Cooperative education is an educational model in which students alternate traditional academic semesters with semesters spent working full-time in their chosen field. Co-op positions are paid and are offered by a variety of organizations all over the country and the world. Students complete between three and five co-op semesters prior to graduation. During each co-op semester, students complete an online course intended to help them focus on their academic and professional development. Co-op employers are also asked to evaluate student development and performance.
Co-op exposes students to the real world of work. It promotes professional development and gives students a chance to apply what they are learning. Additionally, students who complete the co-op program graduate with substantial, major-related experience on their resume.
Students in all majors in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) are required to participate. Students in the Linder College of Business (LCB) and Communication majors in Arts & Science (A&S) have the option to participate. Students in the IT major in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services (CECH) also participate.