Depending on the students' major or career interest, a Co-op position can come in a variety of ways, such as:
Part-time and Full-time Paid
These positions can be permanent or temporary (the length of the semester). Wages offered to Co-op students vary depending upon a student's academic major and past work experience.
Internships (paid and unpaid)
Like a semester in school, an internship is a job that lasts for a limited length of time. An internship is often set up with specified responsibilities in a company, nonprofit, or other organization. An internship is great opportunities to get your feet wet in a profession, see if you like it, and learn to hone some skills for the future.
Federal Work Study
The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study. Your Federal Work-Study salary will be at least the current federal minimum wage, but it may be higher, depending on the type of work you do and the skills required. Your total Federal Work-Study award depends on when you apply, your level of need, and the funding level of your school.
Contact Financial Aid to see if you are eligible for this program.
New Learning in Present Job
Many students have years of work experience and may be hoping to advance in their present job or find ways to broaden their professional development and expand their careers. Co-op provides students the opportunity to earn credits for working at their present job provides they learn new aspects of that job while participating in Co-op. All current positions need to be pre-approved by the Director and/or Coordinator. To obtain approval, students must contact the Cooperative Education office at 508.678.2811, ext. 2407.