Most employers who hire new graduates rate related work experience as the top criterion used in selecting successful employees. If this describes your philosophy, you will benefit from becoming actively involved with the Co-op Program. This exciting relationship will help you identify and train prospective employees before they graduate.
- Cultivate and evaluate future professional staff members
- Strengthen relationship with UNC Charlotte and promote your organization to students
- Lower recruiting, training, and outsourcing costs
- Student interns can offer a fresh perspective and new ideas to your organization
- Demonstrate your organization's commitment to education
- Build supervisory and mentoring skills of current staff
- Alleviate staff workloads by allowing trained student interns to work on professional level projects
- Past interns can serve as positive advocates of your organization upon their return to campus
- Promotes teamwork between employees and students
What is a Co-op?
- Paid career-related educational work opportunity to help students gain experience in a professional setting before graduating
- Available to students in the College of Computing and Informatics, William States Lee College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Belk College of Business
- Students may work 3 alternating full-time semesters of work with full-time semesters of school, 2 back-to-back full-time semesters of work, or 3 parallel part-time semesters of work with part-time semesters of school
- College of Engineering students must commit to complete 3 alternating semesters
- Engineering students may earn 1 complete year towards their professional license after completing three semesters of co-op and an accompanying co-op seminar
- Computing and Informatics students need only 2 alternating semesters
- Back-to-back schedules are NOT allowed for Computing and Informatics students
- Students are enrolled in a zero-credit transcript notation course each semester they work in order to maintain their full-time status with the University.
- Students in select colleges will complete a 1 credit co-op seminar follow-up course each semester they return to school
- Student eligibility: undergraduate student only; must be enrolled full-time, completed freshman level courses, and have a minimum GPA of at least 2.5
- Students must meet with their on-campus faculty advisor to plan out their co-op work and class rotation schedule before starting work
- Both students and employers submit a program evaluation at the end of each work semester. Evaluations are sent by email near the end of each semester.