What is Co-op?

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a USF course administered by Career Services that integrates hands-on, paid, career-related work experience with your academic program and provides you with valuable training in your chosen career field. It is offered part-time (Parallel) or full-time (Alternating). Access to the course is by permit only.

Why Co-op? You will gain valuable, paid career-related experience in your chosen field and access to an exclusive pool of pre-screened employers and positions. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals committed to mentoring and developing young professionals. Experience will be documented on your official academic transcripts (for "0" credits, graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory). Please verify you meet all the below requirements to participate in Cooperative Education. If so, please check out the application timeline and process.

Career Services' Definition of a Full-Time* Co-op Student for Alternating or Parallel Co-op Options


  • Work a minimum of 15, preferably 20, on-site hours at an approved Co-op site that results in a minimum of 240 on-site training hours for the semester
  • Enroll and complete 6 credit hours of coursework
  • International Students: Enroll and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours (Graduate Students: minimum of 9 credit hours) and must work no more and no less than 20 hrs. per week


  • Work a minimum of 35 on-site hours at an approved Co-op site that results in a minimum of 480 on-site training hours for the semester
  • No coursework is required; however, it is recommended that one course (on-line or evening) be taken to avoid paying a Co-op fee and maintaining academic progress toward graduation

*Other university offices may define a full-time student differently. In addition, other benefit programs may use different criteria to define a full-time student. These may include, but are not limited to: the Veterans Administration, Bright Futures and other scholarships programs, other federal, state or civic programs or scholarships.