What is Cooperative Education (co-op)?
Cooperative Education (co-op) is a program designed to integrate academic study with related job experience. Undergraduate students co-op multiple alternating work terms of full-time work and full-time study.
How far along in school should I be before starting a co-op assignment?
Students must have completed CODA into the major before starting their first work term. Most students begin applying for co-op in the spring of the freshman year in order to begin co-op in the sophomore or junior year.
May I co-op only during summers?
No, undergraduate co-op students work multiple terms, preferably a minimum of 3 alternating semesters or work.
May I co-op one semester only?
No, undergraduate co-op students work multiple terms, preferably a minimum of 3 alternating semesters of work.
Are all of the co-op jobs in the Raleigh area?
Co-op students work primarily in North Carolina; however jobs are also available throughout the United States. Willingness to relocate is one of the key factors to an increased number of job opportunities.
May I live at home while on co-op?
Yes, if you accept a job near your hometown.
What do I do about housing when I go to work?
Housing can be arranged with the help of employer representatives or through other co-op students. Students working in and around Raleigh can remain in on-campus housing.
Will I remain with the same employer for successive work terms?
Yes. The Co-op Program approves a special request to change employers only in extenuating circumstances. Remaining with the same employer allows students to work through ascending levels of responsibility.
Do I pay tuition while out on co-op?
No, co-op students pay a $490.00 fee instead of tuition for each and every work term including a summer work term.
Does participation in the co-op program affect my financial aid?
Yes, to some extent, depending on the type of financial assistance. Students must contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for additional information.
Do I receive academic credit for co-op?
No, but students’ registration for COP appears on the transcript each work term, and students receive a transcript notation for completing all requirements of the co-op program upon graduation.
What happens if I change my major after beginning the co-op program?
A change of employer may be required, however you may also be able to work in another department more closely related to your new major within the same company.
Will I have a guaranteed job offer from my Co-op employer at graduation?
Not a guaranteed offer, but companies prefer hiring students who have related work experience, especially within their organization.