What is a Cooperative Education?
Cooperative Education positions are paid positions that require students to work either full-time and return to school the following semester, or part-time while attending classes. Cooperative Education was originally conceptualized as a structured intentional work/learning experience designed to develop college students in technical and engineering disciplines to transition from education directly into their professions. Programs have broadened in scope, timing and variety of organizations and disciplines. Many employers now offer summer Co-ops and recruit Sophomores or Juniors to maximize the time for talent development as well as build a pipeline of strong candidates to make offers at the end of the experience just before graduation.
Internship is the most commonly used term to describe these experiential opportunities and will be used more frequently in this description.