Cooperative Education/Internship Program
Guidelines for Students
1.What is the Cooperative Education/Internship Program?
The Cooperative Education/Internship Program is a unique educational program in which students integrate classroom study with periods of paid, supervised work experience related to their academic majors. At Florida Atlantic University, Co-op/Internship is a structured experiential learning opportunity in which students apply concepts studied in the classroom to "real world" work situations.
Co-op/Internship is offered on a semester basis, fall, spring, or summer (Term I), full-time, or part-time. A Co-op/Internship assignment can be multiple times with one employer or different employers. See Co-op/Internship Program Education Partnership Model.
2. Why should you participate in the Cooperative Education/Internship Program?
- To explore career interests and work environments
- To enhance classroom learning through practical experience
- To receive training and utilize technologies in the workplace
- To clarify career objectives and execute a realistic job search strategy
- To network and secure job opportunities upon graduation
- To gain marketable experience
3. How does the Cooperative Education/Internship Program work?
Co-op/Internship at FAU is a partnership among the student, employer, and the Career Development Center. Students may opt to participate in the alternating or parallel program.
Full-time (Alternating Co-op/Internship): Students alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time, paid Co-op/Internship assignments. Students work full-time for a semester and return to school the following semester to continue their course studies. Students may remain with the same employer during their next Co-op/Internship or accept employment with a new company. Full-time is defined as a minimum of 35 hours per week for 10 - 13 consecutive weeks.
Part-time (Parallel Co-op/Internship): Students work on a part-time basis while they are enrolled in full-time classes. Part-time is defined as a minimum of 15 hours per week for 13 consecutive weeks.
4. What is the application process?
5. Who is eligible for Co-op/Internship?
- Completed 30 credits of undergraduate coursework or 9 credits of graduate coursework.
- Full-time FAU enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree seeking program.
- Transfer students must complete one semester at FAU.
- FAU cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 undergraduate or 3.0 graduate.
- International students (F-1 status) must have maintained valid F-1 status and full-time enrollment for at least two consecutive semesters prior to the Co-op/Internship start date.
- International students must obtain from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) an I-20 and meet all USCIS and/or ISSS requirements.
- Students must apply a semester prior to their participation (i.e. apply during the spring semester for a Co-op/Internship in the summer).
- Students may not currently be on a GA, TA, or RA contract with their department.
6. How are students selected?
After the Career Development Center has determined eligibility, employers search the database for résumés. Employers then contact students they are interested in to set up interviews. The Career Development Center also encourages students to search for positions. Students who accept Co-op/Internship employment offers must complete the required enrollment in their departmental Co-op/Internship course if they are international students or are seeking elective credit.
In order to receive elective credit, the academic department must give written approval; otherwise, Co-op/Internship credit is an additive credit. All I-20 forms must be updated prior to beginning a Co-op/Internship assignment. Acceptance and placement into a Co-op/Internship assignment is not guaranteed.
A student can find his/her own Co-op/Internship employer, but it must be approved by the Career Development Center before being accepted into the program. Please note, positions that are full-time with benefits are not eligible for the Co-op/Internship Program.
7. How are students graded?
Students are asked to evaluate their work experience and review their learning objectives. The Co-op/Internship assignment is recorded on the student's transcript and is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.