Often confused with internship, Cooperative Education or Co-Op for short is an academic program that is meant to complement your education through hands-on application in your field of study. Through aa Co-op you can grow your skillset and gain industry experience by participating in alternating semesters of academic classes and paid full time work within a company. Co-ops offers the unique benefit of balancing your studies by taking advantage of alternating semesters. Staying with one company affords you the ability of obtaining in depth and increasingly more robust work experience and developing meaningful relationships with potential future coworkers.
Things you will need:
- Student Agreement Form
- Signed Offer Letter
- Meet with your advisor
- Proposed schedule for work vs school
Benefits of Co-Op
Apply What You Learn
Allows you to apply what you learn in the classroom to your chosen career field
Provides relevant work experience
Earn Academic credit
Build your professional network
Opportunity to earn while you learn – the average hourly wage for co-ops was $20.20
Find Your Next Co-Op
Since your cooperative education opportunity must be related to your academic course of study, your first step should be to check in with your academic advisor to see if such an experience is allowable in your discipline and to learn the process your academic department has set up for you to get involved.
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