1.What is the Cooperative Education/Internship Program?

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

2. Why should you participate in the Cooperative Education/Internship 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/Internship Program work?
Co-op/Internship at FAU is a partnership among the student, employer, and the Career Development Center. Students may opt to participate in the alternating or parallel program.
  • Full-time (Alternating Co-op/Internship): Students alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time, paid Co-op/Internship 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/Internship 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/Internship): 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?
  • Please see the Co-op/Internship Application Check-List
  • Attend a Co-op/Internship Workshop To learn more about the Co-op/Intership process.

    Please note: Submitting your application to the Career Development Center is the first step in Co-op/Internship 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.

  • Submit your Co-op/Internship Application
  • Upload your resume on-line through OWL CareerLink
  • Call the Career Development Center office on your campus with any questions.  Office contact information is listed below.
5. Who is eligible for Co-op/Internship?
  • 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/Internship 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/Internship 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 Development Center strongly encourages students to begin their search for positions early. Advisors are available through the same day 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/Internship credit is an additive credit. International students must register for a course either through the Co-op/Internshiop program or a departmental internship in order to comply with federal guidelines. All I-20 forms must be updated prior to beginning a Co-op/Internship assignment. Acceptance and placement into a Co-op/Internship assignment is not guaranteed. All emplyess must be approved by the Career Development Center before being accepted into the program. Please note, positions that are full-time with benefits are not eligible for the Co-op/Internship Program.

7. How are students graded?

Student 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 evaluation. Only students who Register for a Co-op/Internship course will have it notated on their transcript.

Boca Raton Campus:

Jennifer Blythe, Interim Director for Internships & Co-ops
Career Development 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
Career Development 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
Career Development Center
5353 Parkside Drive 
SR 225 (Student Services Office)
Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: (561) 297-3533
Fax: (561) 297-2740