What is a Co-op?
Paid career-related educational work opportunity designed to help students gain experience in a professional setting before graduating. Co-op facts information:
- 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 and 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 of full-time work; Computing and Informatics students need only 2 alternating semesters of full-time work
- Engineering students may earn 1 complete year towards their professional license after completing three semesters of co-op and an accompanying co-op seminar
- Back-to-back schedules are NOT allowed for Computing and Informatics students
- Students are enrolled in a zero-credit transcript notation course each semester of work to maintain their full-time status with at UNC Charlotte
- Students in select colleges will complete a 1-credit co-op seminar follow-up course each semester they return to school
Benefits to Employers
- Cultivate and evaluate future professional staff members
- Strengthen relationship with UNC Charlotte and promote your organization to students
- Lower recruiting, training, and outsourcing costs
- Gain a fresh perspective and new ideas for your organization
- Demonstrate your organization's commitment to education
- Build the supervisory and mentoring skills of current staff
- Alleviate staff workloads by allowing trained co-op students to work on professional-level projects
- Gain positive advocates of your organization through past co-op students who return to campus
- Promote teamwork between employees and students
- Student eligibility: undergraduate students only; students must be enrolled full-time, have completed freshman-level courses and have a minimum GPA of 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.