You can get college credit while getting paid at a job you want to do when you graduate. Really, it’s true. That’s what co-op education is.
how it works
- One year minimum commitment.
- You need to enroll. Credit is through related Academic Career Experience (ACE) courses.
- You’ll work 12 to 40 hours per week. Typically, students work about 20-25 hours around their class schedule.
- Positions are with local businesses.
What are the benefits?
- Apply classroom theory to real work experience.
- Test the waters. Make sure you like a career before you’ve committed a lot of time and resources.
- Be more marketable when you graduate. Potential employers are more interested when you’ve already had experience.
- Get paid while you’re in school.
- Things like problem-solving, self-confidence and self-discipline are all signs of maturity – You gain that by experience.
- Improve those people skills in a work setting. To be able to work well with others – That’s priceless.
We can help you find a co-op experience that’s perfect for you. Contact the Academic Career Experience office.
When it comes to your career path, don’t let the little opportunities pass you by. Even if that means volunteering for a weekend or taking an unpaid internship somewhere. Every experience along your career path is good experience.
"Because of my co-op experience, I got to know and understand my field of work prior to being eligible to take classes specifically for my major."
ACE 201W Student, Fall 2016