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  • What is Cooperative Education and Why should I participate? 

    NJCU's Cooperative Education Program gives you the opportunity to earn a salary, in most cases, while you earn credits toward your undergraduate degree. The Co-op Program broadens and enhances your education by supplementing the University's strong academic programs with professional work experience.

    The aim of the Cooperative Education Program is to combine classroom learning with practical experience and to provide a realistic, practical opportunity to test skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom. You can choose from a wide range of paid co-op employment positions with some of the best corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations in the region. You can explore more than one professional field of interest, and you'll be making important career contacts along the way-all while earning credits towards that degree.

    As cooperative education students, you are offered solid, salaried, entry-level professional positions with local, national, and international organizations. They include: banks, newspapers, radio stations, service organizations, large and small corporations, insurance companies, airlines, media networks retail stores, design studios, hospitals, etc. No matter what your area of interest-from business to the arts, media to mathematics, criminal justice to sociology-chances are you will find a co-op experience to match it.
     

    What do I gain from participating in the Cooperative Education Program?
    • Valuable contacts in your field, increased employability after graduation and an expanded network of people who know your abilities and can act as future references.
    • Ability to "test" a field before graduation, building maturity and professional confidence through on-the-job experience.
    • Money to offset the cost of your education and academic credit towards graduation.
    How do I qualify for Cooperative Education and can I convert a current job into a Co-op Ed. experience?
    • You must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative average, complete at least 45 credit hours and have a minimum of 6 credits in your declared major.
    • You must also have been accepted into a major academic department, and have obtained approval from the department chairperson in your major field of study.
    • Conversion of a job into a co-op: You must obtain a letter from your current employer, which indicates in detail what "new" learning experience is taking place, along with hours worked and salary earned. Chairperson's approval is required.
     
    How many credits can I earn in a Cooperative Education Experience and What schedule would be best for me?
     
    As an undergraduate, you can earn up to 12 credits through either part-time or full-time work experience. The number of credits you receive is based on the number of hours you work per week. There are three co-op schedules from which you can choose:
    • The Alternating Schedule: During alternating semesters, work full-time off campus, then study full-time on campus. 
    • The Extended Schedule: Pursue full-time co-op employment while studying part-time.
    • The Parallel Schedule: Work part-time and study part-time during the same semester.
    Where are the credits applied?
    • Credits earned can be applied towards your free electives or as part of your elective credits within your major requirements.
    • Please check with your department chairperson to use cooperative education credits within the major.
    How do I apply for a Cooperative Education experience?
    • You are welcome to stop in or telephone, and arrange a personal interview with a Cooperative Education Program counselor.
    • The counselor will provide you with an application, assist you in developing a resume describing appropriate educational and employment experience and help you register for cooperative education credits.
    What should I do after my Cooperative Education experience, particularly if I am a graduating senior?
    • Update your resume to reflect your cooperative education placement and get ready for the next experience.
    • Make an appointment to see your cooperative education counselor and discuss your next option.
    • Obtain a Senior Packet from the Career Planning & Placement Office, Vodra Hall 101.