What is Cooperative Education?
Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a structured method program that offers students the opportunity to alternate periods of academic study with periods of work closely related to their major field of study. The combination of academic study and work produces an overall learning experience that gives greater meaning to students' studies and more direction to career development.
This program is non-compulsory; however, the University urges students to gain work experiences either through internships or cooperative education assignments prior to graduation. The program is student oriented and centralized in the Office of Career Services (OCS).
Who can participate?
Any undergraduate and graduate student formally enrolled in a degree-granting program at North Carolina A&T State University (N.C. A&T) can participate in the Co-op. Participants must establish and maintain at least 2.0 overall grade point average. Freshmen must complete their first academic year prior to the first work assignment. Transfer students must complete one semester. Students must be registered with the Office of Career Services.
- Participants must establish and maintain at least a 2.0 overall grade point average.
- Freshmen must complete their first academic year prior to the first work assignment.
- Transfer students must complete one semester.
- Students must be register with the Office of Career Services.
Types of Co-op
There are two types of co-op assignments, alternating and parallel. Alternating co-op assignment is the most common type. This allows the student to travel to another city, state, or country and work full-time as a cooperative education student, enrolling only in the cooperative course. Parallel co-op assignment allows the student to go to school and work at the same time.