How the Program Works
Some initial steps should take place if an employer wishes to hire a co-op student from NCA&T. After making contact with OCS and talking with the Assistant Director for Experiential Learning, review the current list of majors offered at http://www.ncat.edu/academics. This will help with deciding how many positions to interview and/or post. Also a potential employer may wish to visit the campus to discuss the program with the appropriate departmental staff and/or, when possible, have the staff visit the work site to gain first-hand knowledge of what may be required of the students.
Co-op students alternate terms of full-time attendance at NCA&T with terms of full-time employment with an employer. The employment must be related to the student’s area of study and full time (i.e., forty hours per week). Such training is expected to be diverse in order to afford students a breadth of experience. Typically, students work two or three terms. Most students who participate in co-op matriculate through the University in about five years.
When a student accepts a co-op assignment, he/she will visit the Office of Career Services in Suite 101 Murphy Hall, meet with the Assistant Director for Experiential Learning, complete a Prospective Co-op Student Form, and pick up an Information Packet. Enrollment in a co-op course is also required in order to maintain an active student status at the University.