Co-op Info for Employers
Cooperative Education is a semester-long course with an academic component taught on-line. This course is taught while students are concurrently accumulating practical on-site training with an employer. While Career Services handles the academic side, our Co-op employers provide the opportunity for students to engage in a paid training experience in fields related to their major while they are pursuing their degrees. Co-op offers a cost-effective way to recruit from a pre-screened candidate pool and permits the evaluation of potential hires without long-term commitment.
As Co-ops are always paid positions, the Co-op course is "0" credits but is documented on the students' academic transcript each semester they are out training. Career Services pre-screens students for good academic standing with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, completion of at least 45 semester hours of coursework, and an officially accepted/declared status within their major. Cooperative Education may be a one or multi-semester commitment from the employer and the student.
Two plans are available:
- Alternating Plan: students alternate full-time semesters of training (35-40 hours a week per semester) with full-time semesters of study
- Parallel Plan: students work their Co-op assignments on a part-time basis (15-25 hours a week per semester) while taking classes
Co-op students can benefit you by:
- Offering fresh ideas for you work environment
- Freeing-up higher-paid professionals for other assignments
- Providing you with a pipeline of potentially permanent employees
Are you interested and would like to speak to someone within our office? Amanda Marshall, Cooperative Education Employer Relations Assistant, can respond to employer questions
related to cooperative education.
- Co-op Recruitment Timeline
- Co-op Employer Expectations
- Steps to Hire a Co-op Student
- Co-op FAQs for Employers