Cooperative Education is a carefully organized and supervised paid work experience designed to provide students with pre-professional employment related to their major. This experience usually takes place in the fall or spring semester; however some Co-op experiences can begin during the summer and continue throughout the fall semester.
There are two types of plans under the Cooperative Education Program--Alternating and Parallel.
The Alternating Plan
- The alternating plan allows the student to alternate between working full-time (40 hours per week) for a semester, and then return to school as a full-time student the following semester.
The Parallel Plan
- This plan allows the student to participate in full-time or part-time study and part-time (20 hours per week) work during the same semester. The work assignment is limited to employers within a 50-mile radius from the student’s home or the university.
An internship is a paid work-related summer learning experience for individuals who wish to develop hands on work experience in their major or career goal. Most internships are temporary assignments that last approximately two to three months during the summer.
RECEIVING ACADEMIC CREDIT
In either case of Cooperative Education or Internship, students are eligible to receive up to six hours of academic credit for an elective (one time), with approval from their department and if they meet the following requirements:
- Be registered with the Office of Career Services
- Have at least 30 semester hours completed
- Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
Note: In order to receive credit for a summer internship the experience must be 10 or more weeks.