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University Co-operative Education


WHAT IS CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION ?

Co-operative Education is a unique educational program in which students integrate classroom study with periods of paid, supervised work experience related to their academic major. At Florida Atlantic University, co-op is a structured experiental learning opportunity in which students apply concepts studied in the classroom to "real world" work situations. Co-op is offered on a semester basis, fall, spring, or summer (term C), full-time, or part-time. A co-op assignment can be multiple times with one employer or different employers. 

WHY SHOULD YOU CO-OP ?

-> 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

HOW DOES CO-OP WORK ?

Co-op at FAU is a voluntary program that requires the commitment of the student and employer. It is a partnership among the student, employer, and the co-op office. Students may opt to participate in the alternating or parallel programs.

Full-time (Alternating Co-op)
Students who 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.

Part-time (Parallel Co-op)
Students work on a part time basis while they are enrolled in full-time classes.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Students must first attend a co-op workshop during which time you will learn about requirements to be able to participate in co-op, how to submit an application, and upload your resume on-line with Interfase. Call the Career Development Center for your campus below with any questions.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR CO-OP ?

  • Full-time degree seeking FAU enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • FAU cumulative GPA of at least 2.30 undergraduate or 3.0 graduate
  • International students (F1 status) must have been enrolled in an American University for at least twelve months and completed one semester at FAU in current program
  • International students must obtain from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) 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)

HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED?

After the co-op office has determined eligibility, students' upload their resumes into Interfase. Employers then contact students they are interested in to set up interviews. Students who accept co-op employment offers must complete the required enrollment in their departmental co-op course if they are international students or are seeking elective credit. In order to receive elective credit, the academic department must give written approval; otherwise, co-op credit is an additive credit. All I-20 forms must be updated prior to beginning a co-op assignment. Acceptance and placement into co-op is not guaranteed. A student can find their own co-op employer, but it must be approved by the Associate Director of the Career Development Center before accepting the offer.

HOW ARE STUDENTS GRADED?

Students are required to complete a mid-term progress report, evaluate their work experience and attend a debriefing session. The co-op assignment is recorded on your transcript and is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

INTERNSHIPS

Internships are career-related experiences that enchance students' marketability upon graduation. They may be paid or unpaid, structured or unstructured, and may be eligble for credit. Interested students should view our link to Internships above, check the job listings in Interfase, or speak with faculty coordinator in their college.

-> Application Guidelines for U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents
-> Application Guidelines for International Students

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Boca Raton Campus:
Carol Lynch
Senior Secretary

Florida Atlantic University
Career Development Center
777 Glades Road, SU 222
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 297-3520
Fax: (561) 297-2740
clynch@fau.edu
Broward Campus:
Donna Lee
Associate Director

Florida Atlantic University
Career Development & Testing
2912 College Avenue, MOD 38G
Davie, FL 33314
Phone: (954) 236-1214
Fax: (954) 236-1213
dlee52@fau.edu
Jupiter Campus:
Heather Burke-Sheridan
Associate Director

Florida Atlantic University
Career Development Center
5353 Parkside Drive, SR 110
Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: (561) 799-8010
Fax: (561) 799-8046
hburke@fau.edu
 

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