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Semester Conversion

Co-op FAQ for Employers

Will co-op be suspended during the transition?

No. Students will participate in cooperative education (co-op) work opportunities throughout the conversion period.

Will employers get year-round coverage with the semester calendar?

Yes. Employers will be able to maintain a steady number of co-op students throughout the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Co-op employer with co-op student.
Will students be spending less time in the field with the semester calendar?

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.

What will the undergraduate co-op cycles look like under semesters?

See the Undergraduate Co-op Cycles page for cycles for different programs and colleges.

What are the advantages of semester-based co-op for employers?
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.)