Internships & Cooperative Education

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Prepare for Leadership, Test Skills and Abilities, Build Your Resume, Gain Practical Experience.

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NJCU’s Cooperative Education Program broadens and enhances your education by supplementing academic programs with professional work experience. Earn a salary and, at the same time, earn credits toward your undergraduate degree.

The Cooperative Education Program enables you to combine classroom learning with practical experience and provides an opportunity to utilize skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom.

You may choose from a wide range of co-op employment positions offered by corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations in the area. You may explore more than one professional field of interest and make career contacts along the way—all while earning credits.

Benefits of Cooperative Education

  • Experience in your career field
  • Exposure to employers who may support your future job applications
  • Opportunity to work in a variety of fields
  • On-the-job experience to develop your maturity and confidence
  • Paid employment to help with educational expenses
  • Academic credit toward graduation

How to Qualify for the CO-OP Ed Program

  • Must have 2.0 minimum cumulative average
  • Complete a minimum of 45 credit hours and a minimum of 6 credits in his/her declared major
  • Be accepted by a major academic department
  • Obtain approval from the department chairperson in a major field of study

Credits for Experience

As an undergraduate, you may 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  3 co-op schedules from which you may choose:

1. Alternating Program
During alternating semesters, you work full-time off campus for one semester, and the following semester, you study full-time on campus.

2. Extended Program
You pursue full-time co-op employment and study part-time during each semester.

3. Parallel Program
You work part-time and study part-time during each semester.

Application of Credits

Credits earned can be applied toward your free electives or electives in your major department. You must check with your department chairperson for specific inclusion within your particular degree program.

Gaining an Advantage

As a Cooperative Education student, you are offered entry-level, professional positions with local, national, and international organizations. These include banks, newspapers, service organizations, large and small corporations, insurance companies, 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 fit your field.

How to Apply

You are welcome to stop in, email, or telephone to arrange for a personal interview with a cooperative education program counselor. The counselor provides you with an application, assists you in developing a resume, and helps you register for cooperative education credit.

Student, Faculty, Coordinator, Employer

When you are hired for an internship position, you function exactly as a regular employee at the place of business, fulfilling all the normal duties and responsibilities of the job. In addition, you are responsible for a project which is developed in consultation with the faculty coordinator, and you attend one evening seminar at the University.

Cooperative Education Counselor

The cooperative education counselor is a trained professional who serves as a career counselor, job developer, and placement specialist. The counselor assists you in goal-setting, career decision-making,  and seeks work experiences appropriate to your interests and major field of study. The counselor provides career information, helps with the preparation of your resume, and assists with interviewing skills. When you are accepted for a co-op position, your cooperative education coordinator will provide on the job coaching and visit the work site to ensure your success.

Faculty Coordinator

  • Each cooperative education student is registered for a class and instructor. The instructor is responsible for:
  • Developing a Cooperative Education Learning Agreement with the student.
  • Providing assignments and scheduling class meetings.
  • Maintaining frequent contact during the student’s work experience.
  • Assigning the student’s final grades

Cooperative Education Employer

The cooperative education employer offers the  student a constructive and interesting work program. The employer communications regularly with the  co-op counselor, which develops an understanding  of the relationship between the workplace and academic goals.


Office of Academic Career Planning & Placement

Vodra Hall, Room 101

For additional information, contact Academic Career Planning & Placement 201-200-3005/6 or an internship coordinator  related to your major field of study.


Some of Our Participating Employers

Arthur Schuman, Inc.
Barclays Center
Cablevision Advertising
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 
Colonial Consulting IT Services 
Downtown Magazine
Enterprise Holdings, Inc
Essex County Probation
Fidelity Investments
Fox News
Go Vanguard IT Service
Hudson County Superior Court
Jersey City TV
JC Economic Development Corp. 
Kuehne + Nagel
Kvibe Productions
Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union 
Michael Kors
NJ Division of Criminal Justice
New Jersey News 12
NJ State Police
NJ Office of Homeland Security 
Plaza Hotel
Port Authority of New York & NJ
RNN Network
Tempo Networks
Wiss & Company, LLP
Wyndham Worldwide