Co-op employers

If you’re an employer searching for well-trained, well-qualified student employees to join you in the workplace, look no further than the NC State University Cooperative Education Program.

What is Co-op?

As the largest Co-op program in North Carolina, we have Co-op arrangements with more than 600 companies or agencies – employers who are reducing their recruitment and training costs while helping to create a ready-made pool of younger, experienced professionals to meet their future staffing needs.

The NC State University Co-op Program is structured to fit company Co-op programs,with undergraduate students working three full-time alternating semesters. (Master’s and doctoral level students usually work only one or two semesters.) It’s an increasingly popular program – partnerships with public- and private-sector employers enable us to facilitate about 1,000 Co-op work rotations each academic year.

Employer Benefits

The NC State Cooperative Education Program is structured to provide meaningful work experiences for students, through alternating semesters of full-time study and full-time work.  At the same time, our students can fill an important role in your company – energetic, skilled workers eager to make a good impression and contacts in the real world.

A co-op is more than an internship or a part-time job – our students are dedicated, hard-working and ready to jump into a position that’s in line with their career or academic goals. While a student is out on Co-op, he or she is still considered a full-time NC State student.

Studies have shown that recruitment efforts were more successful with Co-op graduates, recruitment costs were lower and many Co-op students offered permanent jobs accepted them.

As an employer participating in the Co-op program, you’ll enjoy:

  • Access to reliable, motivated and skilled individuals whose career objectives are directly related to the job,
  • Access to temporary help with short- or long-term projects and assignments,
  • The opportunity to evaluate students for employment upon graduation,
  • Access to a diverse employee base, and The opportunity to form a lasting partnership between your organization and NC State University.
  • The opportunity to form a lasting partnership between your organization and NC State University.

Want to learn more? Request a Co-op Employer Packet: or 919.515.8847

Co-op Professional Associations

The American Society for Engineering Education – Cooperative and Experiential Education Division (ASEE-CEED). This organization is composed of the major schools and industry leaders in the international engineering cooperative education community. Attendance at the annual Conference for College Industry and Education Collaboration would be beneficial to any employer involved or interested in Cooperative Education.

Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA) For over forty years, the Cooperative Education & Internship Association, Inc. has provided professional services to members in cooperative education programs in colleges, universities and business/industry.

North Carolina Cooperative Education Association (NCCEA) The purpose of the NCCEA is to provide an organization for all North Carolina educational institutions, employers, and individuals interested in Cooperative Education.