SEE MORE EMPLOYER FAQs RELATED TO CONVERSION ON THE CO-OP SITE.
Co-op FAQ for Employers
No. Under the current quarter system, co-op students typically work 6 quarters, which equals about 18 months of work experience. Under semesters, students will typically work 5 semesters, which equals about 20 months. Students who begin co-op after semester conversion will experience an extra two months in the field due to semester conversion.
See the Undergraduate Co-op Cycles page for cycles for different programs and colleges.
Better return on investment.
When employers hire co-op students, they invest time and money into the students’ training. With longer terms and fewer interruptions, employers get a greater return on their investments. Students will spend more time working each term – which allows employers to assign students projects of greater longevity and complexity.
Similar academic calendars make scheduling easier.
For employers who hire co-op students from multiple schools, scheduling will be easier. Other co-op institutions function on the semester system, including Northeastern University, the University of Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech University and the University of Tennessee.
Co-op students are better trained for future jobs.
Certain industries, such as construction and accounting, have busy seasons, as well as low-activity periods. With a semester calendar, students will experience all the seasonal activities of their industry. By experiencing each season in the field, co-op students receive a well-rounded experience that increases their value as potential future workers for employers. (Currently, on the quarter system, a co-op student generally works a fall/spring quarter rotation or a winter/summer quarter rotation throughout his/her college years.)
- Watch the Co-op FAQ video
- Sign up for the 2011 co-op industrial symposium
- Employer feedback from February 2010 symposium, including strengths that employers see for co-op offered under semesters
- Watch the UC Symposium for Co-op Employers video
- Return to the Cooperative Education main page
- Return to the FAQ main page
- UC Co-op's employer page