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Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education

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Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a structured method of combining classroom experience-based education with practical work experience. Co-op positions must be related to one's major, be full-time (a minimum of 35 hours per week) and paid. The Co-op Program requires that a student work a minimum of 3 work terms with ONE employer. These work terms can occur during the fall, spring or summer semesters.


  • Gain up to one year or more of professional work experience to build the resume and one's network.
  • Earn money to assist with college expenses.
  • Develop professional skills necessary for long term on-the-job success.


  • Students must be a full-time student in one of the School of Business Administration, College of Arts & Sciences or School of Education and Health Sciences programs.
  • You must have a minimum GPA of 2.3.
  • Students generally begin the co-op ready and interview process during the first semester of sophomore year (third semester of study). The first term of work can begin no earlier than the second semester of the sophomore year (fourth semester of study).
  • Co-op placement should begin no later than mid-junior year.
  • Transfer students can co-op after completing one semester as a full-time student. Part-time students are not eligible. 

How to Find a Co-op

See Related Links below for the Co-op Office you need to contact depending on your major. 

  • Students will need to become "co-op" ready to apply for co-op positions. Access the Cooperative Education Handbook to begin the process.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor to define your goals, develop a job search strategy and complete the co-op ready checklist. Schedule an appointment online or call 937-229-2045.
  • As part of the co-op ready process, you will also need to meet with your Academic Advisor to develop a Work/Study Calendar.
  • Utilize your Handshake account, update your profile and the Career Interests section to meet your co-op goals, upload a current resume and search for positions under the Jobs & Internships tab.
  • Utilize on-campus recruiting during fall and spring semesters.
  • Access the internship/co-op job search resources tab.

Cooperative Education Courses (COP 103, 203, 303, 403)

Deadline to register an internship is August 27, 2021

  • The Cooperative Education courses are transcripted, zero-credit hour courses. All co-op positions must be registered for COP. 
  • Students have a full-time (minimum of 35 hours per week), semester long (minimum of 10 weeks) co-op during fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Registration of a co-op work term is REQUIRED for fall, spring, and summer semester.

How to Register Your Co-op for COP Courses

  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor in Career Services. Appointments typically run about 15 minutes.
  • Verify that you have a position: Forward a copy of the offer letter (or email) you received from your co-op employer to the Career Advisor. You may also bring a copy to your appointment. In addition, bring a copy of your Work/Study Calendar with your Academic Advisor's signature to your appointment. NOTE: Your registration will not be implemented without the completion of the Work/Study Calendar.
  • Co-op courses are not offered for academic credit at this time. 

Career Services

Alumni House
208 L Street
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2711