1.What is the Cooperative Education Program?

The Cooperative Education 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, a Co-op assignment is a structured experiential learning opportunity in which students apply concepts studied in the classroom to "real world" work situations. Students must be supervised in person, in an office/organization location (students may not work remotely).

Co-op is offered on a semester basis, fall, spring, or summer (Term I), full-time, or part-time. A Co-op assignment can be multiple times with one employer or different employers.

2. Why should you participate in the Cooperative Education 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 Program work?
Co-op at FAU is a partnership among the student, employer, and the Career Center. Students may opt to participate in the alternating or parallel program.
  • Full-time (Alternating Co-op): Students alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time, paid Co-op 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 or accept employment with a new company. Full-time is defined as a minimum of 35 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks during the summer and 13 consecutive weeks during the fall and spring.
  • Part-time (Parallel Co-op): 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 10 consecutive weeks during the summer and 13 consecutive weeks during the fall and spring.
4. What is the application process?
  • Upload your resume on-line through OWL CareerLink
  • Submit your Co-op Application by the end of drop/add period of the semester

    Please note: Submitting your application to the Career Center is the first step in Co-op process. It is essential that you submit your application early enough to allow ample time to research and secure a position prior to the start of the subsequent semester.

  • Call the Career Center office on your campus with any questions.  Office contact information is listed below.
5. Who is eligible for Co-op?
  • A fully enrolled degree-seeking student at FAU and in good standing (not on probation; suspension or dismissal).
  • Completed 30 credits of undergraduate coursework or 9 credits of graduate coursework in current program.
  • Full-time FAU enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree seeking program and demonstrated progression towards degree.
  • 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 start date.  To review the requirements for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) for F-1 students please view the following webpage: http://www.fau.edu/isss/current/CPT.php.
  • 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 in the summer).
  • Students may not currently be on a GA, TA, or RA contract with their department.
6. How does a student secure a position?

The Career Center strongly encourages students to begin their search for positions early. Career Advisors are available through the same day career advising program as well as by appointment to assist students in designing a job search strategy, refining their resumes, and preparing for interviews. In order to receive elective credit, the academic department must give written approval; otherwise, Co-op credit is an additive credit. International students must register for a course either through the Co-op program, The Career Center's Professional Internship or a departmental internship in order to comply with federal guidelines. All I-20 forms must be updated prior to beginning a Co-op assignment. Acceptance and placement into a Co-op assignment is not guaranteed. All employees must be approved by the Career Center before being accepted into the program. Please note, positions that are full-time with benefits are not eligible for the Co-op Program.

7. How are students graded?

Students are asked to evaluate their work experience and review their learning objectives. Employers are also asked to provide feedback on the student's performance. Students are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory based on a midterm and two final evaluations. Only students who Register for a Co-op course will have it notated on their transcript.


Boca Raton Campus:

Jennifer Blythe, Director for Internships & Co-ops
FAU Career Center
777 Glades Road, SU 222
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 297-3533
Fax: (561) 297-2740

Davie Campus:

David JenksAssistant Director for Partner Campuses
FAU Career Center
3200 College Avenue, LA 109 
Davie, FL 33314
Phone: (954) 236-1214
Fax: (954) 236-1213

Jupiter Campus:

David JenksAssistant Director for Partner Campuses
FAU Career Center
5353 Parkside Drive 
SR 225 (Student Services Office)
Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: (561) 297-3533
Fax: (561) 297-2740