Cooperative Education (Co-Op Program)

The Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program provides opportunities for students to alternate semesters of academic study with full-time, career-related, paid work experience in industry, business, and government agencies.

Coordination of study and work combines theory and practice. As a result, students find increased meaning in and motivation for their studies. This experience helps to develop a sense of responsibility, judgment, and maturity. Students also benefit financially, since they are paid for their work.

In four-year undergraduate curricula, the Cooperative Education Program is sometimes a five-year plan. A student must complete at least two semesters of the freshman year with an above-average scholastic record before being placed with an employer. Cooperative Education is offered in all curricula of the College of Agriculture; Architecture, Design and Construction; Business; Engineering; Liberal Arts; Sciences and Mathematics and in all curricula of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

A graduate Co-Op Program can be arranged for certain students in master’s and doctoral programs where employers can provide professional work experiences which relate directly to the student’s specialized field of study.

For additional information, contact: Cooperative Education (Co-Op) Program, 104 Ramsay Hall, Auburn, AL, 36849-5123. Telephone: (334) 844-5410. Website:  www.auburn.edu/co-op.