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



*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.