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    "I didn't just file and copy all day long. I had responsibilities and made a difference."

    Kristina Shtoler
    Accounting Major
    Co-op at Comvault Systems

    Cooperative Education is a form of Experiential Education in which students work and learn in paid career-related positions in business, industry, and government. Students enroll for at least one credit and work with a faculty member (sponsor) to integrate classroom learning with hands-on experience.

    Advantages of Participating in a Co-op

    • Through Co-op students have the opportunity to apply concepts, techniques, and methods learned in the classroom in the professional workplace.
    • Students gain valuable experience which enhances their resumes.
    • Students are often offered jobs after completion of their co-ops, as well as full-time positions with their co-op employers after graduation.
    • Students are able to make realistic decisions about future career plans.

    Co-op Basics

    • Students must register for at least one credit to complete their co-op and satisfy their ExEd requirement.
    • Students must work with a faculty member (sponsor) and meet with him or her on a regular basis to develop and strive to achieve a set of learning activities and goals during the co-op experience.
    • Students are required to submit academic work—usually a paper relating their experience to their classroom knowledge.

    Getting Started

    • Meet with your departmental advisor or the Co-op Director to discuss your interests and explore options.
    • Explore the ExEd database to find potential co-op jobs.
    • Develop a resume.
    • Select co-op job choices and give the list and your resume to the Co-op Director to review and send to potential employers.
    • Interview with employers and accepted a desired offer.
    • Find a faculty sponsor and complete registration paperwork.