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:

Co-op students can benefit you by: 

Are you interested and would like to speak to someone within our office? Diane Mellon, Co-op Coordinator and Instructor, can respond to employer questions related to cooperative education.
Email: dmellon@usf.edu
Phone: 813-974-9635