Cooperative Education FAQs
So, what is Cooperative Education (Co-op) all about?
Cooperative Education gives students an opportunity to try out career options prior to graduation. Students gain valuable career-related experience while earning academic credit and money. After graduation, students usually find that their Co-op position makes them more attractive to prospective employers. In addition, they often receive higher salary offers than students without Co-op experience.
What are the qualifications for Co-op?
- Matriculated undergraduate student
- Completed a minimum of 60 credits
- Minimum GPA of 2.0
- Open to all majors
Why should I participate in a Co-op?
- You will earn a wage from the Cooperative education employer
- You will earn elective credit
- It is a valuable tool in career decision making
- It offers you the opportunity to try out career opportunities prior to graduation
- After graduation, students usually find it make them attractive to prospective employers
Do I need a resume?
Yes, a resume is required. Set-up an appointment with a Career Advisor for assistance with developing your resume.
How do I start the application process for Co-op?
You need to schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Advisor to begin the Co-op application process by calling (203) 392-6536 or stopping by the Center for Career Services in the Wintergreen building.
Once your resume is approved, you will be given access to potential Co-op experiences.
Will I receive college credit for my Co-op experience?
Yes, you will receive elective credit.
How many credits can I earn through Co-op?
1-12 elective credits are awarded upon successful completion of the employment period.
Am I given a grade for the Co-op?
A Pass/Fail grade is given upon successful completion of the Co-op.
Am I guaranteed a Co-op job?
Economic and job market conditions can impact the availability of jobs and the success of students being hired.
What are the Co-op work Periods?
Co-op opportunities can last for a semester, summer, or six months, and can be either full-time or part-time.
What type of Co-op opportunities are available?
There are a wide variety of opportunities available to students. We work closely with students to assist them in finding a Co-op experience. Students can also discuss with us any jobs that they have pursued on their own, to determine if the jobs could be used as a Co-op opportunity.
Do participating employers ever hire Co-op students after the Co-op term has ended?
There is no obligation on the part of the employer or student to continue employment at the end of the Co-op work period. National statistics show nearly half of students that participate in a Co-op go on to receive full-time employment with that company. (NACE 2008 Executive Summary, Experiential Education Survey)
Some sample Co-op positions:
- First Investors
- Hospital of Saint Raphael
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- IBM (Accounting majors)
- Yale University
- New Haven Historical Society
- Bristol Myers-Squibb
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Kinder Care
- Trumbull Library
- State of Connecticut Auditors of Public Accountants