Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a five-year educational program where students alternate between semesters of full-time study and full-time work in areas related to their academic studies and career interests. The Co-op Program assists students in clarifying their career aspirations while experiencing the connection between the theories learned in the classroom and applied in the workplace.

A student’s first year is dedicated to completing freshman year academic requirements and attending the required career development Co-op meetings to understand the rotational nature of the program, prepare for the recruitment process, and gain an understanding of workplace expectations. Over the course of the second through fourth years, Co-op students alternate semesters of study with semesters of full-time employment in accordance with the Co-op work/study schedule that has been approved by their Co-op advisor. The fifth year is devoted to full time study and completing the course requirements of the undergraduate degree.

The many benefits of participating in cooperative education include having the opportunity to work at a maximum of three different employers and the ability to gain knowledge and skills while receiving compensation on a full-time basis.



The Co-op Program is available to full-time undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the engineering, computer science, and cybersecurity disciplines. Students must commit to a five-year alternating work/study schedule and attend the required Career Development workshops. All freshman year course requirements must be completed, and students must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.20 GPA and able to complete a minimum of three co-op work terms. For more information, contact call 201.216.5166, or visit the Career Center on the 6th Floor of the Wesley J. Howe Center.