved activity/experience must be completed to have a Cooperative Education experience recorded on the transcript for 0 credit; (2) for each credit earned, a minimum of 30 hours of approved activity must be completed; (3) the Cooperative Education experience/credit is restricted to the major; (4) excess hours cannot be used toward general electives.