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    COOPERATIVE EDUCATION 
    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

     

    WHAT IS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE? 

    The aim of the Cooperative Education Program is to combine classroom learning with practical work experience.   

    WHAT DO YOU GAIN FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM? 

    • Contacts for employment after graduation and a network of people who know your abilities.  
    • References for employment opportunities and graduate school. 
    • Opportunity to test a career interest before graduation.  
    • Confidence through on-the-job experience. 
    • Money to offset the costs of your education.  
    • Academic credit toward graduation.   

    HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR COOPERATIVE EDUCATION? 

    • Students must have a minimum of 2.0 cumulative average, 6 credits in their major, 45 credits or more, declared major, and chairperson approval.  

    HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR A COOPERATIVE EDUCATION EXPERIENCE? 

    • Contact the Cooperative Education Office, at (201) 200-3005-6, to schedule an appointment with a co-op coordinator.
    • Stop by the Cooperative Education Office, in Vodra Hall, 101 for an application, brochure, and online registration information and password. 

    HOW MANY CREDITS CAN YOU EARN AND WHERE ARE THEY APPLIED? 

    Cooperative education at NJCU is an academic program with faculty supervision. Students may earn up to 12 credits out of the 128 needed for graduation and 2 to 6 credits per semester.   The credit requires two registration numbers.  Students receive a pass/fail for the work experience and a grade for a project assigned by a faculty coordinator from their major field of study. A co-op internship can be either part-time or full-time.  Credit is determined by the number of hours that a student is interning. 

    Credits earned can be applied toward free electives or as an elective within the major field of study, with approval of the department chairperson. Students should contact their department chairperson regarding application of cooperative education credit within the major. 

    WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER A COOPERATIVE EDUCATION EXPERIENCE?  

    • Update your resume to reflect your cooperative education placement.
    • Identify new skills as a result of your cooperative education experience.
    • Ask for a letter of recommendation from your internship supervisor.
    • Meet with a cooperative education staff member to discuss other opportunities.
    • Graduating seniors should contact the Career Center to register for placement services.
    • Attend career fairs.
    • Use the Career Center web site for online career development information.  

    Contact:    The Career Center, Vodra Hall 101
    Toll Free:  (800) 624-1046 or (201) 200-3005/6
     
    Fax:  (201) 200-3229